Born in Smyrna to Armenian parents, she was trained in Greece where she sang duets with Maria Callas as a teenager. Championed by Benjamin Britten, she first appeared at Covent Garden in 1953 in “Peter Grimes”. In 1954 she participated in the world premiere of “Turn of the Screw” as Miss Jessel at La Fenice in Venice. First Witch and Soceress in “Dido and Aeneas”, Eurydice, Musetta and the title role in “le Coq d’Or” as well as the Berlioz Dido showed her versatility.
Artist biography by Charles Rhodes
Jeanette Pilou (left) & Arda Mandikian (right)