Performer, Author, Educator
Chrissellene G. Petropoulos launched her career in Europe with The Vienna State Opera, Austria, and the Kassel State Opera, Germany. While at the Vienna State Opera she was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to be in his world premier of The Mass. She has performed in musical theater, classical concerts and recitals throughout Europe and the United States, including the Lincoln Center in New York, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Ms. Petropoulos has performed for presidents, diplomats — and even Bob Hope.
Ms. Petropoulos has met with success not only on stage, but on television and radio in Europe and America.
Chrissellene is still singing and performing to this day!
Ms. Petropoulos has met with success not only on stage, but on television and radio in Europe and America.Possessing a personality that communicates with rare artistry, she has been praised by Leonard Bernstein, Walter Legge, Luciano Pavarotti, Rosa Ponselle, Bidu Sayao, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Praise for Chrissellene in The Washington Post
Praise for her performances have been featured in The New York Times:
“Ms. Petropoulos has a lovely voice and a gracious manner with French music. It was a pleasure to hear her"
and The Washington Post:
"The program was performed in five languages and a half-dozen styles, with a dramatic flair equal to its high musical quality.”
At the request of Rosa Ponselle, Ms. Petropoulos officially opened the Ponselle Museum at Villa Pace in Baltimore, Maryland, with a full recital, of which was written:
“From the soprano’s naturally irresistible manner and well-placed range, one understood how the late diva was drawn to her.”
As a last minute replacement for Anna Moffo at the Curtis Institute’s Anniversary Celebration in Philadelphia, she was received with excitement and enthusiasm by the press, who wrote:
“Full of emotion and mood, her singing brought together musicality and vivid expression, colorful singing, and completeness of approach to art songs.”
Possessing a personality that communicates with rare artistry, she has been praised by Leonard Bernstein, Walter Legge, Luciano Pavarotti, Rosa Ponselle, Bidu Sayao, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Singing at the Kennedy Center for a fundraiser, Ms. Petropoulos was praised by Bob Hope, who said,
“You sing the National Anthem better than anybody I have ever heard.”
Research and Pedagogy
Vocal Mastery™Academy was developed because of a passion and drive to make a detour from her road to vocal failure and find the way to the strongest road to breathing and vocal production. Her father, being an Otolaryngologist could not help her. Her determination and drive lead her discover that the mystery of singing and speaking must be replaced with the knowledge of “how and why” the instrument functions, based on facts, not emotions and imagery.
Ms. Petropoulos has worked extensively with medical doctors, whose assistance she has employed in the scientific research for her book Performance Mode The Technical Commands to Vocal Mastery.™ Evidence of the Technical Commands are demonstrated via fiber-optic laryngoscopy attached to a video-stroboscope and synchronized sound dynamic magnetic resonance imagery (a singing MRI).
The Performance Mode and the Technical Command™ System was accepted and presented at the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia in 2006. In 2007, the Library of Congress chose to add Performance Mode and The 10 Technical Commands to Vocal Mastery™ to their original collections. Her accomplishments can be found in the United States Congressional Record. She has also been awarded a United States Patent.
In addition to performing, she teaches privately in her studio and on line, gives group lessons, master classes and workshops, based on confidence (Performance Mode) and The Technical Commands™system for breathing and vocal strengthening.
Her work on Performance Mode been featured and praised in the book The Confidence Code by New York Times best selling authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.
Community Involvement & Leadership
Ms. Petropoulos is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, Sigma Alpha Iota and the Friday Morning Music Club of Washington D.C. Ms. Petropoulos has served as a board member for the Montgomery County Arts Council, Educational Arts Cable 57 TV and Potomac Community Theatre. Ms. Petropoulos has received honors and awards including Woman of the Year. Former Maryland Senator Charles “Mac” Mathias entered her achievements into the Congressional Record.
Ms. Petropoulos holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, a Masters Certificate from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and an Artist Diploma (Doctorate in Performance), from the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. She has pursued postgraduate studies at Indiana University and is certified in Commercial Contemporary Music. Ms. Petropoulos taught as an adjunct professor at the Shenandoah Conservatory and the Catholic University of America.
We 'traveling artists' must sacrifice our personal lives for our career.
This tape is a Merry Christmas gift to my Mom and Dad while I was preparing for performances.