Field of Art: Tenor
Tenor, Demetrios Jussi Tsinopoulos, was born and raised in Greece. His mother (Marja- Terttu) Finnish and father (Ioannis) Greek. His first step in his journey in music was Classical guitar, which he studied for 5 years performing numerous concerts. That was followed by Electric guitar along with his growing interest in singing, which resulted in his being guitarist and lead singer for a rock cover band. His uncle, tenor, Antonio Theba and aunt former Actress and Dramaturg Paya Veaki, persuaded him to try opera as they recognized his vocal potential. One lesson was enough to get him enamoured with Opera which after his uncle’s sad and early passing transitioned into his studying voice at the prestigious National Conservatory in Athens, as well as the art of acting at one of the highest ranked acting schools in Greece, the Veaki.
He has worked with numerous distinguished coaches and teachers in Europe and in the USA, most notably Salvatore Fisichella, David Jones, Jack Livigni, Dimitris Kavrakos, William Hicks and his current teacher Oliver Söhngen. His U.S. debut was in May 2015 at Carnegie Hall where he created the role of the high priest for “Porphyra, a Grecian Opera” by B. Chrissochos. Following that he was invited to perform a recital at this former acting school in memory of his first teacher and uncle, Tenor, Antonio Theba. Later in 2015 the performance of his dream role of Otello by G. Verdi became a reality with the opera company of Brooklyn under maestro J. Meetze.
In 2016, his Lincoln Center debut took place, performing the lead role of Heracles for the historical first performance of a Greek Opera at Lincoln center, the “Olympic Flame” by P. Karousos which was lauded as a great success. Following that in May of 2016, he had the great honour of being the Cultural Grant recipient for 2016 by the American Scandinavian Society representing Finland. During the wonderful award ceremony he performed 2 songs by the most famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius celebrating the his 150th birthday. In the summer of 2016 another performance of the “Olympic Flame” at Athens Square park in Astoria took place, again this was the first ever operatic performance in that venue, and it was done under the auspices of UNESCO and all performers were awarded for their participation by UNESCO. Later that summer he worked with distinguished Bulgarian Vocal Coach Virginia Pavlova in Pazardjik, Bulgaria in preparation for another concert this time in Athens, Greece. This was to be his second solo concert, which was also under the Auspices of UNESCO in an event that was attended by various dignitaries of the Greek Classical music society, after the completion of the concert he was awarded by UNESCO with a plaque, for his contributions to culture and classical music.