Emilia Diako

Emilia Diako

Emilia Diako, Greek spinto soprano voice, was born in Athens and started her vocal training at the age of 18 at the Athens National Conservatory. At the age of 19 she moved to Italy where she attended A. Casella Conservatory (L’Aquila) and completed the opera studies at the G. Verdi Conservatory (Milan) by holding a BA in Vocal performance from Luigi Cherubini Florence Conservatory and a BA Degree in Literature and Philosophy from University of L’Aquila.

During her academic journey, she had her operatic debut at the age of 22, in a full stage production “Dido and Aeneas" by H. Purcell at the role of First Witch, at the L’Aquila Opera House (Italy).

As a concert soloist she has appeared for the most part of her career in Italy featured in a wide repertoire of roles from the Romantic and Contemporary repertoire, such as Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (La forza del destino), Desdemona (Otello).

She attended workshops and masterclasses among others with Marcello Giordani, Daniela Dessì, Francesca Patanè, Luca Canonici, Giovanna Casolla, Donato Renzetti.

Between 2015 and 2016 she worked on her repertoire with Metropolitan Opera Bass Dimitris Kavrakos.

During her stay in New York, in recognition of her “outstanding artistic potential”, she was a recipient of an Agnes Varis Foundation Fellowship and attended Mrs Carmela’s Altamura Master Class at the Altamura Voice Academy, NJ, US. At the same year she performed, as a guest, with the Inter-Cities Orchestra, conducted by Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor, Roger Malouf, in Round Top, New York featuring in Leonora from G. Verdi “La forza del destino” , Contessa from W.A. Mozart “Le nozze di figaro” and Tosca by G. Puccini

A year later she performed the leading role (Vivika) of the Greek Operetta “O Vaftistikos”, at the Ives White Hall (Western Connecticut University) in Danbury., Connecticut, U.S.

Later on she was invited by the Hellenic Foundation to sing at the Gala Opera Event at the Petros Petrides concert Hall in Astoria, New York, featuring in G. Rossini’s Ermione, G. Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda and Die Zirkusprinzessin, with the orchestra conducted by Greek conductor Yannis Xylas

She is currently studying with mezzo-soprano Renata Lamanda.