Obituary: Mezzo-soprano Daphne Evangelatos Passes at 78

By Nicolas Quiroga

Mezzo-soprano Daphne Evangelatos passed away at the age of 78 on Nov. 18, 2021.

Evangelatos was born in Athens into a family of artists. She was the daughter of composer Antiochos Evangelatos and harpist Xeni Bourexaki-Evangelatos as well as the sister of director and academic Spyros Evangelatos. She studied music at the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens and continued her musical studies in Vienna. She then went off to the Bayerische Staatsoper where she performed regularly as an opera singer. She would then go on to perform at all of the major companies around the world in such major cities as Berlin, Rome, Vienna, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Milan, among others.

Her repertoire was distinguished by its breadth and difficulty and included more than 40 roles in operas, oratory, lieder and symphonic music with singing by world famous composers, such as Monteverdi, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Bizet, Berloiz, Shubert, Schuman, Brahms, Wagner, Strauss and many others.

Since 1993 she had been a professor at the Munich University of Music and Theater and also directed a Musical Theater course at the August Everding Bavarian Theater Academy. She was also serving as vice-rector of the Munich Academy of Music.