Dimitri Platanias, Greek baritone. APA Artists' Management Alexandra Mercer - www.apaartistsmanagement.com/dimitriplatanias/

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Rigoletto - debut at ROH Covent Garden.
Two figures are dominant, and they are the two who matter most: John Eliot Gardiner, conducting Rigoletto for the first time, and the stunning Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, making his Covent Garden debut. As for Platanias, I have rarely heard the title role sung with such gloriously sustained tone and line, or such thrilling power. Visually he's not the most grotesque of Rigolettos; perhaps he feels that his costume, a proto-Hell's Angel black-leather get-up, is weird enough. But he projects bags of character with his voice alone - a voice that I would like to hear much more.
Richard Morrison - The Times - 1st April 2012

Born in Greece, he is now recognised as one of the foremost Verdi Baritones of the younger generation. Winning the Alexandra Trianti Scholarship enabled him to study in Italy under Masako Tanaka Protti and at the showcase concert for the winners of this bequest, Rodney Milnes said in Opera Magazine:
The most impressive singer was the baritone Dimitris Platanias, who on this showing could sing Rigoletto anywhere in the world: beautifully warm, heroic tone, a dynamic range from forte to a pianissimo that lost nothing in colour or substance, musicianship and instinctive feeling for text - a name to watch out for in the current dearth of Verdi baritones.

He went on to make his debut at Greek National Opera and his first appearance in Italy as Gerard ANDREA CHENIER. His debut at La Fenice di Venezia was as RIGOLETTO, a role that he has since made his own and it was as RIGOLETTO that he made his highly acclaimed debut at the Royal Opera Covent Garden. A most gifted linguist, he is noted not just for the splendour, rich timbre and beauty of his voice, but also for his insightful interpretations of the characters he portrays. His appearance as RIGOLETTO in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda was greeted with great enthusiasm, leading Hugh Canning in The Sunday Times Culture – 22 September 2013 to write: Platanias, meanwhile must now be the great white hope among younger Verdi baritones.

Outstanding recent engagements include his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Iago OTELLO at Oper Frankfurt, Tonio I PAGLIACCI at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg (released on DVD), his debut at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia singing NABUCCO and his highly acclaimed performances, combining both Alfio CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Tonio I PAGLIACCI at the Royal Opera Covent Garden (released on DVD). He made his =role debut was as Stankar STIFFELIO at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia and he returned to the Royal Opera Covent Garden to sing NABUCCO, repeating this role to make his debut at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale FiorentinoHe returned to sing the role of Stankar STIFFELIO at Oper Frankfurt and the Dutch online opera magazine Place de L’Opera said: De grote man van de avond was de Griekse bas Dimitri Platanias, die een fenomenale vertolking van Stankar gaf. (The hero of the evening was the Greek bass singer Dimitri Platanias.  His rendition of Stankar was phenomenal). His most recent role debut was in the title role of Verdi’s MACBETH at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Ralf Reck of Tamino Klassikforum said: Platanias erwies sich heute als würdiger Nachfolger von Piero Cappuccilli und Franz Grundhebe (Platanias today proved to be a worthy successor of Piero Cappuccilli and Franz Grundheber). To begin season 2017-18 he returned to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam for a very successful SIMON BOCCANEGRA and to ROH Covent Garden for RIGOLETTO, streamed in cinemas internationally.

Roles performed:

AIDA: Amonasro

ALCESTE: High Priest



LA BOHEME: Marcello


DON CARLOS: Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa


FAUST: Valentin


LOHENGRIN: Telramund

MACBETH: Title role



NABUCCO: Title role





RIGOLETTO: Title role





TOSCA: Scarpia

LA TRAVIATA: Germont Père

IL TROVATORE: Conte di Luna

I VESPRI SICILIANI: Guido di Monteforte
Teatro Regio Torino
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Thessaloniki Opera
Teatro dell'Opera Giocosa di Savona
Teatro Goldoni di Livorno
Bregenzer Festspiele

Megaron Athens

Teatro Sociale di Rovigo
Il Politeama di Catanzaro
Teatro Sociale di Trento
Teatro Goldoni di Livorno

Greek National Opera

Greek National Opera

ROH Covent Garden
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Greek National Opera

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Greek National Opera

Megaron Athens

Greek National Opera

Greek National Opera

Hamburgische Staatsoper

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Greek National Opera

Bayerische Staatsoper
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
ROH Covent Garden
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia
Staatstheater Stuttgart
Megaron Athens
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Teatro Castello di Vigoleno
Teatro dell'Opera Giocosa di Savona

Greek National Opera

Oper Frankfurt
Teatro la Fenice di Venezia
Odeon of Herodes Atticus

ROH Covent Garden
Osterfestspiele Salzburg
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Greek National Opera

Greek National Opera/Megaron

ROH Covent Garden
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
London Symphony Orchestra (Barbican Centre)
Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
Teatro Massimo Palermo
Casa da Música, Porto
Greek National Opera
Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Teatro G. Verdi di Trieste

Bayerische Staatsoper
Royal Opera Muscat
Concertgebouw Amsterdam

ROH Covent Garden
Megaron Athens
Teatro Verdi Salerno

Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
Oper Frankfurt

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Oper Frankfurt
Megaron Athens
Opera Ireland
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Oper der Stadt Köln

