A TRIBUTE "THE WOMAN" (I GYNAIKA).
A special monthly magazine issue in the daily Greek Newspaper "The National Herald" (Ethnikos Kirikas) honoring prominent women for their outstanding contribution through the years to the Greek Community and the OMOGENEIA. (November 2016).
Katia Zallas' career spans countless appearances on TV and Radio, in recitals, oratorios and opera under the auspices of CBC Radio Canada, L'Opera de Quebec, and the ERT National Radio Network in Greece. She has appeared with the McGill Orchestra in Montreal, with the Apollo Opera on WQXR with Bob Sherman, and the Pan American Orchestra in New York City, in recitals at Lincoln Center, and has performed almost all the major roles of the standard operatic repertoire, including Lucia in B.Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lucia in Lucia di Lamermoor, Manon by Jules Massenet, Elvira in Ernani, Mimi in La Boheme, Ilia in The Idomeneo, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Marcellina in Fidelio, Norma, and Semiramide, among others.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Ms. Zallas received her musical education at the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec, the McGill Faculty of Music in Montreal, and at Hunter College in New York City. She is the recipient of a diploma "Laureate" with Distinction in Vocal Art from L'Academie de Musique de Quebec, and has won several first prizes in Canadian National music festivals and competitions. She is also the recipient of a Bachelor of Music Degree (cum laude) in Vocal Performance from Hunter College and her vocal coach is the renowned professor and author Shirlee Emmons.
A warm lyric soprano with a deep musicality, a devotion to text and languages, and an inner sensitivity and intensity which she communicates to her audience, Ms. Zallas commands a repertoire in several languages, varied to include operettas, ballads, folk and popular songs and Broadway musicals.
As a songwriter, she has composed a group of ballads which are featured in her debut CD album, titled "Espoirs et Souvenirs" (Hopes and Memories) including the song Oh! Mother Mine! I Love You So! (Mana Mou Poso S'Agapo!) including her latest release "The Art of Katia Zallas" among others. She is also featured as soloist in the Hellenic Music Foundation's CD Album productions: "Romantic Greek Nights" "Great Musical Hits of Greece", "Immortal Greek Melodies" and "Ode to Greece and to the Olympics of Athens 2004" "Ellada Mou Iperifani" an original hymn which Ms. Zallas composed in honor of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and which had its premiere performance at the Hellenic Music Foundation's 5th Annual Gala Benefit Concert.
A resident of New York, Ms. Zallas offers private lessons in Voice and Sight Singing and is the co-author of the article "The Truth of Bel Canto". She is on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Cultural Center of the Archdiocese in New York City, member of the SS. Catherine and George Greek Orthodox Church choir in Astoria, New York and president and founder of the Hellenic Music Foundation (www.HellenicMusic.org) a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote, advance and preserve the full spectrum of the Greek musical heritage, worldwide.
Katia has witnessed such an enthusiastic response from people who listen to her singing, that she feels blessed having this God-given-talent which touches the lives of so many. From the bottom of her heart, she gives thanks to all those who shared the path to her life's fulfillment especially to her beloved mother, her son and her voice teacher. She is also grateful for the love and encouragement she receives from all the wonderful people she meets, as well as those who support the Hellenic Music Foundation.
"Lovely silvery quality in this voice... This demonstrates a flexibility of the voice which was most pleasing, for the brilliant warm tone of the voice was maintained throughout..."
"A brilliant, warm, and musical soprano voice..."
"This is a voice of superior quality with a phenomenal top voice, and a natural bent toward the bel canto..."