Maria Farandouri is a well respected singer, and well known through her relationship with Greek music icon, Mikis Theodorakis. In her prime, Maria was touted as the 'Joan Biaz' of the Mediterranean by 'Le Monde' and Mikis Theodorakis himself, who discovered Maria at the age of 16, announced 'You will become my Priestess', which she did become, and has since then has made her name synonymous with his over the years. Maria Farandouris' contralto voice is warm and evocative, in her later years, she has lost none of this warmth, which made the concert at the Garden Theatre in Vathy, a real pleasure to listen to. Maria Farandouri was forced into exile in 1967 with the Junta and returned to Greece in 1974.
She became a symbol of resistance and democracy through the hundreds of concerts she gave with songs by Mikis Theodorakis and to this day, her iconic status remains untouched.