Teatro La Fenice di Venezia
Greek National Opera
Glyndebourne Festival

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

GNO Megaron Athens

Concerts include:

Joseph L'ENFANCE DU CHRIST (Megaron); Mephistopheles, Boser Geist, Pater Seraphicus SZENEN AUS GOETHES FAUST (Megaron); CARMINA BURANA (Megaron, Thessaloniki); MOZART - CORONATION MASS  (Corfu). Gunther GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Megaron – Concert form); BRAHMS -EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM (Megaron); FAURÉ - REQUIEM (Greek National Opera); MENDELSSOHN - DIE ERSTE WALPURGISNACHT (Odeon of Herodes Atticus); WIGMORE HALL RECITAL in the Rosenblatt Recitals Series.

Conductors and Directors with whom he has worked include:

Martin Andre; Maurizio Benini; Bertrand de Billy; Giuliano Carella; Paolo Carignani; Myung Wun Chung; Giuseppe Finzi; James Gaffigan; John Eliot Gardiner; Leo Hussain; Alexander Joel; Lukas Karytinos; Axel Kober Nicola Luisotti; Gianluca Martinenghi; Diego Matheuz; Myron Michailidis; Carlo Montanaro; Pier Giorgio Morandi; Gianandrea Noseda; Daniel Oren; Antonio Pappano; Renato Palumbo; Evelino Pidò; Carlo Rizzi; Daniele Rustioni; Giovanni di Stefano; Christian Thielemann.
Daniele Abbado; Robert Carsen; Johannes Erath; Rudolf Frey; Yannis Kokkos; Stephen Langridge; David McVicar; Jakob Peters-Messer; Damiano Michieletto; Elija Moshinsky; Leo Muscato ; Nikos Petropoulos; Philip Stölzl; Graham Vick.

Future Plans:

Title role NABUCCO: Hamburgische Staatsoper, Greek National Opera; Alfio CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA: Royal Opera Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera; Tonio I PAGLIACCI: San Francisco Opera; ROH Covent Garden; Title role SIMON BOCCANEGRA: Greek National Opera; Title role RIGOLETTO: Royal Opera Covent Garden, Greek National Opera; Guy de Montfort LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES: Bayerische Staatsoper; Gérard ANDREA CHENIER: Royal Opera Covent Garden, Greek National Opera; Conte di Luna IL TROVATORE: Teatro Real Madrid; Germont LA TRAVIATA: Greek National Opera; Title role WOZZECK: Greek National Opera.


PAGLIACCI: DVD from Osterfestspiele Salzburg, cond. Christian Thielemann - Sony Unitel Classica; CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA PAGLIACCI: DVD ROH Covent Garden, cond. Antonio Pappano - Opus Arte


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA - Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie - March/April 2018

Bachtrack – Patrice Lieberman – 8th March 2018
l’Alfio imposant et hâbleur de Dimitri Platanias

Opera Traveller 20th March 2018
Dimitri Platanias sang Alfio with ease. It seems almost churlish to suggest that there would be something negative in the way that he sang that music with such security, but in a way the elemental struggle that Alfio goes through felt a little underplayed given the ease with which he negotiated the role. That said, to hear it sung so well was indeed a pleasure after hearing quite a few barkers over the years. His baritone is in excellent shape.

Olyrix - Soline Heurtebise – 8th March 2018
Alfio de son côté, figuré par Dimitri Platanias, brutal baryton et puissant de graves profonds, s’assure une présence remarquée, malgré un rôle presque trop discret pour la voix de son interprète.

ForumOpera.com – Claude Jottrand – 6th March
L’autre couple de la distribution, Josè Maria Lo Monaco (Lola) et Dimitri Platanias (Alfio) est également excellent, mais dans un registre plus sobre.

LaLibre.be – Nicolas Blanmont – 8th March 2018
Les hommes ne sont pas en reste, qu’il s’agisse de Teodor Ilincai (Turiddu) ou de Dimitri Platanias, excellent de brutalité animale en Alfio.

giornaledellamusica.it- Alma Torretta – 6 March 2018
convincente assai anche l’Alfio di Dimitri Platanias

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RIGOLETTO - ROH Covent Garden - December 2017 / January 2018

Express - William Harston - 15th December 2017
It was difficult to watch the excellent Greek Baritone Dimitri Platanias in the same costume without making unfair comparisons with Hvorostovsky, but he rose to the challenge very well, singing the part with strength and snarling admirably, even if his bounding around on the crutches did not match the late Russian’s almost gymnastic efforts.

Bachtrack – David Karlin - 15th December 2017
Dimitri Platanias has sung the title role of Rigoletto many times in many houses. On the evidence of last night at Covent Garden, he’s still improving: the voice is still rounded and suffused with warmth in the fatherly exchanges, but compared with the last time I saw him in the role, back in 2012, he has acquired an extra hard edge which heightens the contrasts and the drama, most particularly in the great Act 2 “Cortigiani”. Platanias seemed to inspire Sofia Fomina as Gilda: their duets were the high points of the evening, a marvel of expressivity of interwoven voices. Verdi is perhaps the greatest of all composers to have expressed in music the love of a father for his daughter – his distress at the death in childhood of his own daughter is well documented – and Rigoletto is perhaps the finest of all examples: these passages should be sublime and Platanias and Fomina duly delivered. … Another of Platanias' qualities seemed to be the ability to adapt without being fazed to whatever tempi conductor Alexander Joel threw at him.

