Frangoulis, 48, is a classical crossover artist whose vocals have been described as “daring and inspiring” by Billboard magazine. Born in Africa and raised in Greece, he studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was discovered by legendary producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh. In 1988, Mackintosh brought Frangoulis, West End to play Marius in Les Misérables. Three years later, he was cast by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as Raoul in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera. Although Frangoulis didn’t originally train as a singer — he instead concentrated on acting and playing the violin — he received the Maria Callas Scholarship for Opera and studied with tenor Carlo Bergonzi at the Verdi Academy in Northern Italy, graduating in six months. At the recommendation of his mentor, acclaimed soprano Marilyn Horne, Fran goulis then auditioned for legendary Spanish tenor Al fredo Kraus. He became Kraus’ only private student, traveling with him around the world to study performance and vocal technique. 40 artsLife | FALL 2016 Frangoulis has appeared in a wide array of musical theater productions, including West Side Story, The King and I and Kiss Me, Kate. But he’s also played lead roles in Greek tragedies. How good an actor is Frangoulis? Put it this way: If you can convincingly portray Tony, a gang member from the Upper West Side, and Prometheus, a deity from Mount Olympus, you’ve got range. Frangoulis' recording career was launched in 2002, when he was discovered by Peter Gelb, then head of Sony Classical Records and now general manager of the Metropoli- Sometimes I Dream and Follow Your Heart, were international hits. He has since released 13 more albums. In 2004, Frangoulis appeared with Kevin De-Lovely, based on the life of Cole Porter. He played Alfred Drake, a Broadway star, and sang “So in Love” from Kiss Me, Kate with Belgian diva Lara Fabian. Combining the classical and the contemporary, Frangoulis is comfortable performing opera, pop, rock, folk, soul and Athens-born George Perris released his first English-speaking album in 2014. He's now working on a compilation of duets with Frangoulis.
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