The Greek soprano Fanie Antonelou won the first prize of the international competition Maria Callas in Athens “Grand Prix Maria Callas“ in the category oratorio/lied and has also been awarded the “Frankfurt Mendelssohn-Prize”. She studied voice, opera and lied at the Stuttgart College of Music as well as Early Music at the College of Music Trossingen in Germany.
She recorded the role of Susanna (Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro) with the MusicAeterna Orchestra under the baton of Teodor Currentzis in his much-discussed Sony Classical recording. With T. Currentzis she has recently sung the soprano part in Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem at the Festival of Baden-Baden.
She has made guest appearances in the Stuttgart State Opera House (Inez in Verdi’s Trovatore, Diane in Gluck’s Ifigénie en Tauride, soprano in St. John Passion by Bach), the Athens Concert Hall (Handel’s Messiah), the Perm Opera House (Zerlina, Susanna, Belinda), and at festivals such the Schleswig-Holstein Festival (songs by Lili Boulanger), the Bad Wildbad Rossini Festival (Ernestina in Rossini’s Occasione fà il ladro), and the Handel Festival in Halle (Arianna in Handel’s Giustino).
Her repertoire ranges from medieval to contemporary music and her voice is marked by individuality of tone and elegance. These qualities have enabled her to collaborate with conductors such as Diego Fasolis, Hansjörg Albrecht, Wofgang Katschner, Jörg Halubek, Kay Johannen, Felix Bender and with ensembles including Lautten Compagney Berlin, Il Gusto Barocco, Munich Bach-Choir, Vox luminis and L’arpa festante.
She recorded Monteverdi’s Vespers and the Album "Natura amorosa" with works of French & Italian 16th-17th century with the Ensemble La Fenice (Ligia) and Music of Troubadours Elias Cairel and Raimbaut de Vaiqueiras, as well as music from the Codex of Cyprus (Codex Torino) with the Ensemble Ex Silentio. With Ex silentio she also sung concerts at the Handel Festival in Göttingen and at the international Festival of Schwabisch Gmund.
She performed the Kafka Fragments for soprano and violin by György Kurtág at the Attis Theater in Athens in a staged performance of director Savvas Stroumpos.
Her first solo-CD “Affinities” has been released by BIS records and contains Greek and German art songs from the beginnings of the 20th century.