Angelos SAMARTZIS  Tenor
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

Guest performances take Angelos Samartzis in 2021/2022 as FAUST to the Opera in Perm and to the Tallinn National Opera and as MANRICO in the new production ‘Il Tovatore’ to tthe Staatsoper Nürnberg.

Since the season 2017/18 ANGELOS SAMARTZIS has been a member of the Saarbrücken State Theatre’s ensemble. Here, he succeeds in such roles as RODOLFO, FAUST, JASON in ‘Medée’, ALFREDO in ‘La Traviata’, ISMAILE in ‘Nabucco’ and DON CARLO. In 21/22 he also sings BACCHUS in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ And CALAF in ‘Turandot’ here.
In December 2017 ANGELOS SAMARTIS made his very successful debut as RODOLFO at the Greek National Opera in Athens and the press enthusiastically wrote:
"His voice convinces with round, brilliant tones and secure high notes. The audience gave a big applause with bravos for Angelos Samartzis." Ingo Starz, Online Merker

In summer 2018 he impressed as DON JOSÉ in ‘Carmen’ at the Festival in Braunschweig and returned to Braunschweig State Theatre as RODOLFO in the season 2018/19

Angelos Samartzis was born in Athens and raised in Rhodos. He studied singing and music at the Athens Conservatory and Law at the Athens University. He graduated in opera music at the Karlsruhe Music Conservatory with Stephan Kohlenberg and Julia Várady and completed his musical studies with a master degree at the Music Academy Hanns Eisler Berlin with Stephan Rügamer and Julia Várady.

The singer attended master classes with Jane Henschel, Cheryl Studer, Robert Dean Smith, Marlis Petersen, Donald Litaker, David Jones and Brian Zeger.

In 2007 he made his debut at the Greek National Opera as RAMIRO in Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’.

Angelos Samartzis already sang such parts as HOFFMANN (The Tales of Hoffmann/ J.Offenbach), RODOLFO (La bohème / G.Puccini), FAUST (Faust / C.Gounod), GIRAFFIER (Lesa deux aveugles / J. Offenbach), LACOUF (Les mamelles de Tiresias / F.Poulenc) as well as ALWA and MALER in a concert performance of Alban Berg’s “ Lulu”. At the Rheinsberg Castle Chamber Orchestra’s Festival the tenor performed CARAVADOSSI.

In January 2016 he took part in the world premiere of the opera “Das schwarze Wasser at the Neuköllner Oper Berlin. In January 2017 he made his debut as NARRABOTH in “Salome” at the Theatre Nordhausen.

Angelos Samartzis regularly appears in concerts and opera galas with such orchestras as the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt, Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha, the Brandenburg Symphonic Orchestra, or the Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra Tschenstochow.

In the season 2019/20 he made his debut as RICARDO in ‘Un ballo in maschera’ and sang this very role also at the Halle Theatre. At the Bolshoi Theatre he could be seen in an opera gala concert.

