Elias Kapantais


Baritone Elias Kapantais was born on the island of Aigina, Greece. He was no older than nine years old when he began taking lessons in Byzantine music. Ten years later, he pursued studies in Classical Singing under Vana Chalkidi and Zachos Terzakis, while studying music repertoire under Kyriakos Sykiotis. He has attended seminars in choral music under Prof. Gunnar Eriksson; in Psychology through Art under Danai Kirla and Stella Manikati; and in Music through Body Movement under Thanos Daskalopoulos. Moreover, he has been introduced to the Orff Approach by Katerina Sarropoulou. He has been a member of choirs such as the Athens Singers and the Public Power Corporation (DEI) Mixed Choir. He has also collaborated with various vocal ensembles such as Fons Musicalis, Eklipsis, En Fonais, Opus Animae, Corpus Minor, Motectum, Amberlink, and The Medium Project, a contemporary opera group. He has participated in opera and chamber opera concerts and performances as well as in recordings and television shootings featuring classical music and contemporary Greek music repertoires. He is currently a temporary member of the ERT Choir and a permanent member of the a cappella vocal ensembles 8tetto and Vox Sinceris. In the upcoming season, he will be collaborating with the National Theater for the needs of the much-awaited Odyssey, a musical directed by Robert Wilson on a music score by Thodoris Economou. Elias Kapantais is also accomplished in the visual arts: he crafts stage sets for theatrical performances, paints traditional Byzantine icons for Greek Orthodox churches, and displays his art in solo as well as group exhibitions. His last exhibition was sponsored by the British Art Council of London, while some of his artwork is now part of private collections and archaeological sites in Greece and abroad.