Classical Source - Alexander Campbell - 21st December 2017
However, Rigoletto is really about the baritone and his interactions with Gilda and Sparafucile. Platanias has sung the role in this staging before, but here his singing and depth of characterisation have developed enormously, and his vocal control was exemplary. The duet with Andrea Mastroni’s cavern-voiced Sparafucile was thrilling and chilling in equal measure – two singers at their peak – and with Lucy Crowe’s Gilda, she and Platanias were a great partnership. Again in Act Two there were some treasurable moments – Crowe’s Padre, in voi parla un angelo per me consolator (Father, through you a consoling angel speaks) really emphasised that, and Platanias had indeed just done that to perfection!

MusicOMH - Sam Smith - 24th December 2017
Dimitri Platanias is excellent in the title role, really convincing as a man who is constantly battling against being lumbered with every disadvantage in life. His baritone conveys the right senses of grit and heft for the role, and yet is remarkably smooth as it shows an impeccable mastery of phrasing. In this way, Platanias offers us the best of both worlds

The Guardian - Tim Ashley - 21st December 2017
Rigoletto is played by the Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, imposing on stage, handsome of voice, and deeply touching in his duets with Sofia Fomina’s Gilda, where we get a real sense of Rigoletto’s solicitous affection for his daughter.

Mark Ronan’s Theatre Reviews - Mark Ronan - 15th December 2017
Platanias and Fomina made an extraordinary pairing as Rigoletto and Gilda, never more so than after their Act II duet when she admits what has happened and he promises himself vengeance with the same determination we see reflected in her Act III disobedience at remaining in town and giving up her life. Like father like daughter. A revelation. From their lovely duet in Act I to the perfect vocal control in her beautiful solos and his engaging warmth inside a rough exterior, their emotionally gripping performances gave full sense to the final moments of tragedy.

OperaWire - Sophia Lambton - 16th December 2017
For all its sleep-inducing spectacle there is nevertheless a saving grace. Returning to the title role, Dimitri Platanias layers this iconic character with something other baritones have easily omitted. His Rigoletto is not only cursed and publicly, horrifically derided; he’s a long-suffering invalid. It’s no comedic hunchback. Platanias not only uses his two canes to founder on the stage throughout the whole performance, he equips his voice with its own fragile stagger: a pulsating vibrato. It is the grouchy instrument of a hefty, portentous low baritone; yet even at the character’s most fearsome moments – when ordering the Duke’s imminent murder, for example – one can sometimes hear the breathiness characteristic of a physically impaired old man for whom a long walk is a struggle. His is a Rigoletto who can damn the courtiers with weighty, declamatory insults in his attack, “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” – and at the same time curse the heavens for endowing him with no fate but to make the public laugh with a lengthy plaintive diminuendo. It isn’t a superlative exploration of the scale of gradations Rigoletto could canvass – either interpretatively or dynamics-wise. His lament at the snatching of his daughter is more an outraged condemnation than a father’s abrupt panic. And yet Platanias convinces us that Rigoletto – a Verdian anti-hero that we customarily associate with pompous, clichéd and bombastic singing – is a vulnerable and doting father.

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LA TRAVIATA - Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Sunday Express - William Hartston - 3rd August 2017
The Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias sang with huge power and really looked the part of the bullying patriarch…

Michael Church’s Blog - 16th August 2017
Meanwhile the Greek baritone incarnating Germont this month – Dimitri Platanias – sings and acts with such resonant warmth that one readily believes both his rigid attitude to morality and his eventual sympathy with the ‘fallen’ woman.

Bachtrack - Mark Pulinger - 2nd August 2017
Barrel-chested Greek baritone Dimitri Platanis unleashed a glorious, rich sound as Germont, which rolled around the house. There are few more juicy sounding Verdi baritones around, evidenced in a terrific “Di Provenza”….

Seen and Heard International - Colin Clarke - 4th August 2017
Greek baritone Dimitri Platinas enjoyed a fine evening vocally as Giorgio. His acting could have been a step more involved, but he was in beautiful, burnished voice.

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SIMON BOCCANEGRA - Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Bachtrack - Jenny Camilleri - 17th September 2017
Platanias's performance was a range of vocal peaks. Rock-solid and thrillingly robust, his voice has a touch of gruffness that makes the rugged past of the pirate-turned-politician all the more credible. One could crave a little plangency, but his is not that kind of voice. It is a powerful, skillfully steered vehicle. Bringing the warring councillors to order comes naturally to the commanding Verdi specialist. But he could also pare down his ample baritone when necessary. In his touching death scene he struck a vein of tenderness when Boccanegra recalls his two great loves, Maria and the sea.

