One of the most exciting baritones of his generation, Dimitris Tiliakos was born in Rhodes and, after studying the viola, he began his vocal training at the Conservatory of Athens. He won the “Maria Callas Prize” and a two years scholarship, which allowed him to continue his studies in Munich at “Hochschule für Musik und Theater”. Shortly thereafter he made his debut at Prinzregententheater in Munich as Conte d’Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and won the “W.D. Fassbaender Prize” for young baritones. He also became a member of Nürnberg State Opera, where he performed the major roles of the baritone repertory.
Dimitris Tiliakos has already trod the boards of some among the major theaters of the world, including New York Metropolitan Opera (La bohème), London Royal Opera House (Don Carlo), Opéra National de Paris (Don Carlo, Macbeth), Teatro Real Madrid (Les Huguenots, Dido and Aeneas and Macbeth), Teatro Liceu de Barcelona (The Legend of the invisible city of Kitez by Rimsky-Korsakov), Opernhaus Zürich (Macbeth), Opéra de Monte-Carlo (La bohème), Teatro La Fenice (Manon Lescaut), Athens Megaron (Simone Boccanegra, Macbeth), Greek National Opera (Don Giovanni, Carmen, Il trovatore), Opera de Nice (Il Trovatore e Simon Boccanegra), Staatsoper Hamburg (Manon Lescaut), Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall (La bohème), Tokyo Opera City, and many others.
He worked with such conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Renato Palumbo, Evelino Pidò, Teodor Currentzis, Alain Altinoglu and Marc Minkowski, and with such stage directors as Graham Vick, Claus Guth, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Robert Carsen and Bob Wilson.
His discography and Dvd releases include Verdi’s Macbeth for Bel Air Classiques with the Paris National Opera Orchestra, Dido and Aeneas for Alpha, Francesca da Rimini (Lanciotto) for Bel Air Classiques, Schubert’s Winterreise for Navis Classics, as well as Mozart’s Don Giovanni (title role) for Sony Classical under the baton of Teodor Currentzis.
Don Giovanni (title role) at Festival Dei Due Mondi di Spoleto, conducted by James Conlon; Aida (Amonasro) and Francesca da Rimini (Lancelotto) at La Monnaie de Bruxelles; La traviata (Giorgio Germont) at Perm Tchaikovsky Opera Theatre, at Greek National Opera of Athens and at Royal Danish Opera; Macbeth (title role) at Opernhaus Zurich; Rigoletto (title role) at Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow,Don Giovanni (title role) in Novara and Ravenna; Elektra (Orest) and Tosca (Scarpia) at Greek National Theatre Athens, La traviata (Giorgio Germont) in Luxembourg (staged by Bob Wilson) and as a concert in Cologne, Hamburg, Dortmund; Rigoletto (title role) at Staatstheater Stuttgart.
Pagliacci (Tonio) at Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli under the baton of Philippe Auguine .Le nozze di Figaro (Conte) at the Greek National Opera; Tosca (Scarpia) at the Athens Megaron.
Dimitris Tiliakos will sing the baritone part in Brahms “Ein Deutsches Requiem” with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Teodor Currentzis in Diaghilev Festival of Perm, Moscow, Dortmund, Hamburg, Paris, he will also sing the title role of Don Giovanni at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Luzern Festival in a concert version, the title role of Don Pasquale at Opernhaus Zurich and the role of Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.