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Fotini Darra is a well known singer and actress, one of the most cultivated voices of the Greek musical scene, muse of Dimitris Papadimitriou, Fotini Darra, an extremely refined woman, often mentioned to as an angel presence by the Greek Press, is the living proof that the Greek music industry can, even nowadays, produce art as well.

 

Fully and absolutely committed to what she stands for as an artist, she strongly believes that an artist should always be present at all events, regardless of what might happen in his/her personal life. She feels proud to have Dimitris Papadimitriou as her mentor, whom she grants to be her guardian angel. At the same time she feels extremely responsible for her performance on stage so she can live up to his expectations as a singer and be equal to follow his "footprint" as a composer.

 

Fotini Darra strongly believes that music unites people, but she greatly supports the theory that each nation ought to have its own identity. She also believes that the artist has to make a distinction between ambition and vanity. It's not an easy trait to accomplish, but every one can get there with patience and consistency.

 

Fotini Darra is an extremely talented singer with a great presence. She has had a great number of successful performances since her first appearance. Her sensational voice was recognized from the soundtrack of the TV series Leni, however she also had successful performances on the theatrical stage. She performed in Erodeio and in Epidayros, in which she had great success. One of her great successes was granted by her participation in the soundtrack of the TV series Oi Magisses tis Smirnis (The Witches of Ismir), where she collaborated once more with the composer Dimitris Papadimitriou. She seems so fragile, through her crystal voice and the type of songs she performs. However she is a modern young woman full of energy, who becomes a different persona respectively to the song she performs each time.

 

 

Fotini Darra has performed in the soundtrack of the film To Fos pou Svinei (Fading Light), featured by Alekos Alexandrakis and Vicky Volioti in Halki. Fotini Darra has also graduated from the Theodosiadi School, one of the best acting schools in Greece. She has participated as a cantor in Aristophanes' Ornithes and has played the leading part in the National Theater, playing "Eleni", she has participated in A Midnight Summer's Dream and then in the State Theater of North Greece. She then started cooperating with Dimitris Mamagakis. She has also participated as an actor in one of the concerts of Dimitris Papadimitriou in Erodeio, where he first listened to her and invited her to Thessaloniki. Then the part of "Aretousa", in Erotokritos, came.

 

She admits that Dimitris Papadimitriou has an enormous artistic impact on her. What she means by that is that he inspired her with his own vision, which became their mutual goal. She confesses that this is what follows her steps and defines her choices.

 

She speaks with great love for her work in the TV series Oi Magisses tis Smirnis, because she admits that this work showed her the east side of Hellenism, as well as the great pain of the people who lost their homes. She speaks with the same great passion for the song under the title Stalsimo, the lyrics of which are on a free translation above. This is a poem of Dimitris Kapsalis which she really adores. After this work, she had her new CD under the title Hilia Matia (One Thousand Eyes), while in 2004 she had her first personal CD album Deltio Anemon (Winds Report), with songs of Dimitri Papadimitriou, based on poems of Greek and foreign poets and lyrists. Top of her performances is granted to be the concert held, on 13th June 2009, in the historic temple of Agia Eirini in Constantinople, operating nowadays as a museum. She was supported by the orchestra of Contemporary Music and the Chorus of ERT (Greek TV and Radio) led by maestro Andreas Pylarinos. The artistic program included compositions of Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, Stavros Xarhakos, Dimitris Papadimitriou, traditional songs and two well known Turkish songs.

 

She has been awarded with the Prize for Music for her songs in the play “To Fos pou Svinei” (Fading Light), she has also been awarded at the International Festival of Musicals for Children, she has been given an award by the Greek Arion Awards, for her interpretation of the songs “Fevga” (Run Away”) and “Leni,” and finally she was awarded for being an International Greek Woman in the Awards “Women of the Year,” organized by the magazine Life & Style.