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Myria Ioannou

Soprano - Performance Maker

Myria Ioannou is a classically trained Soprano and a Performance Maker. At the young age of fourteen she won the First prize at the Pan - Hellenic competition of Classical singing in Athens, which was organised by UNESCO. She holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied with  Opera professors Teresa Cahill and Dr Linda Hirst. She holds a Master of Arts in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she studied under the guidance of Dr Anna Furse and Graeme Miller. She has performed the Operatic roles of Controller;Flight; Zerlina;Don Giovanni; Second woman;Dido and Aeneas and the Musical theatre roles of Maria from West Side Story,  the role of Maria from The Sound of Music.  She also performed repertory from George George Gershwin's Musical An American Girl in Paris. She taught roles to from Musicals such as the Wizard of Oz, Cats, The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, School of Rock, Oliver!, Chorus Line, The Follies, The Greatest showman and La la land, with her students achieving “Distinction” for their final Grade 8 Musical Solo and Group Musical theatre Trinity College exams.  As a concert soloist she sung leading roles from La Bohème, Turandot, Gianni Schicchi, La Traviata, Falstaff, Rigoletto, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Giulio Cesare, Hercules (HWV 60), L'enfant prodigue, The turn of the screw and Siren Song. Ioannou has sung a wide repertory of Art songs by Schubert, Schuman, Brahms, Alban Berg, Faure, Debussy, Quilter, Britten Jonathan Dove and Hugo Wolf. She held solo recitals in London and she has been featured as a soloist in Music venues in the United Kingdom.  She has taken part in educational projects in the United Kingdom, which encouraged and inspired children to get involved with Music and she collaborated with professional musicians and young students for the composition of Soundtrack Music for the National Martime Museum. In London, Ioannou searched for new ways of combining her knowledge of the Classical singing repertoire with other performing arts by collaborating with performers, actors, dancers, directors, writers, composers and live artists. With her return to Cyprus she introduced repertory of four British composers to the Classical music audience in Nicosia by organizing two recitals for voice and piano. The first recital was of the Baroque repertory with the title “Sweeter than Roses” with music of Henry Purcell  at the Casteliotissa Medieval Hall and the second recital was of the 20th and 21st century classical repertory entitled “20th and 21st Century Art songs” with music of Joanathan Dove, Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter at the Zampelas Art Museum. In May 2019 Myria Ioannou performed Hugo Wolf’s song settings of poems by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe at the Garage Art Space and she also performed at the opening ceremony of the European Accounting Association conference at Curium Amphitheater,  which was organized by the University of Cyprus with 1100 participants from more than 50 countries worldwide.  Myria Ioannou has worked as a singing performance educator in the United Kingdom and in Cyprus. In 2017 Ioannou was the creator and the Head of a Musical theatre department at a Music school in Nicosia, Cyprus, which gave it's first performance "9 Musicals, 44 Performers" at Latsia Municipal theater in June 2019. In September 2019, Ioannou participated as a soprano and a performer in "Χίλιες Γέννες"' by MITRA Dance theatre company at PALLAS Theatre in Nicosia, a performance of classical singing and contemporary dance. She is the owner and the Director at Creative Performers, a vocal performance school, in Nicosia, Cyprus.  This coming June Creative Performers stage the Broadway Musical "Hairspray".

"This was a very challenging programme, performed with tremendous vocal power and control, and at the best moments, complete absorption into the music and text.  The Arias showed her extraordinary vocal flexibility, colour and power.  The Puccini's: "Si, mi chiamano Mimi" was the most convincing, showing wonderful ease and poise.  Verdi's "Caro nome" was very impressive technically."

LINDA HIRST

                                                                                                

“She is wonderfully expressive and dramatic – and a glorious sound.”

