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Opera singer Demetra George joins Putnam City Schools' wall of fame

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm •  Published: April 25, 2013

Opera singer Demetra George will return to the Oklahoma City stage on Thursday for a performance entitled “She's ALL That … An Evening With Debbie.”

George, whose name was Debbie Giannopoulos when she was growing up in Oklahoma, will perform at the Putnam City Schools Foundation banquet, where she will be named 2013 Wall of Fame honoree in a ceremony at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

The singer also visited schools in the Putnam City district this week to work with music, dance and drama students.

George graduated from Putnam City High in 1970 and Oklahoma City University in 1974. The former Miss Oklahoma has had numerous roles on Broadway and performed with more than 150 symphony orchestras.

When not performing, she is a private voice professor who has sent 14 of her students to Broadway. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey, and Los Angeles.

The mother of two is married to businessman and community leader Mike M. Mustafoglu. He is the founder of TransGlobal Financial, a Los Angeles private equity firm investing in energy companies.

Tickets for the banquet cost $110 per person, which includes a VIP reception, concert and dinner. For more information, contact the Putnam City Schools Foundation at 495-5200, Ext. 1205.

Past Putnam City Schools Foundation Wall of Fame honorees include football great Steve Largent, country music artist Bryan White, actor James Marsden, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, forensic scientist Rhonda Roby and orthopedic surgeon Carlan Yates.