STARS AND STRIPES

STARS AND STRIPES

With long and rich history behind, Opera and Ballet Theater is heading to an even brighter future. And as in any theater, its success heavily depends on its stars. Here are some of the brightest opera singers and ballet dancers one can meet on stage in Yerevan.

Photo: Tigran Arakelyan

 

 

SYUZANNA PIRUMYAN

 

Honored Artist of Armenia. Pirumyan has been the leading ballet dancer at the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre after A. Spendiaryan since 2001.

In 2012 at the “Evening of Young Choreographers” Syuzanna Pirumyan presented contemporary ballet pieces –“Still Loving You” and “Moon Sonata”. Throughout her artistic activity she has collaborated with the choreographers Maxim Martirosyan (People’s Artist of Russia), Yuri Grigorovich (People’s Artist of Russia), Roudolf Kharatyan (People’s Artist of Armenia), Vilen Galstyan (People’s Artist of Armenia), Hovhannes Divanyan (People’s Artist of Armenia) and Armen Grigoryan (Honored Artist of Armenia). Pirumyan performed in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Egypt, Turkey, Dubai, Syria, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, etc.

 

Repertoire

A. Adan “Giselle” (Giselle)

L. Minkus “Don Quixote” (Kitri, Fairy, Street Dancer)

A. Khachaturian “Spartacus” (Frigia)

A. Khachaturian “Gayane” (Gayane)

S. Prokofiev “Romeo & Julietta” (Julietta)

G. Bizet - R. Schedrin “Carmen-Suite” (Carmen)

E. Hovhannisyan “Vardanank” (Shushanik)

F. Chopin “Chopiniana”

“Tango”, music by “Gotan” project

G. Pergolesi “Stabat Mater” (Saint Mariam)

M. Mavisakalyan, L. Tchgnavoryan “Saint Hripsime & Trdat” (Hripsime)

C. Pugni “Korsar” (Pas de Deux)

A. Vivaldi “La Primavera” (Spring)

 

 

 

MARY HOVHANNISYAN

 

Honored Artist of Armenia, entered A. Spendiarian Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre in 2003 as a soloist and danced the main role-1st violin in the ballet “Eternity” based on the music of “Concert for the Violin” by A.Khachaturian. After graduating the college has been a leading soloist at the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre after A. Spendiaryan. Performed in Russia, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, etc.

 

Repertoire

A. Khachaturian “Gayane” (Nune)

L. Minkus “Don Quixote” (Kitri)

A. Adan “Giselle” (Giselle)

G. Bizet - R. Schedrin “Carmen-Suite” (Carmen)

P. Tchaikovsky “The Nutcracker” (Masha, Pa de Deux)

“Tango”, music by Gotan project

A. Khachaturian “Spartacus” (Aegina)

 

 

 

HOVHANNES AYVAZYAN

 

Since his 2010 stage Debut, Hovhannes Ayvazyan has frequently performed at various venues including Opera Belcanto of South Simcoe in Toronto, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Tatar State Opera in Kazan, Big Hall of the Moscow State Conservatoire, Musikverein Vienna, Novaya Opera and Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, etc.

He has often performed under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev, and had the pleasure to work frequently with such legends as Maria Guleghina, Anna Netrebko, Olga Borodina, Lyudmila Monastirskaya, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Tatyana Serjan, and many others.

Most recent successes included a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the Musikverein in Vienna, a concert at the Geneva’s Victoria Hall, performances at the Yerevan Opera House as Canio, Turiddu, Don Jose, Radames and Pinkerton, as well as many title roles at the Mariinsky Theatre including Don Carlo, Manrico and Cavaradossi. He was on tour with the Berliner Symphoniker under Maestro Lior Shambadal for which he received outstanding reviews.

 

Repertoire

G. Bizet “Carmen” (Don José),

G. Verdi “Aida” (Radames),

G. Verdi “Rigoletto” (the Duke of Mantua)

G. Verdi “La Traviata” (Alfredo),

S. Cammarano “Il Trovatore” (Manrico)

R. Leoncavallo “I Pagliacci” (Canio)

G. Puccini “Madam Butterfly” (Pinkerton)

G. Puccini “Tosca” (Cavaradossi)

P. Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin” (Lensky)

 

 

SEVAK AVETISYAN

 

Honored Artist of Armenia, became a ballet dancer at the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre after A. Spendiaryan in 2004. Since 2005 is a leading dancer.

