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Alkis Karmpaliotis
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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With Riccardo Muti in 2019, after a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

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Gigned copy of Javier Camarena's 2018 album, Contrabandista

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A card that one of the campers at the workshop made for me! :)

My name is Alkis Karmpaliotis. I was born in 2006, and I'm currently a student at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. For as long as I can remember, I have been deeply passionate about classical music, specifically opera. When I was 12 years old, I founded AppreciateOpera.org to share that passion with the world and encourage other children to give opera a chance.

About Appreciate Opera

 

In 2019, I started working on a "How to Appreciate Opera" guide, with the ultimate goal of growing opera's audience and making it more accessible to the public. Over the next few years, I would continuously expand upon my Appreciate Opera Guide, write over forty articles covering everything from operatic history to performance reviews, and create opera-themed quizzes.

Some of my most popular articles are:

 

I have also had the pleasure of interviewing several influential musicians, scholars, and administrators — all of whom I reached out to either through social media or by contacting their agencies — including four GRAMMY winners. I conducted my first interview in 2020, and have since added six more:

In September 2023, I began accepting articles from guest writers. Now, AppreciateOpera.org has a staff of four dedicated columnists, including fellow high schoolers, college students, and adults. Later that year, I was approached by an advertising company to write an official review of a new children's book, Welcome to the Opera: Discover the Enchanting World of Opera with Mozart's "The Magic Flute" — which I published on my website. In 2024, I was hired by the classical music marketing agency UnisonMedia to review New York's PROTOTYPE opera festival, during which I was given free tickets and press access.

Since its foundation, AppreciateOpera.org has been on the constant rise. From February 2019 to January 2021, the site garnered a measly 7,000 unique visitors, but since then, the site has been viewed by nearly 230,000 individuals. As of June 2023, AppreciateOpera.org has nearly 4,000 subscribed members. I hope to maintain this upward trajectory and inspire more people to appreciate opera along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About Alkis!

My favorite composers are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, and Richard Wagner, and my favorite operas are Die Zauberflöte, La Traviata, and Tristan und Isolde.

I am also an avid fan of modern musical theater. In the summer of 2023, I interned at the Kaufman Music Center Summer Musical Theater Workshop, where I helped young kids (aged 6-7) learn music and theater. The experience was life-changing; I got to meet amazing people, perform in incredible original shows, and, most importantly, inspire and teach young kids to love and appreciate music.

In 2024, I was invited by Dr. Marc Dickey to co-teach an Intro to Music course at California State University, Fullerton. I taught four classes on operatic history, covering Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and contemporary composers. My work as a Teaching Assistant taught me about the value of sharing my passion with others and inspiring other young people to go to the opera.

In addition to music, I also love writing and journalism. In August 2020, I authored my first article for OperaWire.com, the largest opera website in the world, "How Young People Can Get Interested in Opera," and I am currently an OperaWire contributing columnist. In early 2023, I became the Editor-in-Chief of my school newspaper, The Fieldston News, as a sophomore.

Regardless of where life takes me, music will always hold a firm place in my heart.

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Appreciate Opera's growth as of 2023

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With Sir John Eliot Gardiner after a lecture on Beethoven's symphonies

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At the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University

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Me teaching the campers some music!

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