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken - Turandot - CALAF
Calaf-Tenor Samartzis lässt sich - schwer erkältet – ansagen und kommt trotzdem nicht nur ausdauernd über jedes vollmundige Orchester-Tutti. Nein, er hat auch noch eine schöne Stimme, die er uns stolz und warm herzeigt.
Opernwelt 4/22 , Arno Lücker
Vocally the role of Price Calaf, portrayed and sung by Angelos Samarzis, was the highlight of the performance.
OPUS Kulturmagazin, 06. Februar 2022, Friedrich Spangemacher
Particularly worth mentioning is Angelos Samartzis as CALAF, who with tenoral glaze and amazing stage presence manages to make the opera world stand still with his „Nessun dorma“.
OPRHEUS 02/22 , Kirsten Benekam
Staatstheater Nürnberg – Il Trovatore - MANRICO
…and the fact that Manrico has to reassemble the Punch and Judy show while he is singing ‚Di quella pira‘, verges on pure singer harassment. Angelos Samartzis truly didn’t deserve this, all the more because he convinces with extremely enthralling Italianità, in spite of him suffering from a cold. His high peaks are brilliantly secure, integrated in exceptionally beautifully formed lines , full of inner energy. The troubadour simply needs such singer instinct…
Michael Stallknecht, Opernwelt 1/22
One could hardly notice from Angelos Samartzis‘ ( as Manrico) beautiful tenor voice, which was effortlessly effective in the heights, that he was still in poor health, although his voice wasn’t exactly smoothly lead.
Süddeutsche Zeitung
www.sueddeutsche.de
And then there is the title figure, a parade role for every tenor. Although Angelos Samartzis was announced before the performance as being indisposed by artistic director Jens-Daniel Herzog, one could hardly notice it. On the contrary. He has a powerful, strinkingly wilful and also beautiful voice.
BR Klassik
www.br-klassik.de
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Ariadne auf Naxos - BACCHUS
…and wouldn’t have flashed without the fantastic singers, ...; the pleasantly tenorally cheeks blowing Angelos Samartzis as Bacchus…
Götz Tieme, Opernwelt 11/21
Very impressive Angelos Samartzis as Bacchus.
Friedrich Spangemacher – Opus
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Il Trovatore - MANRICO
…Angelos Samartzis plays a fabulous Manrico: The voice of the young, Athens-born tenor is secure in the high registers and makes the figure of Manrico somewhat lyrical and youthfully fresh.
Das Opernglas, 1ß/2020 K.Scharffenberger
Angelos Samartzis is a tough Manrico, who chilly and nonchalantly faces his part but without fear, which provokes a not at all uninteresting contrast with the scenic somberness. Right from his first appearance with ‘Deserto sulla terra’ he displays self-confidence but is nevertheless appropriately lyrical. Considering his overall performance, some rudenesses, including the uninhibitedly dashed ‘Di quella pria’ are gladly forgiven.
OPER! Oktober 2020
Angelos Samartzis approaches the role in accordance with this interpretation: like a daring nature boy he throws himself into the demanding score, fearlessly facing the high notes, which he sings effortlessly, as if they were just lying there at the roadside. Besides he stands out for his soft timbre, which transports enormous emotions.
Opernmagazin
www.opernmagazin.de
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Don Carlo - DON CARLO
"But of course the main vocal burden falls on Angelos Samartzis, who succeeds in singing the difficult title part with secure heights and a rich middle register."
OPERNWELT 3/20 – Uwe Schweikert
Staatstheater Braunschweig – La Bohème - RODOLFO
"Already the first tones of Angelos Samartzis with their metallic timbre remind of the young Luciano Pavarotti. During the whole evening, the young Greek sings nuancedly and sensitively shows various facets of Rodolfo, who is often portrayed rather one dimensional."
Der Opernfreund
www.deropernfreund.de
Opernhaus Halle – Un ballo in maschera - GUSTAVO
"(...). Guest singer was the tenor Angelos Samartzis in the role of Gustavo. It is a real pleasure to hear the Greek’s dashing carefreeness. He doesn’t only play with his arms wide open - he also sings like that, so to speak (…)"
Concerti
www.concerti.de
Staatsoper Saarbrücken – Medea - JASON
"Angelos Samartzis is a strong voiced Jason Jason."
Jesper Klein, 24.01.19, Frankfurter Allgemeine
www.faz.net
"If Angelos Samartzis wouldn’t sing the part with such an elegant, deeply moving tenor voice, one had not have great sympathy for the character."
Oliver Schwambach, 20.01.19, Saarbrücker Zeitung
www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de
"But every time the waves inside Medea seem to have been calmed down , Jason (Angelos Samartzis) with his brightly flaring, almost ambarrasly healthy tenor voice appears on scene, a dazzling light in the longed-for darkness."
Andreas Falentin, 19.01.19, Die Deutsche Bühne
www.die-deutsche-buehne.de
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – La Traviata - ALFREDO
… which brings you to your knees. And that is exactly what Angelos Samartzis as Alfrede Germont is doing, as he declares his love for her with a brilliant tenor voice („Un di felice, eterea): A real dream couple, vocally secure even in the highest registers.
Saarbrückener Zeitung
www.saarbrückener-zeitung.de
Saarländisches Staatstheater – Nabucco - ISMAELE
Angelos Samartzis as vivacious Ismaele combines lyrical melodiousness and the brilliance of a heroic tenor,...
Die Rheinpfalz
www.rheinpfalz.de
Nationaloper Athen - La Bohème - RODOLFO
"Vocally, the best impression was made by Angelos Samartzis as Rodolfo. His voice convinces with round, brilliant tones and secure high notes…The audience gave a big applause with bravos for Angelos Samartzis."
Ingo Starz, 27.12.17, Online Merker
www.der-neue-merker.eu
"A real revelation in a field that urgently needs new blood was the tenor Angelos Samartzis, who embodied with generous singing and solid acting a plethoric Rodolfo."
Eftychios D. Horiatakis, 04.01.18
www.athinorama.gr
Theater Nordhausen - Luisa Fernanda – JAVIER
"An enirely good ensemble with an outstanding Angelos Samartzis as Javier. The young Greek, who changed this season to the Saarbrücken State Theatre and who could be seen recently at the Atherns State Opera, has the potential to become a star. With brilliant professionalism he sang the part of Javier and meanwhile has become much more stable in his passionate voice leading."
Wolfgang Hirsch, 08.01.18, Thüringer Allgemeine
www.thueringer-allgemeine.eu
Saarländisches Staatstheater – La Bohème – RODOLFO
"Vocally Angelos Samartzis as Rodolfo made the best impression. His voice convinced with round, brilliant tones and secure high notes."
Online Merker
www.der-neue-merker.eu
"The Greek tenor Angelos Samartzis made his debut at the State Theatre in the huge role of Rodolfo. One can’t but congratulate the artistic director to this new ensemble member. With his extremely powerful and expressive voice Samartzis succeeded in making Rodolfo’s entire passion palpable: longing for love and pain, dedication and desperation. … He was just fabulous in the role."
Opus Kulturmagazin
www.opus-kulturmagazin.de
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – La Bohème – RODOLFO
Theater Nordhausen - La Boheme - RODOLFO
"Most of the performers presented beautiful singing, combined with passion and an overwhelming joy of acting. ...Angelos Samartzis as Rodolfo with beautiful timbre and brilliant heights is her equal in every respect."
Das Opernglas - Oktober 2016
"Rhodos-born Angelos Samartzis impressed as Rodolfo with his brilliant heights. The audience rewarded himm with standing ovations.."
Thüringer Allgemeine - September 2016
Rüsselsheim City Theatre - Opera gala concert
"In the "Lied von Klein-Zack" (Offenbach's ?Tales of Hoffmann ") Angelos Samartzis proved sense for bizarre moments and as indulging, emphatic (Jules Massenet)he succeeded in reaching brilliant heights."
Rüsselsheimer Echo - Dezember 2015
"One highlight followed the other in the second part of the 2 hours lasting gala concert, in which the Greek tenor Angelos Samartzis became more and more the public's favourite. Especially Jaques Offenbach's ?Il était une fois" (?Es war einmal am Hofe von Eisenack"), better known as ?The Ballad of Kleinzack", the tenor thrilled the audience with his brilliant vocal power and his perfect acting. "
 
