Arleta (musician)

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Birth name Argyro-Nicoleta Tsapra
Born (1945-03-03)3 March 1945
Athens, Greece
Died 8 August 2017(2017-08-08) (aged 72)
Athens, Greece
Genres Greek New Wave, éntekhno
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, author, illustrator
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1960–2017
Labels Lyra, CBS, Columbia, Portrait, Ακτή, Legend

Arleta (Greek: Αρλέτα; 3 May 1945 – 8 August 2017; born Argyro-Nicoleta Tsapra, Αργυρώ-Νικολέτα Τσάπρα) was a Greek musician, author and book illustrator.


Arleta was born in Athens on 3 March 1945[1] and studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts.[2]

She published her first album of her own creation (Ένα Καπέλο με Τραγούδια, A Hat with Songs) in 1960 and became one of the leading figures of the Greek New Wave during the 1960s.[1] At the beginning of her career she worked with many well-known Greek composers like Giannis Spanos, Manos Hatzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis.[2][3] Her first great successes came with songs whose music was written by Lakis Papadopoulos and lyrics by Marianina Kriezi.[1] She performed with great success in the Athens boîte scene. In 1997 she published a book, Από πού πάνε για την Άνοιξη (How to Get to Spring), which was based on her songwriting and included her own illustrations.[2]

On 11 February 2008, just a few minutes before a planned performance at Volos, Arleta suffered a stroke, which left her in hospital for six months and partly paralysed her for a year.[2][4] with recovery after a lengthy hospitalization and year of rehabilitation.[5] In January 2017, she suffered another stroke and remained in hospital, where she passed away on 8 August 2017, aged 72.[2]


  • Τραγουδά η Αρλέτα (Arleta sings) (Lyra, 1966)
  • Αρλέτα Νο. 2 (Arleta No. 2) (Lyra, 1967)
  • Στο Ρυθμό του Αγέρα (In the Rhythm of the Wind) (Lyra, 1968)
  • 12+1 Τραγούδια του Μάνου Χατζιδάκι (12+1 Songs of Manos Hatzidakis) (Lyra, 1969)
  • Έξη Μέρες (Six Days) (Lyra, 1970)
  • Ταξιδεύοντας (Travelling) (Lyra, 1976)
  • Romancero Gitano (Lyra, 1978)
  • Ένα Καπέλο με Τραγούδια (A Hat with Songs) (Lyra, 1981)
  • Περίπου (Almost) (Lyra, 1984)
  • Τσάι Γιασεμιού (Jasmine Tea) (CBS, 1985)
  • Ζητάτε Να Σας Πω (You Ask Me to Say to You) (CBS, 1987)
  • Δέκα και μία νύχτες (Ten and One Nights) (CBS, 1989)
  • Εκτός Έδρας (Away) (CBS, 1989)
  • Άσε τα Κρυφά Κρυμμένα (Let secrets remain hidden) (Columbia, 1991)
  • Μετά Τιμής (With Honour) (Portrait, 1993)
  • Έμπορος Ονείρων (Trader of Dreams) (Ακτή, 1995)
  • Και Πάλι Χαίρετε (Hello to You Again) (Legend, 2009)
  • Demo (Lyra, 2010)


  • 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)

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