“Soprano Katia Paschou’s New York debut recital showed her to be an exciting and versatile singer. Her tone was rich but pure, her coloratura passages clean and clear. And she nailed the work’s [Mozart’s Alleluia] high C with ease.
-New York Concert Review, New York
“What is particularly meaningful about Ms. Paschou’s performance is the quality of her voice in combination with her dramatic presentation...”
- Greek News, New York
“Warm, clear sound and absolute contact with the audience”
-Estia Newspaper, Athens
Katia Paschou recently appeared as Valencienne at the National Greek Opera’s production of the Merry Widow, and was praised for the sauciness and youthful vitality of her presence (J. Svolos, To pontiki, Athens). In 2011 Katia made her debut in Italy as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Araldo theater. The same year she also debuted with the State Orchestra of Athens in the Greek Opera singing the leading part of “The Cretan Girl” by S. Samaras.
In 2009, Katia won the 2nd prize for the role of Adina in L’ Elisir d’ amore, at the Opera Rinata Competition, Torino, Italy. The same year, Ms. Paschou performed with the international bass Dimitri Kavrakos in concerts that took place in Greece in his honor. Soprano Katia Paschou made her Weill Hall debut, as a winner of the Artists International Presentations Special Prize, on May 4, 2008. In July 2007 Ms. Paschou collaborated with the National Greek Radio Station, ERT Orchestra at a live broadcasted concert in Greek operetta works under the direction of the conductor Andreas Pylarinos.In 2004 Ms. Paschou received the Onassis Foundation Scholarship and moved to the US, where she performed at various venues, as a member of the Allegro Singers, in productions & concerts, singing the roles of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La Boheme), Micaela (Carmen), Violetta (La Traviata). Meanwhile, she kept in touch with her native country with concerts at summer festivals around Greece, such as Nafplio Festival, International Festival of Cyclades, Corfu Academy, Festival of Salonica. Her repertoire includes both the operatic roles of Juliette, Manon and Norina, as well as art songs and vocal chamber music works by Ravel, Schumann, Brahms, Granados, Poulenc, etc. In 2001-2004, selected as one of the most talented young artists in Greece, she collaborated with the National Greek Opera in leading roles of Pamina, Papagena, Rosina, Cenerentola at the apprentice program-opera for children, and sang many times at the Herodium Auditoriun in Athens.
Born in Athens, Katia Paschou holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Athens, School of Philosophy, a Diploma in Voice from Mannes College of Music, and has attended master classes with Costa Paschalis, Dalton Baldwin and David Jones. She is an alumna of Operaworks, CA and has been a member at Sande Shurin’s Transformational Acting Studio, NY, during 2005-2008. After relocating back to Greece, in 2009, Ms. Paschou has been coached for her professional engagements by the renowned sopranos Jeannette Pilou on repertoire, and Marina Krilovici on vocal technique. Since 2010 Katia has been in charge of a very successful and original educational program “Interactive Opera” at the Theocharakis Foundation, in Athens. Katia is the creator of the innovative Surprise opera event for Lipton &Dior “Three tea sopranos”https://www.facebook.com/threesopranotea. Katia’s dream and ambition is to bring opera to young audiences.