Konstantinos ‘Dino’ Yannopoulos

Stage director

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.

More Scene

  • Carter Hudson, John Singleton, Angela LewisFX's

    John Singleton on Disney-Fox Deal: 'You Gotta Let FX Be What It Is'

    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 […]

  • Kevin Durant Lindsey Vonn

    Kevin Durant, Lindsey Vonn to Keynote Variety's Sports & Entertainment Breakfast

    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 […]

  • Cher and Meryl Streep'Mamma Mia! Here

    How the Cast of 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Geeked Out Around Cher

    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 […]

  • Demi MooreComedy Central's Roast of Bruce

    Demi Moore Appears as Surprise Guest at Bruce Willis' Comedy Central Roast

    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 […]

  • Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call

    Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call to Action on Opening Night

    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 […]

  • Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org

    Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org Got Your 6

    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 […]

  • Tiffany HaddishTiffany Haddish at the Hollywood

    Tiffany Haddish on Future Career Plans, Taking Advice From Tyler Perry, Melissa McCarthy

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content