Diamanda Galas is a challenging and compelling avant-garde vocalist, pianist, composer and performance artist.
A resident of New York City since 1989, Diamanda Galas was born to and Greek Orthodox parents who encouraged her gift for piano. Growing up in San Diego, CA, she studied a variety of musical forms, as well as visual-art performance before moving to Europe in the late seventies. Galás made her performing debut in 1979 at France’s Festival d’Avignon, which led to an invitation to assume the lead role in composer Vinko Globokar’s politically charged opera “Un Jour Comme Un Autre”.
Galás made her recorded debut in 1982 with ‘”The Litanies of Satan”, a provocative work comprised of a vocal adaptation of a poem by Baudelaire, and her numerous musical and theatrical works have since included the pivotal “Plague Mass” (1990), a haunting mass for people with AIDS; “Vena Cava” (1992), a solo voice and electronic work concerning AIDS dementia and clinical depression; “Schrei 27” (1996), which deals with torture and isolation; the concerts/recordings of “Malediction and Prayer” (1998), “Judgement Day”, “Concert For The Damned”, “The Masque Of The Red Death” Trilogy (1984 – 1988), “La Serpenta Canta” (2004), a “greatest-hits” collection and ‘”Guilty, Guilty, Guilty” (2008).
In 2005 she was awarded Italy’s prestigious Demetrio Stratos International Career Award. Diamanda Galas continues to write record and perform to great acclaim around the world.
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