 
 
ON STAGE
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Saarländisches Staatstheater – Don Carlos - DON CARLOS
Photo: Astrid Karger
 
Saarländisches Staatstheater – Don Carlos - DON CARLOS
Photo: Astrid Karger
 
Saarländisches Staatstheater – Don Carlos - DON CARLOS
Photo: Astrid Karger
 
Bühnen Halle – Un ballo in maschera - GUSTAVO
 
Bühnen Halle – Un ballo in maschera - GUSTAVO
 
Bühnen Halle – Un ballo in maschera - GUSTAVO
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Nabucco - ISMAELE
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Medée – JASON
Photo: Staatstheater Saarbrücken
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Medée – JASON
Photo: Staatstheater Saarbrücken
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Medée – JASON
Photo: Staatstheater Saarbrücken
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Nabucco – ISMAELE
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – Nabucco – ISMAELE
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – La Traviata - ALFREDO
 
Greek National Opera - La Bohème - RODOLFO
Photo: GNO / Andreas Simopoulos
 
Greek National Opera - La Bohème - RODOLFO
Photo: GNO / Andreas Simopoulos
 
Saarländisches Staatstheater – La Bohème – RODOLFO
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – La Bohème – RODOLFO
 
Staatstheater Saarbrücken – La Bohème – RODOLFO
 
Theater Nordhausen - La Boheme - RODOLFO
 
Theater Nordhausen - La Boheme - RODOLFO