Place de L'Opera - Laura Roling - 18th September 2017
De verschillende kanten van Boccanegra – liefhebbende vader, gefrustreerd politicus, idealistische dromer en gepassioneerd man – werden door de Griekse bariton Dimitri Platanias magistraal tot uitdrukking gebracht. Platanias is een échte Verdi-bariton, met een warme, karaktervolle stem, waarmee hij niet alleen moeiteloos boven orkestgeweld uitkomt, maar ook de tederste, honingzoete muzikale lijnen feilloos kan uitspinnen.
Transl.: The Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias interpreted the different aspects of Boccanegra – loving father, frustrated politician, idealistic dreamer and passionate man – brilliantly.   Platanias is a true Verdi-baritone.  He has a warm voice full of character allowing him to rise above the power of the orchestra, but which at the same time allows him to spin out flawlessly the most tender and honeyed musical lines. 

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MACBETH – Hamburgische Staatsoper

Tamino Klassikforum - Ralf Reck - 05.03.2017
The Greek baritone of Dimitri Platanias (Macbeth) began as a black bass, but soon showed that he beherschte the height; he sang beautiful voice, with high Legatokultur, without disturbing vibrato and with great conviction. Platanias today proved to be a worthy successor of Piero Cappuccilli and Franz Grundheber.

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STIFFELIO - Oper Frankfurt November 2016

Place de L'Opera - 2nd November
De grote man van de avond was de Griekse bas Dimitri Platanias, die een fenomenale vertolking van Stankar gaf. Platanias had recent in München veel succes als Boccanegra, één van zijn paraderollen. Zijn enorme woede-uitbarstingen en zijn vertwijfeling toen Raffaele ontkomen leek te zijn, maakten grote indruk. Zijn leven kreeg weer zin toen die schoft opnieuw ten tonele verscheen, zodat hij hem alsnog kon doden. Een vreemde figuur, die Stankar. Hij is steunpilaar van een strenggelovige sekte die vergevingsgezindheid hoog in het vaandel heeft staan, maar als privépersoon is hij een ‘oog om oog’-natuurmens. (The hero of the evening was the Greek bass singer Dimitri Platanias.  His rendition of Stankar was phenomenal.   Recently he also had great success in Munich with his star role as Boccanegra.    His terrific outbursts of anger and his despair when Raffaele appeared to have escaped were impressive.  His life became meaningful again when this blackguard reappeared and he could finally kill him.   Stankar is a strange character.  He is a pillar of an extreme religious sect in which forgiveness is an essential element, but in private life he is a “tooth for tooth “ primitive man).

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NABUCCO ROH - ROH Covent Garden June 2016

What'sOnStage - Mark Valencia - London West End - 16th June 2016
What the title character affords is a golden role for a Verdi baritone, which is why Dimitri Platanias (who shares this revival with Domingo) is the one to hear. The Greek singer is fast establishing himself as the most exciting exponent of this repertoire working today, and he doesn't disappoint. Whether sane or crazed, imperious or broken, his Nabucco is sung with the kind of warm, mellow power, evenly distributed across his range, that makes you want to revoke the man's passport and chain him to our shores.

Opera Today - Claire Seymour - 18th June 2016
But, Domingo is sharing the role with Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, and on this occasion the latter proved himself a stylish Verdian, with a voice that can rove from heroic to suave, from ringing to whispered, and a dramatic presence equal to the task of representing a King who is both crazed tyrant and tender father. Platanias's blazing baritone is even across the range and beautifully coloured. Its sureness and consistency, and his confident musicianship, offers him dramatic freedom; powerfully built, whether vicious destroyer or vulnerable patriarch, he commands the stage. At his first entry, Platanias’s King is both dismissively imperious and disturbingly unstable: when he snatches the crown and declares himself King and God of the Babylonians, his repeated assertions of his own divinity (‘Non son più re, son dio’) signal his impending insanity. He has both the tragic grandeur of Othello and the paranoid delusion of Lear. Subsequently, when Nabucco pleads for Fenena’s life (‘Oh di qual onta aggravasi questo mio crin canuto’) he becomes a Rigoletto - the role in which Platanias made his debut at Covent Garden in 2012 - a desperate father suffering the loss of the one thing in the world that he loves with selfless honesty. In the final Act, miraculously restored to health and reason - his prayers to the God of Judah answered - Platanias recovered his regal rectitude, leading the final chorus with stentorian power and persuasiveness.

James Karas Reviews and Views - James Karas - 19th June 2016
The title role is sung alternately by Placido Domingo, the grand old man of opera and the relative newcomer, Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias making his Royal Opera House role debut.  He gives a signature performance. From the arrogant king to the unhinged ruler and humiliated father, he achieves simply superb vocal resonance and emotional range. Just listen to his delivery of Deh perdona  (Have mercy on a delirious father) where the great king is reduced to begging for mercy for his daughter from a slave who scorns him.

Plays To See - Enza de Francisci - 19th June 2016
Above all, what keeps the opera alive is, undoubtedly, Nabucco himself interpreted by the great Dimitri Platanias who, not long ago, was back at the Royal Opera House as Alfio in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Toni in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The Greek Baritone dominates the stage with his imperial presence. His powerful voice brings Nabucco to life with zest, passion and vigour. Platanias, together with the magnificent orchestra, invites strong cheers from the audience all around the auditorium, especially when Nabucco is struck down — centre stage and under the spotlight — as he declares himself to be God. The role of Nabucco had been performed earlier this month by the mighty Plàcido Domingo and, though I have not seen the Spanish tenor interpret the title role, Platanias in this performance is very much the star and the saving grace of the entire production.

