On the occasion of its limited offers in the winter Suss Theaterthe Eleni Tsaligopoulou She welcomed us into her personal retreat, in “homeland“Her, as she calls it, her beautiful and warm home in Thracomedonis.
“I was never a city kid. I grew up in Naoussa. I don’t like the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s like I’m losing my mind, I can’t concentrate. This house has become the biggest love of my life, my home. I joined in 1993 and when I came here with my boyfriend Kostas Kaldara – Apostolou’s father’s house is one street away – I came to leave the center of Athens. What I dreamed of, I suddenly found here“, he is telling us.
The popular artist not only opened her door to us, but to her as well heart From and with the “vehicle” the 24 letters of the alphabet in which we “travelled”. Naoussa –Her place- We met Grandma and Grandpa Its of Pontus, we learned about Her father, a singer, used to soothe her with traditional songs We taught her the first few takes of the song, and peeked in her door Family bar “Melia” And we saw Little Eleni does laundry and cleans bags of vegetables. We’ve seen it To play Stone War And falling into Sawdust With her friends, but also to make her… Exorcism or To pass it Her first test by… Her brother!
“I am the first girl in the Tsaligopoulou family. My father was a singer and used to sing folk songs as well. She lulled me to sleep with a song that said “Married/Widow for three years goes to her mother.” He taught me the shots in songs, and the lyrics of popular songs. I put his takes on the traditional songs I sing, that’s why I say I’m an experimental singer.
I remember my grandmother with Byzantine music, she excelled at it too! Every Wednesday he took me to church. I was crazy about the way you perform Isocrates, how you do some seconds above the tune. Grandfather was a cobbler, he made his own chimneys, he sang and cried, he was a refugee from Pontus».
I was a regular girl playing rock ‘n’ roll and falling into the sawdust with my friends. I grew up in a generation that expected a lot of good things to come, but the girls of my generation ate a lot of mistakes.
“My parents were pub owners for 30 years, and they had Melia neighborhood bar. My mother, who was originally from Smyrna, developed into a terrible cook. She was a good cook, and I’m a good cook too. I cook really well. And I love cooking for a lot of people. I can do this easily and with great joy, it relaxes me. People around the table with delicious bread and moreaki bring out the best in them.
I worked there, my father got me pregnant, I’ve done lanza’s, cleaned tons, and bags of greens. The pub was a popular place in the 70s and 80s, and I remember it all very well. And one day there I also remember Chronis Aydonidis. “My father was kind-hearted and could have become a singer of our folk traditions.”
Eleni Tsaligopoulou She became a mother at only nineteen years oldShe was a child herself, she admits. “I am a mother, a wife and a girl for all these years. My son and I have almost grown up together because I gave birth to him when I was 19 in a rural town in Naoussa. Fortunately I did it, completely unaware of the ‘danger’, because after that I got so lost in the songs that I didn’t There is no longer room for a child or anything else.
I went through a lot of difficulties with the child Meaning I didn’t stand by him as a mother, I stood by him as a friend, as a sister, as someone who understood 100% and it was wrong. My greatest struggle was understanding how to be a mother and also Helen’s role as someone who had disappeared for many years. She was a good singer – because that’s what she excelled at – and she had problems with everything else. I had to grow up a lot to find them on my own, with psychoanalysis, with the help of friends, etc. I have missed Eleni for many years.
Now I have completely changed, now I am the cook, friend, mother, partner, and now I am so much better at everything than I was when I was 30. I feel free in the way I express myself. In this constant running I am sure of it I made a lot of mistakesThe only good thing I have is that I understand my mistakes and apologize for them and never do it again. I discovered this method from the age of 40 onwards, and this is how I accept others as well. All people are weak and have good and bad sides. the Psychotherapy He helped me a lot in finding my role as a woman in life. I was living as if one of my limbs was missing. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, a gift to myself“, he admits.
Becoming a singer and leaving her home during a difficult period was one of Eleni Tsaligopoulou’s personal revolutions. After Thessalonica and a beautiful night, he found himself in Athens where among other things She remembers knowing Manos Hadjidakis: ““You are Madonna,” Manos told me.“And we He tells a funny story To Sirius.
Coming to today, Eleni Tsaligopoulou reveals to us Next plans Haa job “Giorgos Andreou’s dream, 20 years ago, is a musical theatre, like folk opera, about the development of women in singing, as if it were a depiction of Nino and Papagika.”“, he tells us and also continues the show of The Lazy Dragon at the Athens Concert Hall, but the new album is prepared with Fotis Siotas.
“Whatever there was to live, I lived, I have no disgust Whatever I did, everything went back to normal. I’m proud of that. I did what I dreamed of With music. I am someone who has received a lot of love from the area“, he is telling us.
Which will be Beautiful ending she has; “I’m not afraid of the end of my music career. That will come at some point and I’m not afraid of it. Now I have a voice, and I sing, maybe in a year, in 5, in 10, I won’t be able to. I’m not afraid of that at all. I mostly want to age well. I remember this from my mother, who died at the age of 92, and she used to say, “There is nothing more good than a person’s ending in life.”».
The journey through the life and career of Eleni Tsaligopoulos is carried out in the following words (in alphabetical order):
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Cetonia of the Thracomedonians
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RGiza (Pontus and Asia Minor)
Eleni Tsaligopoulou is at the Alsos Theater in winter for only four performances. Premieres Friday, October 27 (Friday, October 27 and November 3-10 and 24)
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