In 2008 in Sochi, he participated in the 2nd International festival after Yu. Grigorovich and received 2nd prize along with the status of laureate. In 2012 received Movses Khorenatsi medal.

 

Repertoire

A. Adan “Giselle” (Count Albert)

K. Khachaturian “Gayane” (Armen, Karen)

L. Minkus “Don Quixote” (Basil, Espada)

A. Khachaturian “Spartacus” (Spartacus)

E. Hovhannisyan “Vartanank” (Vartan, Ishkhan)

G. Bizet-R. Shchedrin “Carmen-Suite” (Officer)

A. Khachaturian “Masquerade” (Arbenin)

 

 

 

RUBEN MURADYAN

 

Honored Artist of Armenia. Since 2004 has been the leading ballet dancer at the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre after A. Spendiaryan. He was invited to the United States with Moscow’s “Great Theatre” where he played the role of Spartak in “Spartacus”. He has also toured in Spain, Italy, France. In 2013 he has cooperated with Tbilisi’s Z. Pavliashvili National Academic Theatre.

In 2007 participated at Brazil’s Joinville city’s competition where he gained 3rd place and was awarded a bronze medal. In 2008 participated in the 2nd international competition named after Y. Grigorovich in Sochi where he gained first place and a gold medal. In 2010 he was awarded with the “Movses Khorenatsi” medal of the Republic of Armenia.

 

Repertoire

A. Adan “Giselle” (Count Albert)

A. Khachaturian “Gayane” (Jose, Armen)

G. Bizet-R. Shchedrin “Carmen-Suite” (Toreador)

L. Minkus “Don Quixote” (Basil)

F. Chopin “Chopiniana”

E. Hovhannisyan “Vartanank” (Vartan)

A. Khachaturian “Spartacus” (Spartacus)

Liza and Colen’s “Raymonda”, “Swan Lake”, “Shelkunchik”

A. Khachaturian “Masquerade” (Arbenin)

 

 

 

HAYK TIGRANYAN

 

Hayk Tigranyan became a singer at the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre after A. Spendiaryan in 2004.

From 2008 Hayk is the principal soloist of Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater after A.Spendiaryan. Hayk won numerous awards: In 2015 he won the 4th International Competition Jazeps Vitols at the Latvian National Opera theater. In 2013 he was awarded with a diploma by the International Association of Lawyers and psychologists as a devotee of Armenian Music Art. He was honored with a certificate of appreciation from the Minister of Youth and Culture of Nagorno Karabakh N. Aghabalyan, as the best singer in the role of Avo in the opera Artsvaberd. In 2012 he won the 28th world competition called “Spring of April” in the Democratic Republic of South Korea. In 2012 he was honored on national radio for the great record of Korean national music.

Hayk Tigranyan recently performs in Estonia, Libanon, Austria, Italy, Latvia, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, South Korea, Russia with different concert projects.

 

Repertoire

G. Verdi “Aida” (Ramphis, The King of Egypt)

V. Bellini “Norma” (Oroveso)

G. Verdi “Il Trovatore” (Ferrando)

G. Rossini “La Cenerentola” (Alidoro)

G. Puccini “Tosca” (Il Sagrestano)

L. W. Beethoven “Fidelio” (Rocco)

G. Bizet “Carmen” (Zuniga)

W. A. Mozart “Don Giovanni” (Mazetto)

G. Verdi “Rigoletto” (Sparafucile)

P. Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin” (Gremin, Zaretsky)

P. Borodin “Prince Igor” (Polovtsian Khan)

G. Puccini “La Boheme” (Colline)

 

 

 

MARY MOVSISYAN

 

In 2010 received a golden medal and a special prize in the competition of young singers “Darclee” in Romania. In 2011 became a laureate and took the first prize in the classic vocal competition after Tetevik Sazandaryan. Participated in Glinka International Competition (2011) and “Queen Elizabeth” international competition in Belgium (2014).

In 2009-2010 participated in several concerts with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia headed by Sergey Smbatyan. In 2010 participated in the festival “Rising Stars in Kremlin” in Russia. The performance was accompanied by the “Moscow Virtuosi” orchestra headed by conductor Vladimir Spivakov. In 2011 participated in the festival “Moscow meets friends” and received a certificate from the international charity fund after Vladimir Spivakov. Same year took part in the concert for young singers of Armenia in St. John Smith Hall in London.

 

Repertoire

A. Tigranyan “Anush” (Anush)

J. Massenet “Manon” (Manon)

W. A. Mozart “Magic Flute” (Pamina)

G. Bizet “Carmen” (Micaela)

 

 

 

LIPARIT AVETISYAN

 

Born in Yerevan in 1990, from 2008 to 2011, Avetisyan studied with B. Kudryavtsev at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, later transferring to the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan to study with R. Hakobyants. During his studies, Avetisyan won Second Prize in both the Maria Biesu International Singing Competition and the III Muslim Magomaev International Vocalists Contest. At the Armenian National Academic Opera, he has sung Alfredo, Don Jose, and the young Gypsy in Aleko. Avetisyan sang his first performances of Rodolfo, the Duke in Rigoletto, and the Verdi and Mozart Requiems with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra.

Also active on the concert stage in recent years, Avetisyan has appeared at the XXI International Music Festival Stars of the White Nights in Saint Petersburg, Easter Festival in Moscow, Beethoven Fest in Poland, Mustonen Fest in Estonia, and Midem Fest in France. He also performed in benefit concerts dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide with Evgeni Kissin at Carnegie Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore in Washington.

 

Repertoire

A. Tigranyan “Anush” (Saro)

G. Verdi “La Traviata” (Alfredo)

S. Rakhmaninov “Aleko” (Young Gypsy)

G. Bizet “Carmen” (Don Jose)

W. A. Mozart “The Magic Flute” (Tamino)

Tenor parts in the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Dvorjak, “Song of the Land” by G. Mahler, “Christmas Oratorio” by Saint-Saens, “Magnificat” by Bach, operas “La Boheme” by G. Puccini and “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi.

 

 

 

HASMIK TOROSYAN

 

Graduated from the Romanos Melikyan Musical College in 2004 and, later in 2010 the Komitas State Conservatory. Hasmik won several competitions in 2004 and 2006 including Special Prizes in the Republican Competitions after T. Shahnazaryan and T. Sazandaryan. In 2008 she won the First Prize and the Gold Medal in the Republican Competition after G. Gasparyan. In 2009 she won the President’s Prize for Young Singers of Armenia, in 2010 the First Prize in the “Bella Voce” International Music Competition in Moscow, Russia and became the finalist of the 6th Seoul International Music Competition in Seoul, South Korea (2010). In 2011 Hasmik won the First Prize in the “Musica Sacra” International Music Competition in Rome, Italy.

Hasmik Torosyan recently performs in France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Grate Britain, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, South Korea, Russia, Lebanon, Turkey with different concert projects. From 2011 Hasmik is the principal soloist of Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater A.Spendiaryan.

 

Repertoire

W. A. Mozart “Idomeneo” (Ilia)

W. A. Mozart “The Magic Flute” (Queen of the night)

G. Puccini “La Bohème” (Musetta)

G. Puccini “Gianni Schicchi” (Lauretta )

G. Rossini “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (Rosina)

G. Rossini “La cambiale di matrimonio” (Fany)

G. Verdi “La Traviata” (Violetta)

A. Tigranyan “Anush” (Anush)

W. A. Mozart “C-moll Mess”

W. A. Mozart’s “Requiem”

L. Beethoven “Mess C-Dur”

J. Haydn “Nelson Mess”

T. Mansuryan “Requiem”

 

 

 

GEVORG HAKOBYAN

 

Honored Artist of Armenia, baritone Gevorg Hakobyan studied at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan with Maestro Sergey Danielyan. In 2008 he was awarded both the Gold Medal and First Prize at the prestigious First International Pavel Lisitsian Baritone Competition in Moscow, and in 2011 was recognised as a Merited Artist of the Republic of Armenia.

Since 2003, Gevorg has been a soloist with the Yerevan Opera Theater, where he has performed in several productions including “Aleko,” “Arshak II” and “Yolanta,” to name a few.

Gevorg begins the 2017/18 season by performing Tomsky in Pique Dame at Stuttgart Opera before returning to Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Scarpia in “Tosca.” In November 2017 he appeared as Grigory Gryaznoy (“The Tsar’s Bride”) at the Bolshoi theater.

 

Repertoire

P. Tchaikovsky “Iolanta” (Ibn-Hakia)

P. Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin” (Onegin)

T. Chukhajian “Arshak II” (Arshak II)

A. Tigranyan “Davit Bek” (Davit Bek)

G. Puccini “Madam Butterfly” (Sharpless)

G. Puccini “Tosca” (Baron Scarpia)

G. Verdi “Aida” (Amonasro)

G. Verdi “Nabuco” (Nabuco)