Greek coloratura soprano Dimitra Kotidou was born in Athens and studied piano at the National Conservatorium of Greece and theory of music, counterpoint and fugue at the Kodàly International Music Institute. She went on to study Opera with Christina Giannakopoulou at the Athenaeum Maria Callas Conservatorium, from which she graduated with distinction, and was the recipient of the award for most distinguished performance. Recently, she succesfully completed her degree on “18th-Century Opera: Handel & Mozart” from Harvard University with Harvard Professor Thomas F. Kelly.
She made her debut with Greek National Opera aged 19 singing Ninetta (La finta semplice) while a member of the Opera Studio. From 2016 to 2018 she was a member of the Opera Studio of Deutsche Oper am Rhein where her repertoire ranged from Tebaldo (Don Carlo) to Le feu / La princesse / Le rossignol (L’enfant et les sortilèges). During this time she also studied major roles including Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) and Olympia (Les Contes d’ Hoffmann) and participated in masterclasses with celebrated artists such as Peter Seiffert, Linda Watson, David Syrus and Bo Skovhus.
Dimitra joined the soloist ensemble at Landestheater Coburg (2018-2023), where her roles include Königin der Nacht, Lucia di Lammermoor, Queen of Shemakha and Frasquita. Guest engagements as Königin der Nacht have brought her back to the Greek National Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Barry Kosky’s sought-after staging. Her most recent role debuts as Konstanze and Lucia di Lammermoor were also followed by euphoric critics. Dimitra is equally at home in contemporary repertoire: she performed in the world premiere of The Murderess by G. Koumentakis and sang the role created for Barbara Hannigan in Richard Ayres’ animated concert In the Alps. She has worked with renowned conductors including Jochen Rieder, Axel Kober, Marc Piollet and Giordano Bellincampi and stage directors including Franco Zeffirelli, Graham Vick, Dietrich Hilsdorf, Joan Anton Rechi and Renata Scotto. Dimitra has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras including the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, the Athens State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greek National Radio Orchestra, the Camerata Baroque Orchestra, the Bielefelder Philharmoniker, the Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and the Duisburger Philharmoniker.
Dimitra has a wealth of experience as an actress, having appeared in numerous Ancient Greek theatre plays, and has received frequent praise for her powerful stage presence and detailed characterisation. Her vocal performances have also been the subject of much acclaim, memorably from Montserrat Caballé, who, during a masterclass in Zaragoza, said “Listening to you is a true honour. Please stay the way you are and sing as you sing today.”