Obituary: Renown Contralto Yeoryia Megremis Passes Away

By Francisco Salazar

Greek contralto Yeoryia Megremis has died.

The acclaimed singer graduated from the University of Indiana with a major in opera and won first prize in vocal and operatic studies at the Athens Conservatory in Greece.

Following her studies in Greece, the singer competed at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where she won the Regional Auditions and made a successful New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall.

Throughout her career she became well-known for her interpretations of Azucena in “Il Trovatore,” Amneris in “Aida,” and the Principessa in Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur.” She was also renowned for her interpretations in the oratorio repertoire in the works of Bach and Mahler.

She went on to make her Avery Fisher Hall debut in Verdi’s Requiem and also sang in Lubo Opera’s Premiere production of Kalman’s operetta “The Dutchess of Chicago.” Other highlights include La Principessa in “Suor Angelica” with the Genesis Opera and the Verismo Opera of New Jersey. She was also a renowned singer with Opera Classics.

Upon retiring from the stage, Megremis became the Company Manager of the Long Island Opera, Treasurer of the Hellenic Music Foundation, and an affiliate with the Siena Program in Italy.

The contralto also opened her studios in New York as an outlet to help singers at different stages of their career and technical development.