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“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

- Suzy Kassem

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Achilles Leonidas Bezanis, Tenor, is currently based in Chicago, IL, while singing, working, and
pursuing a career in the arts. He was recently a Resident Artist with Opera Naples for their
2018/19 Season. He completed his Master’s in Voice and Literature at the Eastman School of
Music, studying under Professor Robert Swensen. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal
Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where he
studied with Dr. Scott Piper.
Achilles has performed the role of Fabrizio Naccarelli (The Light in the Piazza) at the Eastman
School of Music, Gonzalve (L’Heure Espagnole) at the University of Michigan, Lucano
(L’incoronazione di Poppea) at the Eastman School of Music, Beppe (I Pagliacci) at the Fresno
Opera and Orchestra Summer Academy and El Remendado (Carmen) at the Bay View Music
Festival. Most recently, Achilles was a Young Artist at the Brevard Music Festival where he
performed the roles of Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette) and Sam (Cover - Susannah) in the Summer
2019 Season. He has also recently made some exciting debuts in Naples, FL as Gernando (L’Isola
Disabitata) with Opera Naples and in Chicago as Charles / Roderick II (Cover – The Long
Christmas Dinner) with Chicago Fringe Opera and an Ensemble member (Jake Heggie’s Moby
Dick) with Chicago Opera Theater.
Scene highlights include performances as Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte) at the Castleton Festival and
Pang (Turandot), Candide (Candide), and Orombello (Beatrice di Tenda) at “Si parla, si canta” in
Urbania, Italy.
Upcoming Performances include a double bill of Joby Talbot‘s Everest and Rachmaninoff’s Aleko
(Ensemble) with Chicago Opera Theater.

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Upcoming Performances

  • Chicago Opera Theater: "Moby-Dick"
    Thu, Apr 25
    Harris Theater for Music and Dance
    Apr 25, 2019, 7:00 PM – Apr 28, 2019, 11:00 PM
    Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    Chorus Member Music by Jake Heggie Libretto by Gene Scheer
  • Opera Naples: 2019 Resident Artists Program
    Jan 17, 2019, 7:00 PM – Feb 23, 2019, 11:00 PM
    Opera Naples, 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples, FL 34112, USA
    Resident Artist (Tenor)
  • "Si parla, si canta" Holiday Edition
    Dec 28, 2018, 7:00 PM – Jan 12, 2019, 11:00 PM
    Arona, 28041 Arona, Province of Novara, Italy
    The program runs from December 28, 2018 through January 12, 2019 and takes place in Arona, Italy on beautiful Lake Maggiore at the foot of the Swiss Alps
  • The Long Christmas Dinner
    Fri, Nov 16
    Chopin Theatre
    Nov 16, 2018, 8:00 PM
    Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
    Charles / Roderick II (Cover) Performances: 11/16 (8PM), 11/18 (2PM), 11/18 (6PM Cover Run*), 11/25 (3PM), 11/29 (8PM), 12/1 (8PM)
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