Obituary: Greek Soprano Martha Arapis Dies of COVID Complications

By Francisco Salazar

Greek soprano Martha Arapis died on Dec. 23, 2021, from COVID complications.

Born in Piraeus, Greece, the soprano studied classical singing at the Conservatory of Piraeus, under George Zervanos and graduated with the highest honor.

The soprano went on to perform around Greece and collaborated with almost all the national orchestras, including the Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, National Symphonic Orchestra, and Contemporary Music Orchestra of ERT. Camerata. Orchestra of Colors.

Arapis was also a leading performer at the Greek National Opera where she would take the stage between 1988 and 2009 in more than 40 productions of 20 operas. Among the operas that starred in were “De Fledermaus,” “Norma,” “Don Pasquale,” “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata,” “The Magic Flute,” “Falstaff,” “Don Giovanni,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Simon Boccanegra,” “La Boheme,” and “Carmen,”  among others.

Outside of Greece, she sang with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Sofia National Opera Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra. Arap also participated in the Group “Tragoudites” (Singers).

Her repertoire included baroque, classic, romantic, and contemporary works, as well as compositions of old and contemporary Greek composers.

Throughout her career, Arapis received the Apollo Award 2014 by the “Friends of the Greek National Opera Society” for her achievements in opera and the Gina Bachauer & Nikolaos Doumbas Prize 2017 by the “Gina Bachauer International Music Association” for her contributions to Greek art music.