Biography

Arleta was born in Athens in 1945. Her real name is Ariadne Nicoleta Tsapra (in Greek: Αριάδνη Νικολέτα Τσάπρα). She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. She published her first album of her own creation (Ένα Καπέλο με Τραγούδια, A hat with songs) in 1960. In the beginning of her career she worked with many well-known Greek composers like Giannis Spanos, Manos Hatzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. Her first great successes came with songs whose music was written by Lakis Papadopoulos and lyrics by Marianina Kriezi. She also performed with great success in the Athens boîte scene.

Arleta is also an author and illustrator. In 1997 her book Από πού πάνε για την Άνοιξη (Whereto does one go to get to Spring), a book that includes her own illustrations.

In February 11, 2008, just a few minutes before a planned performance at Volos, Arleta suffered a stroke. She underwent surgery remaining at critical but stable condition from which she managed to recover, having remained though in hospital for 6 months and partly paralysed, unable to stand, for one year.

Discography
Τραγουδά η Αρλέτα (Lyra, 1966) - Arleta sings
Αρλέτα Νο2 (Lyra, 1967) - Arleta No.2
Στο Ρυθμό του Αγέρα (Lyra, 1968) - In the rhythm of the wind
12+1 Τραγούδια του Μάνου Χατζιδάκι (Lyra, 1969) - 12+1 Songs of Manos Hatzidakis
Έξη Μέρες (Lyra, 1970) - Six Days
Ταξιδεύοντας (Lyra, 1976) - Travelling
Romancero Gitano (Lyra, 1978)
Ένα Καπέλο με Τραγούδια (Lyra, 1981) - A hat with songs
Περίπου (Lyra, 1984) - Almost
Τσάι Γιασεμιού (CBS, 1985) - Jasmine Tee
Ζητάτε Να Σας Πω (CBS, 1987) - You ask me to say to you
Δέκα και μία νύχτες (CBS, 1989) - Ten and one nights
Εκτός Έδρας (CBS, 1989) - Away
Άσε τα Κρυφά Κρυμμένα (Columbia, 1991) - Let secrets remain hidden
Μετά Τιμής (Portrait, 1993) - With Honour
Έμπορος Ονείρων (Ακτή, 1995) - Trader of Dreams
Και Πάλι Χαίρετε (Legend, 2009) - Hello to You again
Demo (Lyra, 2010)

Illustrations
Bertolt Brecht «Ο Μπαρμπα-Έντε» (Uncle Eddie’s Moustache) – Children’s Book (Οδυσσέας Editions, 1979; in Greek)
Vladimir Mayakovsky «Το Αλογάκι-Φωτιά» (The Fire Horse) – Children’s Book (Οδυσσέας Editions, 1986; in Greek)

Edited by teleias on 11 Oct 2014, 19:32

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