A graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School with degrees in music and theater, Ms. Vlahos has had a varied professional singing career ranging from the borscht belt to grand opera. She has worked in solo performance in diverging musical arenas with such luminaries as Pierre Boulez, Andre Previn, Van Dyke Parks, and Ry Cooder. Her voice has been featured in film and commercials.
A recipient of the Chanel Diva Award, Ms. Vlahos is best known in Los Angeles for her work at L.A. Opera where audiences have delighted in her performances as Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffmann with Placido Domingo, as Hermia in Gordon Davidson's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly with Maria Ewing in the title role. She has logged a total of 22 leading roles in opera and has appeared internationally in a number of operas and concert performances.
Her chamber music work in the States includes Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire as an artist-in-residence at Duke University as well as Berio's Folk Songs and Ravel's Chanson Madecasses as guest soloist with the Seattle Chamber Players.
Concert performances include work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as solo artist in addition to a number of guest appearances with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in critically-acclaimed performances of Weill’s Die Kleine Mahagonny under the baton of John Adams as well as the American premier of Kernis' Goblin Market as featured narrator. She has performed a number of works for broadcast on NPR syndicated and local radio.
In addition to her classical engagements, Ms. Vlahos has garnered renown in Los Angeles and oversees as, according to the Associated Press, the "moonlighting Diva". Ms. Vlahos has completed a trilogy of cabarets. The first is devoted to the music of Kurt Weill entitled, Weill Thoughts. Her second foray was into the arena of French music hall entitled, Elle Qui Chante. Both cabarets have received kudos from the Los Angeles and the international press. Her most recent effort, entitled The Gangster Hour, was hailed by Variety as a "Cotton Club meets the Maltese Falcon...but what really sells is Vlahos and her incredible voice..." Her cabarets have been performed in the States and in Europe, most notably a sold-out concert tour of Greece where she also starred in a film by Nicholas Triandafyllidis, entitled, Black Milk, featured at the Cannes Festival. Ms. Vlahos is currently directing opera, cabaret, and theater performances.
Above all, Ms. Vlahos is most proud of her creation of The Full Circle Opera Project; a one-of-a-kind experience in the art of opera for young adults. The project has been heralded by the L.A. County Supervisors as “groundbreaking” as well as acclaimed by Performing Arts Magazine whose editor-n-chief said of it “this is what arts education is all about!”. The project, whose current home is the L.A. County High School for the Arts, is a recipient of a grant from the Flora Thornton Foundation and has established itself as a wonderful paradigm for outreach as well as an effective initiation into classical singing given the groundswell of talent on the part of its alumni, many of whom now attend prestigious conservatories both in the United States and abroad.
Ms. Vlahos is also a six-time awardee in Who’s Who in American Teachers and as such, is part of 1 per cent of the population of educators to be commended by her students. The Full Circle Opera Project is a project devoted to the dedicated outreach of opera to the community through high school students. Ms Vlahos was the theater and stage director for the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist’s Program at its inception and was among 30 other artists nationwide to be nominated for the prestigious United States Artists Grant in directing.
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