Apostolou, Yannis [Ioannis, Yangos]
- George Leotsakos
(b Athens or Menidi, Attica, ?1860; d Naples, Aug 28, 1905). Greek tenor. From boyhood he sang in the Royal Chapel and other Athens church choirs, and later studied, probably at the Athens Conservatory, with Alexandros Katakouzenos and Napoleon Lambelet. He made his operatic début in the first production staged by the newly formed Elliniko Melodrama company, Spyridon Xyndas’s O Ypopsifios Vouleftis (The Parliamentary Candidate, 1888). As the company’s leading tenor he sang principal roles in its tours of Egypt and Turkey (1889), Marseilles, Romania, Odessa, and Constantinople (1889–90), including Fernand, Edgardo, and Elvino. In 1890 he left Greece for Milan, and after six months of further training began to appear in Italian opera houses. From 1895 he sang leading roles from the French and Italian repertories at the S Carlo, La Fenice, and La Scala; he also made successful guest appearances in Russia. At Monte Carlo in ...