Bio

Costas Tsourakis, Bass-Baritone

Costas Tsourakis is a Greek-American bass-baritone based in New York City. He recently performed Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Theater Rudolstadt, Germany in February and is returning to Sarasota Opera for the 2017-2018 season.

Opera credits include Don Pasquale (Pasquale Cover),La Battaglia di Legnano (Podesta), Fidelio (Rocco Cover),La Bohème (Benoit), Don Carlos (Philippe II Cover), Turandot (Timur Cover), Die Fledermaus (Frosch), all with Sarasota Opera, Gianni Schicchi (title role) at the Trentino Music Festival, Don Carlo (Filippo II) with Vocal Productions NYC, Carmen (Zuniga), Die Fledermaus (Falke) both with the NY Opera Exchange, La Bohème (Colline), Le Nozze Di Figaro (Don Bartolo), Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), Gianni Schicchi (Betto) all with Opera on the Avalon Music Festival, La Traviata (Dottore) with Bronx Opera, Don Giovanni (Leporello) at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Falstaff) and Die Zauberflöte  (Sarastro, Sprecher) with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, and Cosi Fan Tutte (Don Alfonso), Gianni Schicchi (Simone) and Amahl And The Night Visitors (Balthazaar) with Purchase Opera.

Musical theatre credits include Jud in Oklahoma!, Big Jule in Guys and Dolls and a Collegiate Chorale production of Knickerbocker Holiday recorded at Alice Tully Hall and later released by Albany Records.

Solo concert credits include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Haydn’s Nelsonmesse, Rheinberger’s Star Of Bethlehem, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Handel’s Messiah.

Mr. Tsourakis has performed at the Verbier Music Festival in Verbier, Switzerland, Opera On The Avalon in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Music Academy International in Trentino, La Lingua della Lirica in Novafeltria both in Italy, concerts in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem with the Israeli Philharmonic, and in Weimar, Germany. He has sung in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Symphony Space and the Archdiocesan Cathedral Of The Holy Trinity in New York City, where he also serves as Associate Music Director.

In addition to his passion for performing, Mr. Tsourakis is a dedicated music educator who regularly teaches young musicians. He sits on the Education and Governing committees of MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) and is the founding president of the Frank Sinatra School Of The Arts Alumni Association.
Mr. Tsourakis is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University (EdM), Manhattan School Of Music (MMus), and SUNY Purchase (BMus).

ROLES

Balthazaar             Amahl And The Night Visitors, G. Menotti
Bartolo                   Le nozze di Figaro, W.A. Mozart
Benoit                     La Bohème/G.Puccini
Betto                        Gianni Schicchi, G. Puccini
Candy                      Of Mice and Men, C. Floyd
Colline                    La Bohème, G. Puccini
Commendatore   Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart
Compeyson            Great Expectations/T. Crist
Don Alfonso           Cosi fan tutte, W.A. Mozart
Don Magnifico      La Cenerentola/G.Rossini
Don Pasquale        Don Pasquale/G.Donizetti
Dottore                     La Traviata, G. Verdi
Falke                          Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss II
Falstaff                    Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, O. Nicolai
Filippo II                 Don Carlo/G.Verdi
Frosch                      Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss II
Gianni Schicchi    Gianni Schicchi/G.Puccini
Javelinot                  Dialogues des Carmélites /F. Poulenc
Leporello                 Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart
Marco                       Gianni Schicchi, G. Puccini
New Jersey             White House Cantata, L. Bernstein
Notaro/Notary      Gianni Schicchi, G. Puccini
Officer                      Dialogues des Carmélites /F. Poulenc
Philippe II               Don Carlos/G.Verdi
Pistola                      Falstaff, G. Verdi
Podesta                    La battaglia di Legnano/Verdi
Polkan                       The Golden Cockerel/N. Rimsky-Korsakov
Rocco                        Fidelio/Beethoven
Sarastro                   Die Zauberflöte, W.A. Mozart
Sciarrone                Tosca/G. Puccini
Simone                     Gianni Schicchi, G. Puccini
Spineloccio             Gianni Schicchi, G. Puccini
Sprecher                  Die Zauberflöte, W.A. Mozart
Stephano                 The Tempest, L. Hoiby
Timur                         Turandot, G. Puccini
Zuniga                      Carmen/G.Bizet
L’Horloge Comtoise L’enfant et les sortileges, M. Ravel

ORATORIO

Fantasia/Vaughan-Williams
In Terra Pax/Finzi
Magnificat/Bach
Messiah/Handel
Nelsonmesse/Haydn
Ninth Symphony/Beethoven
Requiem/Brahms
Requiem/Fauré
Requiem/Mozart
Star Of Bethlehem/Rheinberger
Die Seligkeiten/Liszt