MARTYN HILL

                                                                                   

“THOUSAND BIRTHS”

6,7 Σεπτεμβρίου 2019 / Θέατρο ΠΑΛΛΑΣ

Χορογραφία-Έρευνα: Μαρίνα Πογιατζή

Χορεύουν/συνδημιουργούν: Νικόλας Γεωργίου, Αλίκη Ευγενίου, Κυριάκος ‘Blaze’ Ιεροδιακόνου, Γιάννης Οικονομίδης, Μαρίνα Πογιατζή

Μουσική: Claude Debussy

Σοπράνο επί σκηνής: Μύρια Ιωάννου

Πιανίστρια επί σκηνής: Όλγα Ταλιάνος

Εικαστικά: Χρίστος Αβραάμ

Σχεδιασμός φωτισμού: Γιώργος Λάζογλου

CREATIVE PERFORMERS

Vocal Performance School

 

Owner & Director

www.creativeperformers.com

CREATIVE PERFORMERS (invite with bleeds)

9 Musicals, 44 Performers

 

Latsia Municipal Theatre, 9 June 2019

Former Head &Teacher

of Musical Theatre Department at a Music School in Nicosia

Concept & Choice of Repertory,

Artistic Director,

Teacher: Myria Ioannou

 

Curium Amphitheatre | 29 May 2019

We performed at the opening ceremony of the European Accounting Association conference at Curium Amphitheater, organized by the University of Cyprus with 1100 participants from more than 50 countries worldwide.

Myria Ioannou - Soprano

Olga Talianos - Piano

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Kennst du das Land:

A Hugo Wolf Recital - Goethe's Lieder

Saturday| 18 May, 2019 |19:00

Garage Art Space

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20th & 21st CENTURY ART SONGS

Music of Jonathan Dove, Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter

Saturday| 5 May, 2018 |20:00 

Zampelas Art Museum

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SWEETER THAN ROSES: RECITAL FOR VOICE AND PIANO 

Music of Henry Purcell

Friday| 5 May, 2017 |20:30 

Casteliotissa Hall, Nicosia

 

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OPERA & CONTACT IMPROVISATION

Theatre Delicatessen, London

Soprano: Myria Ioannou

Dancers: Rosie Terry/Amelia Forrest

L’AMOUR LAMENT

CREATED _ DIRECTED BY MYRIA IOANNOU AND LUVIE LU

George Wood theatre, London

A piece of Chamber Opera and Dance Theatre - choosing as its focus romantic melancholy and the visual language of vintage film. 

Scenographically we use the proscenium stage, its apron and the auditorium with clarity to build layers between the colour - linked personae of our protagonist. 

The language of the jacket redolent with lost love transforms into a grey army - an absence turning into an overbearing presence. 

The dialing and redialing of the red phone introduces a note of neurosis, obsession and stalking.

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TAPE _ LOOP (EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE)

George Wood theatre, London 

A collaboration between Actors, Physical Theatre Performers, Theatre Makers, Musicians and Composers.

Tape/Loop constructs a divide in order to instigate a dialogue between two worlds, which are simultaneously separated and linked by a pendulum.  It was important to us to create a literal and figurative split.  Here, the two sides of the stage stand as proxies for several key binaries we have explored and developed as a company: production and consumption, the abstract and the palpable, movement and text, synthetic and organic sound, the divine and the grotesque.  Presenting these stage-worlds invites reflection on their deep inter-relatedness. 

Tape/Loop presents a plurality stuck inside itself, revolving inescapably in looped time and sound: any attempts to transform or deviate from the rule of the world only lead to a fresh repetition.  All end up returning to the table or the box.

One figure stands outside of this - the guest at the table.  Yet in this context knowledge of the repetition serves no transformative purpose.  She is the ghost at the banquet, the witness to the slaughter.  We have multiple direct and indirect legacies from our filmic starting - point: we work with food, notions of production/consumption, and in montage. 

Even as they are separated, these worlds are indelibly linked, and permanently in dialogue. 

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A Site Specific Project 

Foots Cray Meadows, London 

We walked backwards into a painful yet fruitful imagery of neurosis and stuckness, by making a pathway to the most atmospheric corners of Wood and Water at Foots Cray Meadows.  

Visual imagery and performed action generate strong mood and the visual effect is always haunted by a plausible psychic reality.

 

The piece has an inherent musicality that is enhanced by actual underscoring at each location.  

Created by Myria Ioannou _ Luvie Lu _ Dominika Dwernicka _Tatiana Judycka _ John Tan 

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FAMILIAR _ STRANGER

Studio 3, Goldsmiths University of London

CREATED_DIRECTED BY MYRIA IOANNOU

Set in an overtly dreamlike world of childhood - exploring a disturbed memory, Familiar Stranger is a piece of imagery created with light, shadow and live sonic elements.

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BREAK THE LIMITED SPACE

A Sound Visualisation Project 

Royal College of Art, London

By: Qiuyu Yu

Performer: Myria Ioannou

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