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Varduhi Abrahamyan
Mezzo-soprano

© J Henry Fair

Varduhi Abrahamyan was born into a family of musicians and studied at the Yerevan Conservatory. She has appeared in numerous productions at the Paris Opera including L’Italiana in Algeri (Isabella), L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Ottone), Giulio Cesare (Cornelia), The Queen of Spades (Pauline), Rigoletto (Maddalena), Eugene Onegin (Olga), Falstaff (Mrs Quickly), Un ballo in maschera (Ulrica), the title role in Carmen and in the world premiere production of Bruno Mantovani’s Akhmatova (Lydia Tchoukovskaia). Her repertoire of roles also includes Malcolm (La Donna del lago) at the Theater an der Wien, the title role in Carmen in Toulon, Néris (Cherubini’s Médée) at the Théâtre des Champs‑Élysées, Arsace (Semiramide) at the Montpellier Opera, Nerestano (Bellini’s Zaira) at the Radio-France Festival in Montpellier, Pauline (The Queen of Spades) and Bersi (Andrea Chénier) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, L’Amour sorcier at the Théâtre du Châtelet with Marc Minkowski conducting, Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) at Versailles, Marseille and Saint-Etienne, Polinesso (Ariodante) at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, and Bradamante (Alcina) in Zurich alongside Cecilia Bartoli. More recently she sang the roles of Ascanio (Benvenuto Cellini) at the Rome Opera, Dalila (Samson et Dalila) at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia (where she made her debut in 2015 in Norma and Nabucco), Carmen at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Palermo’s Teatro Massimo and in Atlanta and Hong-Kong; Arsace at the Marseille Opera and at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Polinesso (Ariodante) in Toronto, La Donna del lago (Malcolm) at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, and Bradamante at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. This season, she performed in Eugene Onegin at the Canadian Opera Company, La Donna del lago in concert at the Marseille Opera, and Carmen in Oviedo. She also made her debut appearance at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in L’Italiana in Algeri and sang the role of Eboli in Don Carlo in Las Palmas. Varduhi Abrahamyan also performs in concert (Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Dvořák’s and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder) under the direction of Myung‑Whun Chung, Nicola Luisotti, Jesús Lopez‑Cobos, and Jakub Hruša.

Projects:
Arsace at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, Carmen at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Zurich Opera.