Konstantinos “Dino” Yannopoulos, a prominent stage director for the Metropolitan Opera and opera companies and schools around the world, died April 6 in Philadelphia. He was 83.
During a 50-year career, he served as director of The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia from 1977 to 1987 and artistic director from 1987 to 1989.
Yannopoulos was principal director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1945 to 1977. He was also head of the opera department of the Curtis Institute, artistic director of the Vancouver International Festival and director of the Cincinnati Summer Opera.
A native of Athens, Greece, he was educated in Vienna and Leipzig and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. When Germany invaded Greece during World War II, he hid in the mountains and became a guerrilla fighter.
He founded the Athens Music Festival in 1955 and the Corfu International Festival in 1980 to bring the world’s most accomplished stage and musical artists to Greece for performances of symphonies, dance, drama and opera.
He notable productions at the Met include Massenet’s “Manon,” featuring Victoria de los Angeles in the title role, in 1951 and the Met’s 300th performance of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” in 1952, featuring Jussi Bjoerling. He was especially proud of a production of Puccini’s “Tosca” in Athens, with Maria Callas in the title role.
He is survived by his wife, the former soprano Marguerite Willauer of Philadelphia; a son, a daughter, a stepdaughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.