Soula Parassidis is enjoying a breakout year in 2023, receiving critical acclaim for her electrifying portrayal of the title role in Iphigénie en Tauride, which she embodied for the Maria Callas centennial celebration in Athens, Greece, with the direction of Thanos Papakonstantinou under the baton of George Petrou. Following her Greek debut, Soula triumphed in two subsequent productions of Iphigenie in Bern Switzerland, and Boston Baroque's globally streamed production of the same opera in partnership with IDAGIO music. Hailed as "incandescent" by the Boston Globe, her gripping interpretation, conducted by Martin Perlman and directed by Mo Zhou, further solidified her reputation as an exceptional singing actress.
Other notable opera engagements include Soula's Asian debut in La Clemenza di Tito with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Teseo at Theater an der Wien, Les Pecheurs de Perles at Opera Holland Park, Don Giovanni in Guangzhou China, and the title role of Vanessa by Samuel Barber at the Opéra-Théatre de Metz Métropole, where she also sang the Gräfin Madeleine in Capriccio by Richard Strauss, marking her debut in the lyric dramatic fach. In 2019, she sang Elettra in Idomeneo at Teatro Massimo Palermo and Helmwige in Die Walküre at Opéra National de Bordeaux. She made her debut in Korngold's Violanta at the Teatro Regio Torino and participated in the Guangzhou Opera's 10-year anniversary gala in 2020, performing Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. Soula was also a member of the ensemble of Oper Leipzig for three seasons, where she performed a variety of leading repertoire and returned on several occasions with the company as a guest soloist.
Soula is equally at home in orchestral repertoire with highlights including her debut with the Czech Philharmonic at the Prague Rudolfinum in Henri Dutilleux's Correspondances, a performance that was also broadcast on Radio France. She also performed Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder at the Attersee Festival, Bachianas Brasileiras at the Berliner Waldbühne, and New Year’s concerts at the Teatro Massimo Palermo. Further debuts include appearances at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonie, Wüttembergische Philharmonie, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse, where she performed Mahler's 4th Symphony.
Amidst her career as a soprano, Soula Parassidis founded Living Opera in 2019, an art and technology platform that supports emerging artists and helps arts organizations integrate technology into their services and strategies. Her entrepreneurial endeavors have led her to collaborate with organizations such as Medici TV, IDAGIO streaming, Les Arts Valencia, and Stagetime Arts. Living Opera has gained recognition in popular press outlets like Forbes, Newsweek, Fast Company, and Yahoo Finance, solidifying Soula's role as a visionary in the industry. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Soula is an advocate against human trafficking, serving on the board of the Exodus Road.
Soula Parassidis's first trained as a classical flutist and actor. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia, and subsequently received generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, which helped lay the foundation for her multifaceted career. With her unique timbre, glamorous stage presence, and unwavering dedication to her craft, Soula continues to captivate audiences worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on the international operatic landscape.