Calliope Tsoupaki

Opera / oratoria


For piano solo, bass-baritone, basset horn and string ensemble
Commissioned by the Greek national Opera Alternative Podium.
Composed as part of the tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution.
Dedicated to Archimandrite Ananias Koustenis.
Published by Donemus

108. FORTRESS EUROPE (2017) 90′
An opera with a prologue and 5 scenes
Opera Trionfo / De Nationale Opera / Floris Visser
Europe : Soprano – Frans (Politician & Europe’s son) : Tenor – Amar ( Refugee) : Baritone – Mixed Choir & Chamber Ensemble (Oboe, Harp, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass)
Europe: Rosemary Joshua – Politician: Erik Slik – Refugee: Yavuz Arman Isleker – Choir: Dutch Student Choir
Conductor: Bas Wiegers – Stage Director: Floris Visser
Published by Donemus

Opera in three acts
Mariken: Actress – Uncle: Baritone – Aunt: Alto – Moenen: Tenor – Pope: Countertenor – Small Female choir (3 to 6 singers)
Medieval trio (recorders, organetto, harp & hurdy gurdy) & chamber ensemble (Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, string quintet & percussion)
libretto: Karim Ameur & Serge van Veggel, derived from the original early Dutch/flemish theatre play Mariken van Nieumeghen.
It is the first known published theatre Dutch text from 1515. [Early Dutch/Flemish]
commissioned: by the opera company Opera2day by the financial support of FPK.
Mariken: Hanna Hoekstra; Uncle: Harry van der Kamp; Aunt: Jill Feldman; Moenen: Julian Podger; Pope: Michael Chance;
Choir: Cappella Amsterdam; Tetraktys medieval ensemble
Kees Boeke, Claire Piganiol, Tobie Miller
Asko-Schoenberg Ensemble
Conductor: Hernan Schwartzman
Opera direction: Serge van Veggel

100. OIDÍPOUS (2014) 90′
Oratorio in 6 parts
for three singers and baroque chamber orchestra.
Soprano: Antigoni, Tenor: Koryfeos, Bass: Oidipous
Baroque chamber orchestra: Traverso, Baroque violin, Cornetto, Viola consort: (3 violas & violone), Trombone consort (3 trombones), 2 Theorbos, Organ
libreto: Edzard Mik based on the tragedies of Sophocles, Oedipus Rex and Oedipus te Colonus, in the original Ancient Greek.
commissioned: by Holland Festival with the financial support of NFPK.
premiere: 29 & 30 June 2014 at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam.
mise en espace: Pierre Audi
Antigone: Nora Fischer
Koryfeos: Marcel Beekman
Oidípous: Harry van der Kamp
Baroque Chamber Orchestra: Nederlandse Bach Vereniging
Conductor: Jos van Veldhoven
“Oidipous” was performed twice as the last performance of the 2014 Holland Festival. The last concert was performed only for the H.F. friends,
celebrating the end of the artistic direction of Pierre Audi.
Published by Donemus

91. MARIA (2012) 160′
Oratorio in four parts
Texts: Akathistos Hymnos (anonymus), Romanos the Melodist (Hymns 19, 36), Psalms 140, 141, 142, Kostis Palamas (Mistiki Paraklisi) [Byzantine & New Greek].
Composed for the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Gesualdo Consort, the Byzantine singers Ioannis Arvanitis & Michalis Koullias, theorbo: Karl Nyhlin,
viola da gamba: Paulina van Laarhoven and santur: Dimitris Psonis .
Commissioned by the “Nederlands Fonds voor Podiumkunsten”
29 March 2012 Arnhem Musis Sacrum
30 March 2012 Haarlem Philharmonie
1 April 2012 Den Haag Theatre De Regentes
3 April 2012 Zoetermeer Stadstheater
4 & 5 April Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam

88. VESUVIOUS 1927 (2010) 1′
One minute opera composed for the TV program “De Wereld Draait Door” on the occasion of Harry Mulisch’s death.
For tenor and tenor recorder
Text: P.F. Thomese [Dutch]
Premiere: During the TV show DWDD of 1/11/2010 , with tenor Marcel Beekman, and recorder Anthónio Carilho

St. LUKE PASSION (2008) 120′
(including one interval)
Oratorio in 4 parts for tenor, byzantine singer, 3 madrigal singers, 3 byzantine singers, one oriental female singer, kemençe, ney, qanun, and chamber ensemble.
1. Hymnos (Ύμνος)
2. Aria (Άρια)
3. Threnos (Θρήνος)
4. Pathos (Πάθος)
Composed for Ioannis Arvanitis and members of his Byzantine choir, Marcel Beekman, Egidius vocal quartet, ney: Harris Labrakis, qanun: Bassem Alkhouri, kemençe: Neva Ozgen, & the Nieuw Ensemble conducted by Ed Spanjaard.
Text: Fragments from Snt Luke Evangelion & Fragments from hymns by Romanos the Melodist [Byzantine Greek]
Commissioned by the “Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst”
Premiere: 5 June 2008, during the Holland Festival 2008 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam
Published by Donemus

66. VITA NOVA (2004) 90′
For alto barock violin, viola da gamba & harpsichord.
Text: La Vita Nuova by Dante
Directed by Berend Strik and produced by Korzo Theater in The Hague
Commissioned by the “Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst”
Premiere: May 5, 2004 at the Korzo Theater – The Hague
Published by Donemus

64. DARK (2002) 180′
Opera for soprano and chamber ensemble (10 musicians)
Composed for the Rosa Ensemble & Jannie Pranger
Libretto: Edzard Mik
Commissioned by:Fonds Scheppende Toonkunst
Directed by Paul Koek and produced by Z.T. Hollandia
Premiere: February 28, 2003 in de Schouwburg – Haarlem