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.

One of his recent achievements is the performance in the main role of Voskos and the stage direction of the original Greek opera Voskopoula by Dionysis Papamitsos, which had its world premier in Heraklion in August 2021 in a production by the Lyric Theater of Crete that was part of the festival "Crete one history 5+1 cultures" organised by the municipality of Heraklion.

Among his recent operatic roles are the title role from Mozart's Don Giovanni in Apollon Theater in Syros in a production 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 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” at Heraklion open-air festival (2019) etc.

 

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 been collaborating with the French pianist Mélisande Sinsoulier for a while and they have performed together art-songs and opera repertory in several venues and festivals, such as the international chamber music festival Casa dei Mezzo at Makrygialos in Crete (2019).

He has also performed 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). Other oratorios are  "Oratorio de Noël" by Camille Saint-Saëns and "Misa Criolla" by Ariel Ramírez.

He graduated from Acropolis Conservatory in Athens in 2011, 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).

His artistic interests include theatrical lighting design, stage direction, stage design, acting and argentinean tango dancing and he has participated in productions in the capacities of the aformentioned fields. Moreover, he is the artistic director of the Lyric Theater of Crete and a freelance lawyer and mediator.

Regarding his law studies, he graduated from Athens Law School of the National & Kapodistrian University. He finished 2 masters, one in Athens Law School and one in Frankfurt’s Institute for Law and Finance and was a visiting master student at Columbia University in New York with scholarship.

 RECENT PERFORMANCES
 

Opera

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

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

DIRECTING

D. Papamitsos  |  Voskopoula  |  Greece  |  August 2021 

LIGHT DESIGN

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

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

SET & COSTUMES DESIGN

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