Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Aphrodite Patoulidou is one of the most interesting rising stars of today. A celebrated soprano, Aphrodite is also a songwriter and photographer. She is also passionate about painting and poetry.
As a soprano, Aphrodite Patoulidou appears in theatres including the Staatsoper Berlin, La Monnaie, Teatro Real Madrid, Greek National Opera; in concert halls such as the Berliner Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Gothenburg Konserthuset, Snape Maltings as well as in music festivals such as Ojai in California, Aldeburgh and Ludwigsburg. Her operatic roles of Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Elle (La Voix Humaine), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Belinda (Dido & Aeneas), Sophie Scholl (Weisse Rose) and in Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child have been praised by the international media. She has also collaborated with conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Barbara Hannigan, Christopher Moulds, Tito Ceccherini, Manuel Nawri and orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, SWR and others.
Aphrodite Patoulidou was one of the first artists to take part in the Equilibrium Young Artists Initiative by Barbara Hannigan. She is also a guest in the company of Sasha Waltz and was lead singer on tour with the heavy metal band Igorrr. As a songwriter, Aphrodite composes in many different genres and is also passionate about expressing her diverse artistry through photography, painting and drawing.
Now based in Berlin, Aphrodite studied at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (class of Angelica Cathariou), the Royal Flemish Conservatorium of Brussels (class of Dinah Bryant), University of Arts Berlin (class of Aris Argiris) and also spent quality time in Sweden. Aphrodite has been a bursary recipient of Opera Awards Foundation, Onassis Foundation, Musikfonds e.V. and Manfred Strohscheer Stiftung. She has studied folk singing and plays the piano, the guitar and ventures on the nyckelharpa.
“The performance of this young soprano is magnificent: the voice is clear, of a rich precision, the attitude is dignified and touching in this role of deceived and neglected woman. She is Ideal …”— Crescendo Magazine
“Aphrodite Patoulidou is gifted with an expressive face and has a beautiful voice that can express a wide variety of emotions. She is greatly at home both in parlé chanté and at trips to the high register.”— Opern- & Konzertkritik Berlin
“Aphrodite Patoulidou’s elegance as both singer and actress put her a class above ”— LATimes
©All photos by Daniel Nartschick