Planet Hugill – Robert Hugill - 1st July 2016
Dmitri Platanias, whom we last saw in Cav & Pag at Covent Garden, made a strong Nabucco, using his physical presence to create a thuggish King but showing that he has enough suaveness to shape Verdi's lines. This is vocal writing in which we can still see the young composer's links to late Donizetti, and Platanias showed a pleasing ability to fill the phrases strongly, but keep the tone even throughout the range, and enlivened by a nice warmth of tone. In the second half, when Nabucco wanders half-mad, Platanias was both convincing and moving…

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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & I PAGLIACCI – ROH Covent Garden - December 2015

The Sunday Times - Hugh Canning – 13th December 2015
The same goes for Dimitri Platanias's vengeful Alfio and vindictive Tonio, although the Greek baritone has the outstanding voice on stage.

The Spectator – Michael Tanner – 10th December 2015
Dimitri Platanias, a loutish Alfio in Cav., gave a stupendous performance of the noble Prologue, and then in the body of the work was quite loathsome...

Fanáticos da Ópera/Opera Fanatics – 5 December 2015
O barítono Dimitri Platanias também cantou dois papéis, Alfio na primeira e Tonio na segunda ópera. Tem uma voz poderosíssima, muito expressiva e bem timbrada. Também achei que a interpretação foi melhor em Pagliacci onde, logo no prólogo, foi absolutamente sensacional.

www.planethugill.com - Robert Hughill – 4th December 2015
Dimitri Platanias made a strong, and slightly scary Alfio (you could certainly imagine his Mafiosi friends)… Dimitri Platanias was a strongly nasty Tonio, projecting the character's self-loathing whilst in the prologue (done as 'himself') he produced a stupendous performance singing with strength, subtlety and superbly supported phrases.

A Younger Theatre - Rebecca Gwyther – 5th December 2015
In Cavalleria Rusticana the duet between Alfio and Santuzza tells of twisted revenge, tension and bitterness, sung through the power of Dimitri Platanias and the purity of Eva-Maria Westbroek. In Pagliacci it is again Dimitri Platanias that impresses, absorbing the audience in the ‘play within a play’ style with the opening prologue.

The Guardian – Fiona Maddocks – 6th December 2015
Hardly having a chance to show his worth as Alfio in Cav, the Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias came into his own as the hideous, rapacious Tonio

Evening Standard – Barry Millington - 4th December 2015
Dimitri Platanias, Alfio in Cavalleria, came into his own with a potently voiced Tonio in Pagliacci.

Opera Today – Claire Seymour – 10th December 2015
Platanias's baritone acquired fullness and suavity; the prologue of Pagliacci was riveting from the first, and he introduced nuances to his voice that had been absent in Cavalleria.

The Critics' Circle – Robert Thicknesse – 8th December 2015
From the prelude, done with a lot of style and feeling by Platanias, things are on a different plane of engagement

Mark Ronan Theatre Reviews – 4th December 2015
Dimitri Platanias was a terrific vocal presence with a superb opening solo to set Leoncavallo’s opera in progress

WhatsOnStage – Mark Valencia – 4th December 2015
Aleksanders Antonenko and Dimitri Platanias grace both operas, the tenor as Turiddu and Canio, the baritone first as his rival Alfio, then as his colleague Tonio. Platanias is in rousing form with a steady delivery that never palls despite the gruffness that's required of him.

Classical Source – Peter Reed – 3rd December 2015
…his spivvy salesman Alfio and twisted Tonio seethed with fury and loathing, both vividly and blackly-sung roles and blood-brothers to Iago and Rigoletto.

Independent – Michael Church – 4th December 2015
Dimitri Platanias’s vividly-drawn Alfio. ….and Platanias the bitterly insidious Tonio, with both giving charismatic performances.

Bachtrack –  Mark Pullinger, 04 December 2015
….his baritone is gloriously rich and smooth throughout its range and his Pagliacci Prologue purred along.

MusicOMH – Keith McDonnell – 6th December 2015
…..yet Platanias excelled in both roles.

Sean and Heard International - Colin Clarke – 6th December 2015
Dimitri Platinas took Alfio and Tonio respectively, catching their darker emotions well.

Opera-Online - Sam Smith – 6th December
Both the voices of Aleksandrs Antonenko (who plays Turridu and Canio) and Dimitri Platanias (Alfio and Tonio) are characterised by firmness, security, precision and expansiveness, although their respective tenor and baritone ranges see these attributes manifest themselves in different ways.

Financial Times - Richard Fairman – 7th December 2015
…..sings with unfailing strength as Alfio and Tonio.

Harper's Bazaar – George Smart – 3rd December 2015
The Greek Bass-Baritone Dimitri Platanias sings both Alfio and Tonio with dark intensity.

….while Dmitri Platanias shines in Alfio's rollicking Il cavallo scaplita and Tonio's Prologue.

The arts desk.com - Alexandra Coghlan – 4th December 2015
It's the equal and opposite balance to Dimitri Platanias's Prologo – laconic humour turning to sudden vocal violence.

