Zaccaria [Zachariou], Nicola [Nikos]
- Demetre Yannou
(b Piraeus, March 9, 1923; d Athens, July 24, 2007). Greek bass. He studied in Athens and began as a member of the chorus of the Greek National Opera. He made his début as soloist in the late 1940s and early 1950s (Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Commissioner in La Traviata) and sang his first large role as Raimondo in Lucia most likely in May 1951.
In 1953 after an exceptional success in a La Scala Theatre competition, he was engaged as a member of the La Scala company where his first role was Sparafucile in Rigoletto in December 1953. Singing regularly at La Scala, he took part in 46 operas produced there, many of them in more than one production. In the following years and until the early 1980s he sang in all the major Italian opera theatres and festivals (Rome, Vienna, Napoli, Palermo, Firenze, Torino) as well as in European and non-European cities and festivals (Berlin, Wien, Salzburg, Moscow, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Aachen, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg). His last production in La Scala was Massenet’s ...