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© Valantis Chatzikantis

© Valantis Chatzikantis

Born in Rhodes, the Greek/Dutch countertenor Mattias Pavlous has had a somewhat unusual musical journey. After studies in Economics, a Masters in International Business and a career in management he was awarded the soloist diploma and first prize by the Kodály Conservatoire of Athens, studying with Christina Giannakopoulou and Aris Christofellis when the countertenor Michael Chance invited him to the Netherlands. Mattias became a member of the 2012-2013 Flanders Operastudio in Ghent, and graduated with a Masters in Early Music from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he studied repertoire with Michael Chance, Jill Feldman, Peter Kooy and Rita Dams, winning a full Alexander S. Onassis Foundation scholarship.

With repertoire ranging from renaissance songs, baroque cantatas and sacred music (Bach’s Passions, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus, Handel’s Messiah etc) to operatic roles (Ottone in G.F. Handel’s Ottone, Re di Germania, Bertarido in G.F. Handel’s Rodelinda, Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Farnace in Mozart’s Mitridate etc), lieder and contemporary works, Mattias has appeared in recitals at the Flemish Opera Houses of Ghent and Antwerp, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Cecil Sharp House in London and in concert with various (early) music ensembles and orchestras (Musica Poetica, La Risonanza, Latinitas Nostra, Baroque Ensemble of the Royal Conservatoire, Spectra Ensemble, Belgium Youth Orchestra et. al.).

Mattias originated the role of Journalist in the opera “Romy” by Joris Blanckaert (1976-) as well as the first countertenor for the premiere of “The hour of the last supper”, a liturgical drama by Philipos Tsalachouris (1969-). He recorded for the soundtrack of the feature film “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food” by Ektoras Lygizos (2012, Fantasia Productions). Future engagements include his debut as Fulvio in A. Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica.