SPEECH AND DRAMA
Myria Ioannou is a classically trained Soprano and a Performance Maker. At the young age of fourteen she won the First prize at the Pan - Hellenic competition of Classical singing in Athens, which was organised by UNESCO. She holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied with Opera professors Teresa Cahill and Dr Linda Hirst. She holds a Master of Arts in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she studied under the guidance of Dr Anna Furse and Graeme Miller.
She has performed the Operatic roles of Controller;Flight; Zerlina;Don Giovanni; Second woman;Dido and Aeneas and the Musical theatre roles of Maria from West Side Story, the role of Maria from The Sound of Music. She also performed repertory from George George Gershwin's Musical An American Girl in Paris. As a concert soloist she sung leading roles from La Bohème, Turandot, Gianni Schicchi, La Traviata, Falstaff, Rigoletto, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Giulio Cesare, Hercules (HWV 60), L'enfant prodigue, The turn of the screw and Siren Song. Ioannou has sung a wide repertory of Art songs by Schubert, Schuman, Brahms, Alban Berg, Faure, Debussy, Quilter, Britten Jonathan Dove and Hugo Wolf. She held solo recitals in London and she has been featured as a soloist in Music venues in the United Kingdom.
She has taken part in educational projects in the United Kingdom, which encouraged and inspired children to get involved with Music and she collaborated with professional musicians and young students for the composition of Soundtrack Music for the National Martime Museum.
In London, Ioannou searched for new ways of combining her knowledge of the Classical singing repertoire with other performing arts by collaborating with performers, actors, dancers, directors, writers, composers and live artists. With her return to Cyprus she introduced repertory of four British composers to the Classical music audience in Nicosia by organizing two recitals for voice and piano. The first recital was of the Baroque repertory with the title “Sweeter than Roses” with music of Henry Purcell at the Casteliotissa Medieval Hall and the second recital was of the 20th and 21st century classical repertory entitled “20th and 21st Century Art songs” with music of Joanathan Dove, Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter at the Zampelas Art Museum. In May 2019 Myria Ioannou performed Hugo Wolf’s song settings of poems by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe at the Garage Art Space and she also performed at the opening ceremony of the European Accounting Association conference at Curium Amphitheater, which was organized by the University of Cyprus with an audience from more than 50 countries worldwide.
Myria Ioannou has worked as a singing performance educator in the United Kingdom and in Cyprus. From 2017 - 2019 Ioannou was the founder and the Head of a Musical theatre department at a Music school in Nicosia.
In September 2019, Ioannou participated in "Χίλιες Γέννες"' by MITRA Dance theatre company at PALLAS Theatre in Nicosia, a performance of classical singing and contemporary dance.
In 2019, Ioannou founded her own Performing Arts School, Creative Performers: Sing, Act, Dance.
Styliana Aristidou was born in Nicosia and at the age of 5 began classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance lessons.
She graduated from the Professional School of Dance "Anna Petrova" with a degree in Choreography and Dance teaching.
From 2004 to 2007 she worked at the Hilton Summer School as a Head of the school and a dance teacher.
She taught dance at the Shakallis Dance school.
She has performed at the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform, at the Summer Dance Festival and in the Musicals "Two Producers", "Gentlemen prefer Blondes" and "Thumbelina". She took part in the THOC Awards in 2012.
From 2012 to 2015 Styliana taught Zumba at the Strovolos Municipal School and also from 2016-2022 she taught Ballet.
In 2017 she worked as a Head of the summer school and a Dance/Zumba teacher at the Privilege Kindergarten.
In 2018 she worked as the Head of the Bank of Cyprus Dance Summer School.
In 2022 Aristidou founded her own dance school for Ballet and Contemporary dance, the On pointe studio by Styliana Aristidou.
She collaborated with successful Directors and Dancers as a Choreographer and a Dancer.