RESUME 

 about Manos

Height: 6"3   |   Eye Color: Hazel   |   Hair Color: Brown

Manos Christofakakis is an emerging bass from Greece. He was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1989. He has performed in opera festivals, theaters and concert halls in Europe and has been distinguished in international competitions. Moreover, he is the artistic director of the Lyric Theater of Crete and a freelance lawyer and mediator.

His artistic interests include theatrical lighting design, stage direction, stage design and argentinean tango dancing and he has participated in productions in the capacities of the aformentioned fields. When he has the opportunity he enjoys to take part in the creative side in operas he is performing.

 

 

Among his recent operatic roles are Figaro, from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro", in two different productions, one by Lyric Theater of Crete in Heraklion and Siteia (August 2022) and one by Opera Panonnica at KMD Theater in Dubrovnik (June 2022), the title role from Mozart's Don Giovanni in Apollon Theater in Syros, produced by Teatro Grattacielo from New York & Sinfonietta Hellenica from Athens (April 2022),  Simone from Puccini's “Gianni Schicchi” at Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade (January 2022), La Voce di Nettuno from Mozart's “Idomeneo” at the Cultural Conference Center of Heraklion in a co-production with Teatro Grattacielo from New York (November 2021), Guglielmo at Mozart’s comic opera “Cosi fan tutte” which he performed in several theaters in Croatia (Bjelovar & Vukovar) with Opera Pannonica Ensemble (September 2021) and also in Heraklion with the Lyric Theater of Crete (August 2021), Leporello at Mozart's “Don Giovanni” in an international tour that finished with a performance in Hungary with the Symphonic Orchestra of Szeged (June & July 2021) and later in KMD Theater in Dubrovnik (October 2021), the title role from Mozart's “Don Giovanni” at Vienna Opera Festival (2020), the title role from Xanthoulis' children opera “The Selfish Giant” that took place at the Cultural Conference Center of Heraklion (2020), Uberto at Pergolesi's “La Serva Padrona” by the Lyric Theater of Crete (2019) etc.

 

As far as his creative work is conerned, he recently co-directed and co-designed the stage of "Marriage of Figaro" in Heraklion and Siteia in August 2022 with Heather Tan in a production by the Lyric Theater of Crete that was part of the 2nd "Crete Festival" of the Region of Crete.  Moreover, he directed in August 2021 the world premier of the original Greek opera "Voskopoula", composed by Dionysis Papamitsos, in a production by the Lyric Theater of Crete that was part of the festival "Crete one history 5+1 cultures" of the Municipality of Heraklion.

He has designed the lights of two Mozart's operas at KMD Theater in Dubrovnik, "Marriage of Figaro" in June 2022 and "Don Giovanni", in October 2021, the later together with Alexandros Politakis. Moreover he designed the lights in an ancient Greek tragedy, Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles in September 2021 and a contemporary theatrical mononlogue with live music, based on Yerma by F.G. Lorca in July 2022. In August 2019 he co-designed the stage at Pergolesi's Serva Padrona.
 

 In January 2020 he participated in the International Solo Singing Competition Lazar Jovanović in Belgrade, Serbia and in October 2020 in Lav Mirski Internatinal Singing Competition in Osijek, Croatia and was awarded First Prize and Second Prize respectively as well as special prizes.

 

He has also performed recitals in several venues and festivals, such as the international chamber music festival Casa dei Mezzo at Makrygialos in Crete (2019). Moreover, he has sung Operetta, such as Piazzolla's tango-operetta "Maria de Buenos Aires" where he interpreted the role of El Payador, as well as Oratorio,  with most recent performance at Mozart's Requiem at the Cultural Conference Center of Heraklion (April 2022).

He holds a master in Singing from the Academy of Arts and Culture of Osijek, that is a part of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University, under the supervision of prof. Berislav Jerkovic. He has graduated from Acropolis Conservatory in Athens, with Distinction and 1st Prize under the guidance of the tenor Zachos Terzakis. He has attended several masterclasses and seminars with distinguished singers and professors such as Mária Temesi, Vladimir Chernov, Dimitri Kavrakos, Victoria Loukianetz, Noe Colin, Berislav Jerkovic, Jesus Leon, Tassis Christoyannis, Katerina Tsagaraki and has attended opera academies (Vienna Opera Academy & Camerata Bardi Academy in New York, both with scholarship).

Regarding his law studies, he graduated from Athens Law School of the National & Kapodistrian University. He finished two law masters, one in Athens Law School and one in Frankfurt’s Institute for Law and Finance and was a visiting master student at Columbia Law School in New York with scholarship.

 RECENT PERFORMANCES
 

Opera

W. A. Mozart  |  Le Nozze di Figaro  |  Figaro  |  Greece |  August 2022

 

W. A. Mozart  |  Le Nozze di Figaro  |  Figaro  |  Croatia |  June 2022

W. A. Mozart  |  Don Giovanni  |  Don Giovanni  |  Greece |  April 2022

W.A. Mozart  |  Requiem  | Bass-Soloist  |  Greece |  April 2022

G. Puccini  |  Gianni Schicci  |  Simone  |  Serbia  |  January 2022

W. A. Mozart  |  Idomeneo  |  La voce di Nettuno  |  Greece  |  November 2021 

W. A. Mozart  |  Don Giovanni  |  Leporello  |  Croatia  |  October 2021 

W. A. Mozart  |  Cosi fan tutte  |  Guglielmo  |  Croatia  |  September 2021 

D. Papamitsos  |  Voskopoula  |  Voskos  |  Greece  |  August 2021 

W. A. Mozart  |  Cosi fan tutte  |  Guglielmo  |  Greece  |  August 2021 

W. A. Mozart  |  Don Giovanni  |  Leporello  |  International Tour |  June-July 2021

W. A. Mozart  |  Don Giovanni  |  Don Giovanni  |  Austria | August 2020

N. Xanthoulis  |  Selfish Giant  |  Selfish Giant  |  Greece |  March 2020

Recitals/
Concerts

Concert  |  Opera  |  Greece  |  September 2022

Concert  |  Opera  |  Greece  |  August 2022

Recital  |  Oratorio  |  Greece  |  April 2022

 

Recital  |  Opera-Lied  |  Greece  |  October 2021

Recital  |  Opera  |  Greece  |  August 2021

Recital (online)  |  Oratorio-Lied-Opera  |  Greece  |  April 2021

Recital (online)  |  Oratorio  |  Greece  |  April 2021

Recital  |  Musical  |  Greece  |  January 2021

Concert  |  Opera  |  Greece  |  August 2020

Recital  |  Opera-Lied  |  Greece  |  July 2020

Creative

STAGE DIRECTING

W. A. Mozart  |  Le Nozze di Figaro  |  Greece |  August 2022

D. Papamitsos  |  Voskopoula  |  Greece  |  August 2021 

LIGHT DESIGN

F.G Lorca  Yerma - el cuerpo muerto |  Greece  |  June 2022

W. A. Mozart  |  Le Nozze di Figaro  |  Figaro  |  Croatia |  June 2022

W. A. Mozart  |  Don Giovanni  |  Croatia  |  October 2021 

Sophocles  |  Oedipus at Colonus  |  Greece  |  September 2021 (Theater)

SET DESIGN

W. A. Mozart  |  Le Nozze di Figaro  |  Figaro  |  Greece  |  August 2022

G. B. Pergolesi  |  Serva Padrona  | Greece  |  August 2019