A great soprano passes away

A great soprano passes away

Athens, December 16, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Olga Mavrou

A great mezzo-soprano, Stella Doufexis, died today, Wednesday, at the age of 47 years in Berlin, defeated by cancer. She was the daughter of director Stavros Ntoufexi and she was born in Frankfurt in 1968.

The German-Greek mezzo-soprano, Stella Doufexis, studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, with Professor Ingrid Figur. In addition she particpated in master-classes with Aribert Reimann and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. She completed her studies with Anna Reynolds.

An acclaimed recitalist, Stella Doufexis made her debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in Graham Johnson’sInternational Songmakers series and has appeared in recital at the Cologne Philharmonie, the Berlin, Lucerne and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals, Frankfurt Opera, the Schubertiade, Hohenems, and in Brussels, Vienna, Athens and at the Ruhr Klavier-Festival.

In concert Stella Doufexis has appeared with both the Stuttgarter Bach Akademie and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Helmuth Rilling, Münchener Kammerorchester, Ensemble InterContemporain, Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester and Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, She had  appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival and the BBC Promenade concerts.

Stella Doufexis excelled in major opera houses and symphony halls abroad, including the State Operas of Berlin and Munich, the Scottish Opera, Theatre Lise Barcelona, ​​the Grand Theatre of Geneva, the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Opera of Moscow etc. She interpreted typical roles of international repertoire for mezzo-soprano. As of October 2014 was a professor at the University Robert Schumann of Düsseldorf.

Her last appearance was in Greece last May at the Athens Concert Hall where he presented her recital entitled “Spring Night” dedicated to composers of the romantic and metaromantic  era.