Il Giornale della Musica – Salvatore Morra – 7th December 2015
Dimitri Platanias, Tonio/prologo, espone, non al proscenio ma nel suo camerino, la poetica del vero, con gran voce e fisicità - enfatizzata con lucida intelligenza dal regista, senza reticenza nel mostrare tutta la diversità del ruolo in rapporto a Canio.

Operaonline - Sam Smith – 10th December 2015
Si l'intelligence de la mise en scène contribue au succès de la soirée, le plateau vocal est à l’avenant. Les voix font montre d’une force exceptionnelle sur scène. Tant celle d’Aleksandrs Antonenko (qui incarne Turiddu et Canio) que celle de Dimitri Platanias (Alfio et Tonio) se démarquent par leur solidité, leur assurance, leur précision et leur projection, quand bien même leur tessiture respective de ténor et de baryton se manifeste de façon différente.

Opernwelt - Wiebke Roloff – February 2016
Der griechische Verdi-Bariton Dimitri Platanias, als Alfio in "Cavalleria" solide, aber nicht auffällig, legt sich als Tonio erst richtig ins Zeug, beginnt in seiner großen Soloszene, dem Prolog, auf fesselnde Weise mit den Farben zu spielen.

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AIDA – Torino Regio Torino – October 2015

Liricament.it - Claudio Fenoglio – 23rd October 2015
Encomiabile è l'Amonasro di Dimitri Platanias che, dotato di voce piena, squillante e ben timbrata, sa fraseggiare, dosare gli accenti e usare la parola alla maniera verdiana.

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I PAGLIACCI - Osterfestspiele Salzburg - March 2015

Opera Magazine - John Allison - June 2015
Such a line up also made it hard for Pagliacci to match these vocal stakes, though Dimitri Platanias brought a smooth, rich baritone and keen dramatic intelligence to Tonio.

Opernwelt - Markus Thiel - Mai 2015
...und Dimitri Platanias (Tonio) machen ihre Sache Fabelhaft.

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NABUCCO - Staatstheater Stuttgart - January/February 2015

Online Merker - Udo Klebes - 21st January 2015
Neben ihrem zu Herzen gehenden, von Reue geprägten Sterbegesang imponierte sie besonders durch kluges Steuern ihrer Duett-Konfrontation mit Nabucco, in dem ihre Unerbittlichkeit und ihr Triumph über den vom Blitz geschlagenen König von Dimitri Platanias zusätzlich angestachelt ist. Der international gefragte Grieche gehört inzwischen ohne Zweifel zu den erstklassigen Vertretern eines mit schönem Legato, natürlicher Phrasierung, warmem Timbre und einer Top-Höhe ausgestatteten Verdi-Interpreten. So ausgeglichen er seinen Bariton präsentiert, so spielerisch wandelbar zeigt er sich in den wechselnden Höhen und Tiefen des babylonischen Herrschers.

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OTELLO - Oper Frankfurt - November/December 2014

Operatraveller - 16th November 2014
Platanias has an exceptional instrument. The voice is rock solid and even throughout the range. The tessitura holds no terrors for him and he tears up the stage as Jago. The Credo was sung with a genuine rare strength and the voice is big with real amplitude.

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SIMON BOCCANEGRA - Bayerische Staatsoper - October 2014 (Title role)

Munich and Co - Luc Roger - 12th October 2014
En Boccanegra il émeut avec sa voix riche, profonde, puissante et sombre, et son beau jeu d'acteur qui sait rendre les transformations de Simon Boccanegra: le pirate qu'il fait ressembler à un parrain de la pègre se transmue en un doge tourmenté certes mais qui sait porter avec force la dignité de sa fonction. Platanias dispose aussi d'une expressivité émotionnelle rare pour évoquer les déchirements et les doutes intérieurs de Simon Boccanegra.

Bachtrack - Benedikt Zacher - 11th October 2014
Dimitri Platanias schließlich gab den Simon Boccanegra sehr souverän und mit großem Einfühlvermögen

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RIGOLETTO - ROH Covent Garden - (relayed to Trafalgar Square) September 2014

The Spectator - Michael Tanner - 4th October 2014
I can't imagine ...whom I have seen in the title role, ever being as persuasive as Dimitri Platanias, who may be the best Rigoletto I have ever seen. More bug-like than any of his predecessors in this production, he has a sumptuous but grainy true bass (sic) and can modulate from ranting, shaking rage to abject pleading with peerless continuity

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RIGOLETTO - Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie - May 2014

BRF - Hans Reul -9th May 2014
Aber vor allem ist Dimitri Platania in der Titelrolle des Rigoletto hervorzuheben. Er singt nicht, er spielt nicht den Rigoletto, er ist förmlich Rigoletto. Nur selten erlebt man es so intensiv, dass ein Sänger sich mit einer Figur identifiziert. Selbst noch beim minutenlangen Schlussapplaus hat man den Eindruck, Platania steckt immer noch in diesem Rigoletto.

Forumopera.com - 9th May 2014 Claude Jottrand
La distribution est largement dominée par le Rigoletto du baryton grec Dimitri Platanias. Outre qu'il arbore magnifiquement le physique de l'emploi (la bosse en moins), il met dans son interprétation une telle force dramatique, une telle intensité qu'à tout moment il convainc. La voix est charnue, corsée, puissante, colorée, irréprochable de vérité.

