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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

My name is Alkis Karmpaliotis, I was born in 2006, and I'm currently a Junior at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. I have always loved classical music, especially opera, thanks to my parents and music teacher Dr. Carol Ann Aicher.

About Appreciate Opera

I founded this website in 2019 when I was 12 years old. It began as a small opera-themed blog that I shared only with family and close friends. A few months later, I started working on a "How to Appreciate Opera" guide, with the ultimate goal of sharing my passion for music with the world and encouraging other young kids to appreciate opera. In late-2019, I took AppreciateOpera.org 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 three GRAMMY winners:

In September 2023, I began accepting articles from guest writers. Now, AppreciateOpera.org has a staff of several 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" — the first of many official reviews to come. In 2024, I was hired by classical music agency UnisonMedia to review New York's PROTOTYPE opera festival as a freelance job 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 over 200,000 individuals. As of June 2023, AppreciateOpera.org has nearly 2,000 subscribed members. I hope to maintain this upward trajectory and inspire more people to appreciate opera along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

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 worked as an Intern at the Kaufman Music Center Summer Musical Theater Workshop, where I got to help 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.

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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.

My goal is to study musicology in college, then go on to pursue a career as an arts administrator. Regardless of where life takes me, music will always hold a firm place in my heart.

Me teaching the campers some music!

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