Alkistis Protopsalti


Singer

Alkestis Protopsalti, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, on the 18th of October. Both her parents are Greek. Her family was forced to return to Greece in 1962, when the political circumstances became adverse for the Greeks living in Egypt.

At the age of 18, Alkestis sings Kavafis, Seferis, Karyotakis, and Ritsos in Dimos Moutsis’ «Tetralogia» (1975). In the period of 1975-6, Alkestis appears in «Aposperida» and «Lydra» (music halls in Plaka, Athens) with great Greek singers N.Xylouris, M.Koch. In 1976 Alkestis works with Ilias Andriopoulos for the first time and «Kyklos Seferi» is the LP that comes out, Alkestis Protopsalti and Nikos Xylouris.

The same year (1976) finds Alkestis working with Dimos Moutsis in the «Ergatiki Symfonia» (The Workers’ Symphony), giving concerts with Stavros Xarchakos, and participating in the Bost-Moursela play «Efimerevoume» (We are on duty) at the Smaroula Theatre. Her first personal LP «Apla tragoudia» (Simple songs) comes out in 1977.

In 1978, this young and talented artist works with Antonis Kalogiannis in the music hall «Epifania», and she appears with Antonis Kalogiannis and Grigoris Bithikotsis on Lycabetus. 1979 is when Alkestis sings «Grammata sto Makrygianni» (Letters to Makrygiannis) across the country, and when she participates in Dionysis Savvopoulos’ LP «Rezerva». Alkestis then works on songs from Mani (1600-1900 AD) in her LP «Maniatika» (1980).

In the period 1981-3 three LPs are «born», «Alkestis Protopsalti» (songs by Mikis Theodorakis, Ilias Andriopoulos, Loukianos Kilaidonis) (1981), «Fragma» (Wall) (1981), and «Telos den echei to tragoudi» (A song has no end) (1982). 1984 is a very important year, as two great LPs circulate: «Prosanatolismoi» (poetry by Nobel prize winner Odysseas Elytis, music by Ilias Andriopoulos) and «Exodos Kindynou» (lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou, music by Giannis Spanos).

In 1985 Alkestis’ voice meets the music of Stamatis Kraounakis, the lyrics of Lina Nikolakopoulou and Stamatis Kraounakis in «Kykloforo ki Oploforo», a LP with sales over 70.000 records. This very active artist adds four records to her discography in the period of 1986-7: «Paei i agapi mou» (My love has gone) (1986), «Lysistrati» (1986), «Leoforos A'» (Live recording of the musical performance by Andreas Voutsinas, Lina Nikolakopoulou, and Stamatis Kraounakis with Eleutheria Arvanitaki and Kostas Ganotis) (1986), Giorgos Ntalaras’ «Latin» in which Alkestis sings «Mambo Brazileiro» (1987).

In 1988 another very important LP comes to life, «Dikaioma» (Rights), while Alkestis works in 1989 with Stamatis Spanoudakis in «Dyo vimata apo tin ammo» (Two steps from the sand); she also participates in Antonis Kalogiannis’ «Ti ora nanai» (What time can it be) (1989).

«Leoforos B’» comes out in 1990, while «Paradechtika», with music by Goran Bregovic (originally writen for the movie of Emir Kusturica "Time of the Gypsies") and lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou, circulates in 1991 with immense success (with sales over 150.000 records). 1992 gives us «To tragoudi gymno» (The naked song), and the recording of the very much loved musical performance «ZOOM 91-92», directed by Andreas Voutsinas. Alkestis participates in Kostas Ganotis’ «Karavania» (Caravans) (1993); in 1993 the compilation record «Epitychies» (Hits) is released with songs from the artist’s records with LYRA. 1993 is also when another great record comes out: «Anthropon Erga» (The works of man); the music is once more by Stamatis Kraounakis and the lyrics, of course, by Lina Nikolakopoulou. Another monumental musical masterpiece.

Alkestis is a very bold and restless woman. Together with Andreas Voutsinas, Lina Nikolakopoulou, Stamatis Kraounakis, and Ilias Marosoulis they created the "hottest" scene in Athens, they transformed a dead area into the center of musical live performances. Gazi 1993-4, the incredible musical performance "Antropon Erga" that travelled afterwards all over Greece, and abroad..190 performances: New York at City Center, apotheosis with 7 encores, Athens, Peiraeus, N.Ionia, Vrilisia, Petroupoli, Gazi, Cyprus: Lemesos, Lakatamia, Larnaka, Leukosia, Chania, Rhodes, Lesvos, Kavala, Volos, Florina and many more cities.
September 17 1994 is when Alkestis enchants the ancient Theatre of Herod the Attic with her unique interpretation of Ilias Andriopoulos’ «Prosanatolismoi», «Laika Proastia» (Popular suburbs), and «Grammata sto Makrygianni» (Letters to Makrygiannis). In 1995 Alkestis participates in two records by Stamatis Kraounakis: «Otan erchontai oi filoi mou» (When my friends come along), and «To Trito Stefani» (the third wedding) including music for the TV series based on Kostas Tachtsis’ masterpiece.

In 1995 Alkestis leads the music performance «Ta paidia tis Peiraios» in Athens, directed by Andreas Voutsinas; 1996 finds this performance in Thessaloniki, at «Fix». Rodon Live is Alkistis’ next step in 1997; a performance beyond words. In September 1997 her long-awaited new LP «San Ifestio» (Like a Volcano rising) comes out; the music is by Nikos Antypas and the lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou; a platinum hit in only three months. At the Municipal Theatre of Peiraeus in February 1998, in Thessaloniki in May 1998 at Radio City, and all over Greece during the summer Alkestis gave one of the PERFORMANCES of her life; Dimitris Papaioannou (of the «Omada Edafous») directed her movements, Lily Pezanou took care of the costumes and the scenery, Lina Nikolakopoulou selected the songs, and Nikos Antypas was in charge of their orchestration. The "Like a Volcano.." Tour included stations at Lisbon's Na Doca Theatre / Expo 98', Alexandroupoli, Patra, Kalamata, Mytilene, Volos, Corfu, Chania, Veroia, Santorini, Rhodes, Larnaka, and many many more cities.


She also gave an amazing concert at London’s Cambridge Theatre with great success. The song "Dithessio" (Two-seated car) was included in this spectacular show and it became a great hit all over Greece. Alkestis represented Greece with “Dithessio” in the 1998 edition of OGAE Song Contest and received the honorary 2nd place. Furthermore, she participated in a Tribute album to Dionysis Savvopoulos with an incredible "Mystiko Topio" (Mystic Landscape).