Le Soir- Michèle Friche - 4 Juin 2014
Quant au rôle de Rigoletto, père de Gilda, il nous a permis de découvrir un baryton grec formidable, un vrai verdien, Dimitri Platanias: timbre sombre, puissance dans l'aigu, un rien parfois déstabilisé dans la demi-teinte grave, une stature impressionnante, mais sobre et émouvante, une montagne de douleur cachée, de violence aussi, inquiétant sous le masque blanc et les lèvres rouges du clown.

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TOSCA - Oper Frankfurt - December 2013

Online Merker - Gerhard Hoffmann – 11th December 2013
Die absolute vokale Überraschung des Abends bot allerdings Dimitri Platanias, sein herrlich timbrierter Bariton strömte weich dahin, verlor selbst in den expressiven Passagen nicht den nuancierten Farbreichtum. Die Prachtstimme erschien für den fiesen Scarpia fast zu schön, doch verstand es der griechische Sänger in trefflicher Mimik diese Charakterzüge umzusetzen.

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RIGOLETTO - Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, 15th September 2013

Opera Magazine - Yehuda Shapiro – November 2013
Experienced from the centre stalls, the voices rang out thrillingly, notably that of Dimitri Platanias, Covent Garden’s Rigoletto in spring 2012.  His is not a huge, rolling sound – more compact and focused, and of almost tenorial clarity towards the top.  With his dignified brooding presence and scrupulous musicianship, including a delicate voix mixte, Platanias caught the jester’s tragedy without emoting profusely or pushing his tone out of shape.  His lyrical singing could perhaps be more caressing, but this was a real Italianate baritone, in consummate command of his role.

Seen and Heard International by Jim Pritchard - 16th September 2013
The Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias looks like a huge pit-bull but sang here like a Verdi ‘god’. His Covent Garden debut was as Rigoletto and this was broadcast to cinemas worldwide. As in that David McVicar production, there his Rigoletto is clearly a ‘victim’ from the opera’s beginning to its end and in his outbursts he rails against the injustices he feels he is suffering from, as well as, the curse of Count Monterone on him and the Duke because of the latter’s violation of his daughter. His acting as before was emotionally engaging and compelling throughout and despite some enthusiastic applause interrupting his performance from time to time he never once stepped out of character, always remaining admirably focussed on the ensuing drama. His Act II aria ‘Cortigiani, vil razza dannata’ and duet ‘Sì! Vendetta, tremenda vendetta!’ were obvious highlights and even though some might quibble that Platanias lacks a true Verdian legato, his is such a very powerful – and instinctive – performance that this does not matter whatsoever.

www.classicalsource.com - Reviewed by Peter Reed
The Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, who played the title role in the Royal Opera’s revival in 2012, has hugely extended his emotional range as the jester. Even without accoutrements of costume and hunchback, you could feel him battling with the weight of Monterone’s curse, his uncompromising loathing of the Duke and his court, his disarming tenderness towards his daughter Gilda, and the subtle complexity of his anxiety over her abduction (which was a stand-out moment, with plenty of stiff competition, in this performance). His control of phrase and colour was a perfect fit for the music, and with Noseda at the helm, Platanias’s portrayal of Rigoletto’s self-disgust and inner conflict was astoundingly three-dimensional – the tragedy and irony of his ‘Look at me now, world’ in Act Three, when he thinks he’s clinched the Duke’s death, was unforgettable.

Opera Brittania by Mark Pulinger – Monday 16th September 2013
Of the three principal singers, only Dimitri Platanias brought any insight into his role. I missed his Rigoletto at Covent Garden in 2012, but was impressed enough with his Paolo this summer there in Simon Boccanegra to make me wish he was singing the doge himself. His baritone is big and bold, with a rich, velvety warmth to it, enabling him to ride the orchestra in great long phrases. He uses his instrument imaginatively. Rigoletto’s great monologue “Pari siamo” featured a decent range of dynamic response and expression and he fulminated convincingly in “Cortigiani”. Big moments weren’t fudged – the cries of “Ah, la maledizione!” rang out, as did the interpolated A flat at the end of “Sì, vendetta” duet.

The Guardian – Tim Ashley - 17th September 2013
Noseda's approach was very much matched by that of his Rigoletto, dark-voiced Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, who persuasively captured the seething rage and potential violence beneath the jester's obsequious servility

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SIMON BOCCANEGRA - ROH Covent Garden, June/July2013 (role Paolo Albiani)

Opera Britannia - Sebastian Petit - 28 June 2013
Finally we were lucky to have set against Hampson's Doge Dimitri Platanias' pit-bull of a Paolo. Platanias revelled in the dramatic opportunities and sang the role in full-bronzed tones befitting a full Verdi baritone. His short aria at the opening of Act 2 was a model of concentrated drama.

Bachtrack - David Karlin - 28th June 2013
As his eventual murderer Paolo, Dimitri Platanias sang almost as powerfully and comprehensively outacted him.

