The Greek Soprano Ilia Papandreou was born in London and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. She began her musical studies at the Berklee College of Music, then continued in Frankfurt and finally received her diploma from the Athens Conservatory of Music in January 2005, with honours. She took part, among others in master classes by Montserrat Caballé.
Since 2006 she is a member of the Theater Erfurt Ensemble where she has sung over 30 premieres with great success, such as Leonore (Fidelio) and Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) already in her first season, followed by important parts like the title role of the world premiere of Mariana Pineda by the Italian composer Flavio Testi, the title role of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann) and La Contessa in Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro. In 2010 she was to be seen in the both enticing and extremely ambitious part of Manfred Gurlitt’s Nana. The highly acclaimed performance of this almost unknown opera of 1931 was also published on CD in 2010 (Chrystal Classics).
More recently Ilia Papandreou sang among others, the soprano part in Handel’s The Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Puccini’s Mimì (La Bohème) and Liù (Turandot), Elettra (Idomeneo), Alice (Robert le Diable), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Tatjana in Tchaikovsky’sEugene Onegin and the title role of his Čarodejka (The Enchantress), and lastly the Verdi heroines Amelia (Simon Boccanegra), Elisabetta (Don Carlo) and Desdemona (Otello). Her latest achievement was interpreting Maria Callas in Terence McNally’s play Master Class, and her highly praised interpretation of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
Lastly she guested among others in Leipzig as Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). She was also heard in Athens in concerts with arias ranging from Mozart’s Idomeneo (Elettra) to Verdi’s La forza del destino and Aida. Furthermore she appeared in Gera in a concert as Mimìand Nedda (Pagliacci).
She was nominated as “Singer of the Year 2014”in Germany's most prominent Opera Magazine, Opernwelt for her celebrated debut as Desdemona in Giuseppe Verdi's Otello.