The Greek national anthem will be sung by Agni Baltsa during the Olympic Flame ceremony in Kallimarmaro on May 17.
The Greek opera star was chosen to sing the Greek national song in a special evening, marked by strong emotions, sportsmanship, and of course VIPs from all across the world.
Baltsa, born in 1944 in Lefkada, began playing piano at the age of six before moving to Athens in 1958 to concentrate on singing. She graduated from the Greek National Conservatory in 1965 and then travelled to Munich to continue studying under a Maria Callas scholarship.
She made her first appearance in an opera in 1968 as Cherubino in “The Marriage of Figaro” at Frankfurt Opera, before going on to appear as Octavian in “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Vienna State Opera in 1970. Under the guidance of Herbert von Karajan, she soon became a regular at the prestigious Salzburg Festival. She became “Kammersängerin” of the Vienna State Opera in 1980.
Her most well-known performance is that of Carmen by Georges Bizet, which she has sung a number of times with José Carreras. She has also sung works by Mozart, Rossini, Mascagni, Saint-Saëns, Verdi, Bellini and Donizetti.
Agni Baltsa’s response to the Greek request to sing at the event raised its standards, and now the Brits are looking for a similarly famous and talented star to sing their own anthem, as Olympic traditions impose. It remains to be announced who that person will be.
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