Yannis FIlias was born in Athens, Greece. He studied piano, dance, classical singing and acting in Athens. He also studied operatic repertory with Marta Arapis (Athens) and Hugo Weller (Paris). After graduating from the University of Athens (Faculty of Music Studies), he has performed as a soloist, collaborating with music and theatre companies such as Greek National Opera, Greek Composers Union, Theater of Art, National Radio Television of Greece, the Orchestra of Colours and Armonia Atenea. He appeared in Thessaloniki, Kiev, Salzburg, Brussels, Barcelona, St. Louis (Missouri) and Cyprus, interpreting a variety of roles, including Lucano (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Oronte (Alcina), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Paris (La Belle Hélène), Phaon in Gounod’s Sapho, Daphnis in Büsser’s Daphnis et Chloé, Er in Hartmann’s Wachsfigurenkabinett, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), the Teacher (The Cunning Little Vixen), Narrator (Histoire du Soldat), Romain in Weill’s Der Zar lässt sich photographieren, Narr in Krenek’s Das geheime Königreich and the Visitor in Glass’s In the Penal Colony.