Express - William Hartson - 5th July 2013
With hugely impressive performances from Ferruccio Furlanetto, as his sworn enemy Fiesco, Dimitri Platanias as the scheming courtier Paolo, and…. this adds up to a quartet of leading male roles that drive the production forward, both musically and dramatically, to magnificent effect.

What'sOnStage - Mark Valencia - 3rd Julay 2013
….was magnetic as the turncoat Paolo, a man eaten away by jealousy and resentment. Platanias floated some heavenly notes above the water-borne strings that open the opera before descending fiercely, two hours later, into a hell of the character's own making. Startling stuff.

The Times - Hilary Finch - 2nd July 2013
Darker still, in the very abysm of moral chaos, is the inky baritone of Dimitri Platanias , making his role debut as an all but demonic Paolo, with resentment and self-cursing coiled in his voice.

The Spectator - Michael Tanner - 13th July 2013
Dimitri Platanias makes a really hateful Paolo, one only wishes the opposition to him were stronger.

Ms OperaGeek - 14th July 2013
Dimitri Platanias was a marvelous Paolo, a role that is often undercast at the Met even with its importance in the plot. I particularly enjoyed his scene where he debates over how to kill Boccanegra, with poison or with a knife. He was dramatic, and he was far from undercast in his role as Paolo.

MusicalCriticism.com - Michael Migliore - 19th July 2013
Dimitri Platanias as Paolo, was every bit as good as when I saw him in Rigoletto last year. His strong yet supple vocal lines are imbued deeply with thrilling color and nuances, which he rounds off with a syrupy sound.

TheArtsDesk.com - Ismene Brown - 28th June 2013
but I kept thinking that Platanias, a squat, powerful Paolo with more intensity to his voice, might make out a more arresting Boccanegra.

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SIMON BOCCANEGRA - Royal Opera House, Muscat Oman - December 2012

The Times of Oman - Sarah Macdonald - December 2012
Platanias's strong, powerful voice was a beautiful contrast to his subtle, yet effective performance as Simon. His emotions seemed true and raw, especially in the scene when he discovers his daughter.

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RIGOLETTO - ROH Covent Garden, March/April 2012

MusicalCriticism.com - Michael Migliore - 4th April 2012
Baritone Dimitri Platanias, making his house début as Rigoletto, received a rare - and well-deserved - standing ovation for his performance. He sings with unparalleled passion and a sense of style that is at the least captivating and at its best hauntingly sublime.

Music OMH - Opera Reviews - Lottie Greenhow - 30th March 2012
Dimitri Platanias commanded the stage as a wholly believable Rigoletto. A robust and mellifluous baritone, with a startlingly large range, he conveyed all the pathos that the role requires whilst injecting all Rigoletto's coarse humour into his jester scenes. Throwing himself completely into the role, he squeezed every last drop of emotion from Gilda's death scene, and appeared to take his bows looking somewhat shaken (receiving a well-deserved standing ovation in the process).

The Spectator - Michael Tanner - 14th April 2012
Dimitri Platanias, in the title role, has a magnificent voice, and used it with sensitivity and passion.

Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews - 2012
..with Dimitri Platanias an outstanding Rigoletto. His lovely tone in Act I elicited my sympathy, and in Act II his heartfelt la mia figlia, followed by his condemnation of the courtiers came over with huge power.

Sunday Times - Culture - Hugh Canning 8th - April 2012
Platanias scored with the audience for his generous, easy legato and commitment

Seen and Heard International - Jim Pritchard -March 31, 2012
a very powerful performance and a significant house debut

The Arts Desk - by Alexandra Coghlan -Saturday, 31 March 2012
Beautifully even through the range and strong at the extremes, his is a quality baritone

Bachtrack - David Karlin -30th March 2012
Dimitri Platanias gave us a wonderfully warm and rounded rendition of the title role, at his best in the tender moments between father and daughter where his richness of voice is very appealing

The Sunday Telegraph - John Allison -8th April 2012
Dimitri Platanias projects a powerful baritone as the tormented Rigoletto, carrying off the scabious, cockroach-like characterisation well

The Guardian - George Hall - 10th April 2012
Dimitri Platanias offers an awe-inspiring baritone in the title role

Time Out - Jonathan Lennie - 5th April 2012
Platanias steers a steady line between pathos and bathos, showing unwavering stamina in a superbly controlled vocal performance

Seen and Heard International - Jack Buckley - 18th April 2012 (via satellite)
…a remarkably impressive and chilling performance from a thrilling singer.

The Telegraph - Rupert Christiansen - 3rd April 2012
A big bruiser of a baritone with a terrific instrument, he sang with a blazing power that earned him an enthusiastic ovation

Pamela Hickman's concert critique blog 22nd April 2012
The role of the hunchback court buffoon Rigoletto, is played by Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, making his Covent Garden debut. His huge voice and all-encompassing stage presence are matched by his intensity, total involvement, vitality and facial expression. At each stage of the plot, one reads the emotion of the moment in his eyes. Those eyes burst into flame as he turns on the courtiers, screaming at them, calling them "you evil damned race", with the orchestra reflecting his gestures with incredible energy and violence. And then he is so different - so tender - when enquiring about his daughter. The court jester turns out to have an enormously noble and dignified side to him. Platanias' performance was moving and real.

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