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Anna Vissi (Greek: ¢ííá Âßóóç; born December 20, 1957) is a Cypriot-Greek singer, famous mainly in Greece, and her home country Cyprus, with minor international success in the United States.She has been singing from a very early age, beginning formal musical studies at the age of six at a local conservatory. At the age of twelve she entered a talent competition and won first prize. Two years later, she was the main singer at Ayia Tilliria, which was also her first TV appearance. In 1973, her family moved to Athens, Greece where she was able to pursue her studies at the National Conservatory. She would eventually appear with a number of well-known Greek singers, such as George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, and Vasilis Papakonstantinou, in the famous nightclubs of Plaka, in Athens. During this time she also studied law at the University of Athens. Her first important collaboration, alongside Georgios Dalaras, was with composer Stavros Koujioumtzis. Koujioumtris composed two songs for Vissi, S` Agapo and Sta Hronia tis Ipomonis. She also collaborated with many important Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis (1974/1975), Georgios Hadjinassios (1974), Doros Giorgiadis (1974), Nikos Karvelas (who later became her husband; 1975) and Mihalis Terzis (1976).
In the early 1990s, she continued performing around Greece with Nikos Karvelas, with appearances at Diogenis Palace and then at Rex. In November 1991, Vissi and Karvelas stared in the first Greek rock opera, Demones. It was based on a libretto by Stavros Sideras and staged at Athicon Theater in Athens for two years. Roger Williams was the director and Anna Vissi (Queen & Rozanne), Yannis Samsiaris (Daniel), Mpessy Malfa (Witch & Loa) and John Modinos (Inquisitor) were the leading actors. Demones was played on foreign TV stations and attracted the attention of Broadway agents.
A year later in October 1993, Vissi landed the leading role of Aphrodite, in the one act opera Ode to the Gods by Stavros Sideras. It was held only once in Limassol, Cyprus, during the celebrations for the Commonwealth Day. The then-president of the Republic of Cyprus, Glafkos Kleridis, and Queen Elizabeth II, were amongst the audience. The following years Karvelas and Vissi released albums that became gold and platinum. They included Lambo in 1992, Emeis in 1992, Live! in 1993, Re! in 1994, and O! Kypros with traditional Cypriot songs in 1995.In 1998, Vissi released her new studio album titled Antidoto, which sold more than 80,000 copies in just a week, breaking all previous records to that point. In 1998, Vissi gave a charity concert at the Presidential Palace in Cyprus, with the presidential orchestra of the Russian Confederacy (Telethon) and continued with two concerts in London, in February 1999 (Forum Music Theatre, Palladium Theatre). There was also a mini tour in the U.S., giving concerts in Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Chicago, Boston and New York (Madison Square Garden). The Los Angeles Times wrote: "A performance so charismatic, so filled with sheer magnetic talent... expect big things from this potential new international star", while the New York Times wrote: "With raised arms and delicately stepping feet, she was no unapproachable, packaged pop diva, but an irrepressible entertainer".
In New York City, Anna performed a mini concert for her fans at the Virgin Mega Store in Times Square. This performance was part of a series of events hosted by the Virgin Megastore, promoting some of the world`s biggest stars, with Anna being the only Greek singer to receive this honor. The event was promoted throughout the tristate area by KTU (radio station) and was part of "Anna Vissi day" at the biggest Virgin Megastore in the US.Followed by a short break from music, in April 2000 Anna Vissi performed at London`s Royal Albert Hall, at the so-called `millennium show`, singing in front of people from Sony International, marketing managers from Europe, and fans from the UK.
On May 13, 2000, she performed as a special guest star in her native Cyprus, at the 49th annual Miss Universe Pageant which took place at the Eleftheria Stadium in Nicosia. She sang for the very first time her song "On a Night Like This".
Some months later, her first international single was released called Everything I Am, containing the original version and three remixes of the song (Almighty Mix, Eiffel 65 RMX, Groove Brothers Remix), and a song with both Greek and English lyrics called "Moro Mou, No Tomorrow". She also filmed her first video clip of that single, directed by Antti Jokinen (Solar films, Finland), that cost 80,000,000 drachmas (310,000 dollars).
Apart from the English single, she also released a new Greek single called "Agapi Ypervoliki", containing six new songs. Having sold more than 75,000 copies in 10 weeks, it became triple platinum and finally settled at four times platinum. To
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www.annavissi.net, www.myspace.com/annavissi, www.fannatics.gr
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Sofia Karvelas (daughter)
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Lia Vissi (songwriter)
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Laïko, pop, dance, entehno, pop rock
Minos (1973–1978), EMI Greece (1979–1982), CarVi (1982–1983), Sony Music Greece (1984–2013), Moda/Vanilla (2005–2006) Vanilla (her own label) (2010–), Panik Gold (2013–)
Epikouri, Nikos Karvelas
Moda/Vanilla (2005–2006), Vanilla (her own label) (2010–)
Anna Vissi (Greek: Άννα Βίσση born 20 December 1957), also known as Anna Vishy, is a Greek recording artist and actress. Born in Cyprus, she studied music at conservatories and performed locally before moving to the professional scene in Athens, Greece in 1973, where she signed with Minos and simultaneously collaborated with other musical artists and released promotional singles of her own while studying at the University of Athens.
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