Bio

Lina Orfanos is an acclaimed international mezzo-soprano who sings in popular, classical, jazz, and world musical styles.  She has a lush voice with faultless intonation and great rhythmic footing. Born in New York, the daughter of a Greek-American father and a Polish-American mother, Lina can sing in English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish. Her performances are enriched with old Greek folk laments, tributes to Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Night and Day,” or Spanish poems written for her by a young composer.

 

Her charisma was recognized from a very young age, when she was on stage at the Metropolitan Opera with the Children’s Chorus. Since that time, she has worked hard at developing her art with private lessons, studio education, university studies and solo performances. These performances include venues such as the Metropolitan Room in New York City, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Town Hall.

 

A serious illness in adolescence, however, derailed her for a few years. Being a true warrior though, Lina learnt to mend wounds of all kinds through her music.

 

Always enjoying live performances and engagement with audiences, Lina put her remarkable recital skills, high quality repertoire, and vocal expressiveness in full throttle in her first studio album Enchanted Night (2007).  Recording old and recent songs by Greece’s most famous composer, Mikis Theodorakis, Enchanted Night has been presented to audiences around the world. She has received high praise not only for her selections but for what Theodorakis himself says about Lina’s “beautiful lyricism and interpretive perfection!”. Lina holds the exclusive honor of being invited personally by Theodorakis to cross the Atlantic twice and sing on the huge concert stages of the Herodion Theater at Acropolis in 2007 and Lycabettus Hill in Athens in 2010. The composer found her singing “thrilling”. When she sang “How lovely is my love in her everyday dress…” from The Mauthausen Cantata (1965), critics noted that an invisible trembling wave moved across the theater stage and settled  amid the 4,000 listeners. 

 

In 2013, Lina recorded and premiered the Ay Amor song cycle composed specifically for her voice by the gifted composer Dimitris Maramis. A lyrical song cycle based on Spanish poetry, Ay Amor has been received with great enthusiasm. For the world premiere at Symphony Space, Lina and the composer himself joined forces and brought Andalusian and Athenian passion to the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In 2014, they are premiering Ay Amor in the great city of Thessaloniki, Greece.

 

Following the concerts, Lina is recording one of Theodorakis’s most meaningful and popular song cycles The Mauthausen Cantata. At the request of the 92-year old composer, Lina will be recording the four haunting songs in Hebrew.  

 

Songs are once again making history and Lina is offering her artistic vitality to the Muse of history.

© 2017 Lina Orfanos.