Cypriot Soprano honoured at the House of Lords
In a ceremony which took place on the 11th July 2011 at the House of Lords in London, the Cypriot soprano Julietta Demetriades was awarded a medal and a certificate by the S.T.A.R. Foundation, for her achievements in classical singing.
The S.T.A.R. Foundation (Sociable, Trustworthy And Responsible) includes in its activities the honouring of artists who have excelled in their careers as well as having offered their services to charity.
Apart from Julietta Demetriades, this year’s nominees included ballerina Doreen Marchioness of Londonderry; singer Patti Boulaye; and Ukrainian violinist Oleksandra Jennings.
The ceremony was hosted by the Foundation’s Patron, Lord Tarsem, King of West Bromwich and the medals were awarded by Prince Shwebomin of Burma.
The Foundation’s president is the distinguished Cypriot philosopher, pedagogue and writer, Dr Joy Philippou. Julietta Demetriades began her musical studies with Pitsa Spyridaki (piano) and Elli Korai-Yerolemou (singing) at the Hellenic School of Music in her native town of Nicosia. With scholarships from the Royal Schools of Music of the United Kingdom and the Leventis Foundation she studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the University of London., She holds a first Degree and Master in Performance as well as Diploma in Opera Performance Studies.
In 2007 she was a finalist in the Nizzissima “Voce del Mediterraneo” Folksong Radio Competition.
Julietta Demetriades has performed widely in England, France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. She recently made her debut at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Gasteig in Munich. Other venues include the Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Hellenic Centre in London, the Athens Megaron, the Senate in Prague, the Cairo Opera House and the Helsinki Cathedral. She also collaborated with many national orchestras such as the Cairo Symphony, the Lublin Philharmonic and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
Her immediate future engagements include concerts in the United Kingdom , Germany, India and Canada, as well as the role of Donna Elvira in the Cyprus Opera’s forthcoming production of Don Giovanni.