Hope Christopoulos Mihalap Cruise Industry Speaker Notable Death – Hope Christopoulos Mihalap, age 84, from Norfolk, Virginia died on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
For years, Mihalap went around Norfolk, and even across the country and on luxury cruises, as a member of the National Speakers Association sharing personal stories.
Mrs. Mihalap was a national award-winning humorous speaker and writer, having spoken in all fifty states and also in Europe, Canada, Russia and Australia. She was also a popular lecturer on cruise lines, which widened her travels to include European and Asian countries.
As a writer, she was a columnist and feature writer for the Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, as well as a radio host on public radio station WHRO-FM.
An honor graduate of Vassar College, she worked later as private secretary to Sir Rudolf Bing, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as for opera impresario Boris Goldovsky, head of the New England Opera Theater.
Her reputation as the “opera lady” grew from her participation, as a founding board member of the Virginia Opera and a current board member of Lyric Opera Virginia, in numerous public relations appearances for both organizations, as well as for several one-woman shows performed on the stage of the Harrison Opera House.
A member of Norfolk’s Greek-American community, she sang in the choir at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk and also did humorous presentations not only for that church but also for Greek churches throughout the United States and Australia.