when she sings...

it's like melted chocolate,

dark, deep and rich

keeping alive the vanishing contralto

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The deep, resonant, open-throated contralto sound is unique, as if it were being drawn up out of the earth.


Irini Tzanetoulakou

Irini is originally from Greece and she is currently based in Brussels, Belgium.

She has a Master's Degree in classical singing from the HKU, University of the Arts Utrecht, as well as an Acting Bachelors Degree (outstanding graduate, Contemporary Theatre School of Athens. Greece). She has also obtained a Biology Bachelors Degree from University of Patras, Greece.

She has evolved to a versatile multidisciplinary artist who has performed in various genres (opera, theatre, dance theatre) in different countries: Greece, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Romania, United Kingdom, Egypt and Australia. She has also introduced to the public her own projects and vision where she combines classical singing with theatre and contemporary dance elements.

Her future plans:
• “the Soccer Opera” by Lefteris Veniadis in the Athens International Festival and Chios Music Festival include,
• “what Love has taught me”, staged version of G.Mahler Kindertotenlieder, festival “de week van de klank”, Brussels, Vlanders, February 2022.
• “El Duende”, music theatre performance, staged version of spanish classical songs combined with texts by F.G.Lorca, Zottegem, Belgium, November 2021.

Irini has a years long experience in teaching and coaching. Since 2013, she gives singing lessons at conservatories and drama schools in Greece and since September 2017, singing and theatre lessons in music and word academies in Belgium. Throughout these years she has been teaching in three different languages: greek, english and dutch.

Her own mixed educational and professional background has allowed her to succesfully interact as a singing coach with professionals of different disciplines( singers, actors, dancers), understanding their specific qualities and tools as part of the learning process.

On the other hand, she has been since 2019 involved in stage and drama coaching for opera professionals.

What defines a true Contralto?

Due to the rareness of the voice type, more often than not, Mezzos or Counter Tenors cross over into the Contralto repertoire. While Mezzo Sopranos make their own unique contributions to the world of singing, the Contralto experience is quite a different one altogether. And while Counter Tenors are often hired in place of Mezzos or Contraltos, especially in oratorio, they offer yet another auditory experience beyond the true Contralto.

“The contralto voice cannot be acquired; it is God-given.”

Eric Myers

Irini Tzanetoulakou's Polyxeni is grounded with salt-of-the-earth directness and a haunting voice which lives in the dark..

An excellent Contralto: Irini Tzanetoulakou, possessing a dark voice color, immaculate phrasing and a very good technique. Self controlled as well as sentimental, a trained actress who therefore knows what interpretation is