Acclaimed for her floating high notes, colorful vocal timbre and excellent musicianship, Anastasia Malliaras is quickly making a name for herself in the worlds of classical music and as a recording artist. Anastasia made her operatic debut in 2013 as Nannetta in Bay View Music Festival’s production of Falstaff and has since played the role at West Bay Opera. Other roles played include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Héro (Beatrice et Bénédict), Frasquita (Carmen), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Marie (La fille du régiment), and Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann). In 2017, Anastasia performed the world premiere of the opera Tesla with SoBe Arts, where she portrayed the role of Marie Astor Hampton.
With chamber music holding a significant place of importance in Anastasia's performance work, she is the co-founder of Duo Apollon, a classical voice and guitar duo, along with her collaborator Aaron Haas. The pair performs art song repertoire for voice and guitar, as well as transcriptions from piano. The repertoire originally written for guitar and voice is more obscure and showcases song cycles that are rarely heard, while the transcriptions reinterpret classic art song with the unique sound of the guitar-voice duo. In 2018, Duo Apollon was named winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions which awarded them many performance opportunities in the Los Angeles area. The pair has since been featured on many beloved Southern California concert series, such as Sunday's Live at LACMA, Music at the Mansion, Classical Crossroads, The Interludes, and Music by the Sea.
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Anastasia has been honored to represent her Greek heritage by performing at events such as the Greek Dioceses of Chicago Junior Olympics, the Chicago Greek Parade, and Pops Goes Hellenic: an event in collaboration with the Boston Pops to celebrate and preserve Greek culture.
Awards and accolades include being the one of the finalists of the 2019 Zachary Competition, winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Los Angeles District in 2018, winner and LA Opera Encouragement Award recipient of the 2017 Center Stage Opera Vocal Competition, Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions San Diego District in 2015, and winner of the 2014 Shirley Rabb Winston Vocal Competition where she was then invited to sing at the National Society of Arts and Letters 70th Anniversary Gala.
Anastasia Malliaras is one of the evening's true joys vocally. As Nannetta, she time and again takes Verdi's runs of trickling notes and brings joyous interpretations.
A burgeoning recording artist, Anastasia uses her vocal artistry for more than live performances. Anastasia is now being sought after by composers in order record new works that are being used for personal projects and film. Most notably, she is collaborating with renowned composer Giacomo Cataldo to help bring his orchestral pieces to life with voice. Furthermore, Duo Apollon is in the process of recording their debut album, which will be released later in 2020.
Anastasia has participated in prestigious Young Artist Programs and festivals such as the Young Artist Vocal Academy at Houston Grand Opera, Central City Opera Studio Artist Program, and the iSing! International Young Artists Festival. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, as well as a graduate of University of Southern California where she earned her Master of Music in Vocal Arts.