In a ceremony on 11 July 2011 at the House of Lords in London, the S.T.A.R. Foundation awarded a medal and a certificate to Cypriot soprano Julietta Demetriades for her achievements in classical singing. The S.T.A.R. Foundation (Sociable, Trustworthy and Responsible) honours artists who have excelled in their art and offered their services to charity.
In addition to Ms. Demetriades, this year's nominees included ballerina Doreen Marchioness of Londonderry, singer Patti Boulaye of London's West End, and Oleksandra Jennings, state violinist of Ukraine. The ceremony was hosted by the Foundation's Patron, Lord Tarsem, King of West Bromwich; the medals were awarded by Prince Shwebomin of Burma. The Foundation's president is the distinguished Cypriot philosopher, pedagogue and writer, Dr Joy Philippou.
Julietta Demetriades began her musical studies with Pitsa Spyridaki (piano) and Elli Korai-Yerolemou (vocals) at the Hellenic School of Music in her native Lefkosia. With scholarships from the Royal Schools of Music of the United Kingdom and the Leventis Foundation, she left Cyprus to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the University of London. She holds a first Degree and Master in Performance and a Diploma in Opera Performance Studies.
Ms. Demetriades has performed widely in England, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. She recently made her debut at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and at the Gasteig in Munich. Other venues where she has performed include the Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, the Hellenic Centre in London, the Athens Megaron, the Senate in Prague, the Cairo Opera House and the Helsinki Cathedral. She has also collaborated with many national orchestras, including the Cairo Symphony, the Lublin Phil- harmonic and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with various opera organisations, most recently with the Prague State Opera and the London Lyric Opera.
Ms. Demetriades has broadcast for Cyprus Radio and Television, Television France, Egypt Television, Classic FM, Czech Radio, Spain Radio and Radio Israel.
Her repertoire includes major operatic roles and oratorios, as well as lieder and songs from all over the world. She also has a keen interest in contemporary classical music, and she has performed world premières of some of these works at con- certs and festivals worldwide. In 2007 she was a finalist in the Nizzissima "Voce del Mediterraneo" Folksong Radio Competition.
Ms. Demetriades's immediate future engagements include concerts in the United Kingdom, Germany, India and Canada, as well as her upcoming performance as Donna Elvira in the Cyprus Opera production of Don Giovanni.
From "Cyprus Today" Magazine, July – September 2011