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Queen of the castle

Anna Vissi is one of the performers at the concert

If you were to ask who is the biggest export from Cyprus to Greece in the music industry, most people would probably answer Anna Vissi.

The singer from Larnaca has been wowing audiences all over the world since 1973, and even as she approaches her 60s she still puts many younger performers to shame.

Performing at the Mediaeval Paphos Castle on Sunday, Vissi will once again do us proud by reminding us of the good old days with songs like ‘Dodeka’ (Twelve).

After studying music at conservatories and performing locally, Vissi took off for Greece in 1973, where she signed with recording studio Minos and started working with other musicians. She really got her foot in the door in 1977 when she won first prize at the Thessaloniki Song Festival.

The new decade brought with it an almost exclusive collaboration with songwriter Nikos Karvelas, whom she married in 1983.

She has also hosted her own television show in Greece, worked in the theatre in the first Greek rock opera Daimones (Demons), and has represented Greece and Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest.

But, above all, Vissi is a high-calibre singer and show-woman, who will be the queen of the Mediaeval Paphos Castle on Sunday night.

Anna Vissi
Live performance by the Greek singer. August 14. Mediaeval Paphos Castle. 9pm. €30/25/15. Tickets from:

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