Greek born soprano / voice-over artist Vassia Zacharopoulou follows a diverse career that finds her performing at opera houses and concert halls, voicing characters in foreign language and animated films, and recording contemporary music.
Βorn in Athens in 1985. Vassia started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. In 2000 she was offered a scholarship from the National Conservatory of Athens, therefore she started studying classical singing with Anna-Maria Karkania and the renowned Greek baritone Kostas Paskalis.
After graduating from the conservatory she attended masterclasses by acclaimed artists such as Marlis Petersen, Daphne Evangelatos, Dimitris Kavrakos, Aris Christofellis and Jannette Pilou. She also took private lessons with Jane Henschel in Dusseldorf, Fotini Kostopoulos and Christine Giannakopoulou in Athens. The seasons 2011-2013 she has been a member of the Greek National Opera Studio.
At the age of 23 she started her opera career at the Greek National Opera, singing the role of Tsarevna Bird-Swan in the children’ s opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan by N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Since then she held the leading roles in several children’s opera productions including Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel (Gretel) and Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood (title role). In 2013 she performed the leading role of Princess in the newly composed children’s opera Beware! The Prince is Messy by N. Kypourgos, which was presented for the first time at the Greek National Opera. The performance turned out to be a tremendous success and was repeated the next season as well. The studio recording of the opera was released at the same time by Mikri Arktos Records.
In 2014 she won the Song Prize at the 14th International Operatic Competition Marie Kraja at Tirana, Albania. Until now Vassia has performed at the Greek National Opera the roles of: Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Vespetta (Pimpinone), Clarice (L’ amante di tutte), Toula (The Murderess) and Jay (The Cunning Little Vixen). In 2011 she debuted at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival holding the leading role of Rika in Th. Sakellaridis Greek operetta Daughter of the Storm. In 2014 she performed the leading role of Lola in Th. Sakellaridis operetta Pic Nic with Camerata Armonia Atenea conducted by George Petrou. Her performance got much acclaim with excellent reviews.
In 2016 she meets again with George Petrou and Camerata Armonia Atenea to perform the role of Rosalia at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival production of L. Bernstein’s musical West Side Story, directed by John Todd.
In 2017 she makes her debut at the Greek National Theater in a totally different theatrical form, ancient comedy. She interprets Coryphaeus / Daughter in Aristophanes’ Peace, a musical production with music composed by Nikos Kypourgos performed at the historical Ancient Theater of Epidaurus.
For the season 2017-18 she holds the leading role of the Firebird at the Greek National Opera’s production Prince Ivan and the Firebird, a new work commissioned by the GNO’s Alternative Stage to the leading composer and director Thodoris Ambazis.
On May 2018 she sings as a guest artist at the concert Night for Beijing which was held at Pallas Theatre in honor of the President of the People’s Republic of China. Along with the famous Chinese tenor Ding Yi, they performed Beijing’s Olympic Song of 2018 You and Me as well as Chinese traditional song Molihua, accompanied by China’s Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra.
The season, 2018-19, she participates in two theatrical plays: Terrence Mc Nally’s Masterclass as Sophia de Palma, Maria Callas’ first student, and Xenia Kalogeropoulou’s The Slave’s child theatrical play for children, where she is called to interpret Nikos Kypourgos’ beautiful music from his song collection “The secrets of the Garden”.
On December 2018 she is called to interpret Cupid’s part at Offenbach’s great comic opera Orphée aux Enfers. This production, which was staged at the newly renovated Olympia Theatre, celebrated the re-operation of Athens’ historical first opera theatre.
She has been a soloist in oratorios and cantatas by Bach, in Charpentier’s Te Deum, Mozart’s Requiem, Lully’s Te Deum, Scarlatti’s La Giuditta and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Among other, her career includes performances of musical theater roles, chamber music, film music, contemporary works and song cycles by composers such as K. Weil, M. Theodorakis, M. Hadjidakis, N. Kypourgos, Sh. Umebayashi, D. Brossé, M. Plessas.
Additionally, as a voice-over actress and singer, Vassia Zacharopoulou provides her voice for dubbed foreign language and animated films such as Mary Poppins returns 2018 (Mary Poppins), Frozen 2013 (Anna), Frozen Fever 2015 (Anna), Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return 2013 (China Princess), The Muppets 2011 (Mary), Disney Princess Enchanted Tales 2007 (Princess Aurora Sleeping Beauty), commercials, text-to-speech, e-learning, audiobooks, IVR and other. Since 2011 she is Mattel’s official singing voice of Barbie in Greece. She is mostly known for her interpretation as Anna (voice & singing voice) in the greek dubbed version of Disney’s biggest success Frozen.
Since 2011 she is part of the casting database of Cirque du Soleil artists.