Tassis Christoyannis is highly sought after for roles in Italian and French opera repertoire, but he has also built up an outstanding reputation as a French Melody performer.
Born in Athens, he studied piano, singing, conducting and composition at the Athens Conservatoire.
As a member of the Greek National Opera company, he sang Belcore (l’Elisir d’amore), Don Carlos (Ernani), Papageno, Conte Di Luna (Il Trovatore), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Guglielmo (Cosi fan Tutte), Eugene Onegin etc…
He worked with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf) singing Posa (Don Carlos), Germont (La Traviata), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Taddeo (l’Italiana in Algeri), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Guglielmo (Cosi fan Tutte), Ulisse (Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria), Oreste (Iphigenie en Tauride), Eugene Onegin.
Performances in recent years include Hamlet in Düsseldorf, Germont (La Traviata) at La Monnaie in Brussels, Düsseldorf, Nantes, Geneva and at the Glyndebourne Festival, Figaro at the Staatsoper Berlin, Rouen, Geneva, Vienna and Paris, Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Düsseldorf, Tours and Amsterdam, Don Giovanni in Tours and Budapest (cond. Ivan Fischer), Alfonso (La Favorita) in Montpellier, Guglielmo in Las Palmas and Budapest (cond. Ivan Fischer), Ulisse in Hamburg, Posa in Frankfurt, Pelléas in Düsseldorf, Ford (Falstaff) in Glyndebourne (V.Jurowski / R.Jones) and Nantes, Oreste (Grétry’s Andromaque) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and in Brussels, Monfort (Les Vêpres Siciliennes) in Geneva, Valentin (Faust) at the Paris Opera, Macbeth in Bordeaux and Athens, Silvio (I Pagliacci) in Paris, Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) in Tours, Egée (Gossec’s Thésée) in Liège and Versailles, Danaüs (Salieri’s Les Danaïdes) in Versailles, Ali Baba by Lecocq in Paris (Opéra-Comique), Marcello (La Bohème) in Paris, Cinq-Mars by Gounod in Munich, Vienna and Versailles, Michele and Gianni Schicchi (Il Trittico) in Tours, Duparquet (Ciboulette) in Paris Opéra-Comique,Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades) in Strasbourg, Chorèbe (Les Troyens) in Geneva, Posa (Don Carlo) and Simon Boccanegra, title role, in Bordeaux, Germont (La Traviata) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ali-Baba in Rouen, Posa (Don Carlo) in Strasbourg, Macbeth in Athens, Le Timbre d’argent (Saint-Saens) at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Luna (Il Trovatore) in Frankfurt, Gounod’s Le tribut de Zamora in concert in Munich and Versailles, Ford (Falstaff) on tour with the BFO and Ivan Fisher, a concert tour with Saint-Saens’ mélodies in Switzerland and in Italy, Germont in La Traviata, Enrico (Lucia) and Simone Boccanegra in Athens, Falstaff (Ford) in Vincenza, Tarare with Les Talents Lyriques at the Theater an der Wien, Versailles, Philharmonie de Paris, Caen, Jephte with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in Budapest.
Tassis Christoyannis has performed in a number of French Melody concerts throughout Europe.
In collaboration with the Palazetto Bru Zane, he has recorded melodies by Camille Saint-Saens, Benjamin Godard, Charles Gounod, Félicien David, and Edouard Lalo.
Forthcoming projects include : Germont (La Traviata), Posa (Don Carlo) in Athens, the recording of two CD devoted to Renaldo Hahn, Falstaff (title role) in Lille and Luxembourg, Campra’s Idoménée in Lille and at the Staatsoper Berlin and a number of productions with the Palazetto Bru Zane in Venice – Armide, Maître Péronilla, Phèdre, Dardanus – in collaboration with major opera houses.