Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Alkis with Riccardo Muti in Greece in 2019
Alkis's signed copy of Javier Camarena's 2018 album, Contrabandista
I was born in 2006, and I live in New York City and go to the opera frequently. I have always been a big classical music fan, which I credit to my parents, who have been playing such music for me since the day I was born, and to my piano teacher, Dr. Carol Ann Aicher, who introduced me to Wagner and continues to enhance my knowledge of music every day. My favorite composers are Ludwig van Beethoven, Anton Bruckner, and Richard Wagner, and my favorite operas are Rigoletto, Tosca, and Tristan und Isolde. As for conductors, I love the legendary recordings of Carlos Kleiber, Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti, and Riccardo Muti, as well as the newer renditions of Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons, and Kirill Petrenko.
I founded Appreciate Opera in 2019, when I was 12 years old, with the ultimate goal of sharing my passion for music with the world and spreading knowledge of opera to young people across the world. It would contain articles, interviews, quizzes, and even a detailed guide for how to learn to appreciate opera. Membership of my website spiked after my interviews with violinist and conductor Antonello Manacorda in June of 2020 and grammy-award-winning counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.
As of 2023, Appreciate Opera has been visited by dozens of thousands of different people from around the world and has over 1,000 members. In August of 2020, I authored my first article for OperaWire, a major opera website, and I have since been an OperaWire contributing author.
I would love nothing more than to pursue a career in music, either as a conductor or as an arts administrator -- but regardless of what I choose as a career, music will always have a firm place in my heart.
Alkis with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in New York in 2020