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George Petrou

Biography

Born in Greece, George Petrou started his international career as conductor as a concert pianist after studying music at the conservatory of Athens, at the Royal College and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since 2012 he has been musical director of the renowned orchestra Armonia Atenea (formerly known as Camerata Athen). Armonia Atenea is Greece's only professional orchestra based in Athens Megaron playing on historic as well as on contemporary instruments. Together, they regularly go on concert tour throughout Europe, where they perform at venues like the Händelfestspiele Halle, the Opera Royal in Versailles and the Theatre Champs Elysees in Paris, the Tchaikowsky Hall in Moscow, and in the famous Wigmore Hall in London.
2014 Armonia Atenea became the first Greek orchestra playing at the BBC Proms, receiving ravish reviews. One of their next highlights will be their debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in May 2016.
During the past years, George Petrou and Armonia Atenea have recorded several well received CDs with Decca. Among them were complete recordings of Handel's Alessandro and Hasse's Siroe, Gluck's tenor arias with Daniel Behle as well as Rokoko, an album containing arias by Hasse sung by Max Emanuel Cencic. Their recording of Beethoven's Prometheus got international recognition and enthusiastic reviews. Handel's Armino will be released in February 2016 coinciding with the production of the opera at the opera house of Karlsruhe. An album with arias sung by Franco Fagioli will be their debut at the German label Deutsche Grammophon in autumn 2016.
For his recordings George Petrou received awards like Gramophon Magazine's editor's choice, a Diapason d'Or and an Echo Klassik in 2008. The artist regularly gets invited by great European orchestras and opera houses like the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Belgian B'Rock.

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Schedule

13 02 2016

ARMINIO / Karlsruhe

15 02 2016

ARMINIO / Karlsruhe

17 02 2016

ARMINIO / Karlsruhe

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1_13: La sorte mia tiranna

Siroe

3_17: Di Tuo Amor, Mio Cor è Indegno

Siroe

4: Se povero il ruscello

Gluck Opera Arias

05: Siam navi all onde

Rokoko

1_05: Fra le stragi e fra le morti

Alessandro

02: O di spietati numi più spietato ministro!

The 5 Countertenors

05: Ti parli in seno amore

The 5 Countertenors

06: Ch'io parta?

The 5 Countertenors

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Recordings

11 03 2016
Arminio
Arminio
Georg Friedrich Händel
18 11 2015
Baroque Divas
Baroque Divas
19 03 2015
The 5 Countertenors
The 5 Countertenors
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