Varduhi Abrahamyan
Mezzo-soprano

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Born in a family of musicians, Varduhi Abrahamyan completed her studies at the Conservatories of Yerevan and Marseille.
Recently she performed Benvenuto Cellini at Opera di Roma, Dalila (Samson et Dalila) at Palau de les Arts in Valencia (where she had debuted in 2015 with Norma and Nabucco) under the baton of both Roberto Abbado and Plácido Domingo, Carmen at the Bolshoi in Moscow and at the Hamburg State Opera, Semiramide at the Marseille Opera and at the Tchaikowsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
On the concert podium, she sang the Verdi's Requiem with Myung-Whun Chung at the Festival de Saint-Denis with Orchestre de Paris, Rossini's Stabat Mater at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the conduction of Nicola Luisotti and at the Philharmonie de Paris with Jesús López Cobos, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Cecilia Bartoli in Martigny and Lugano, the Wesendonck-Lieder at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater at the Festival de Saint-Denis with Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France conducted by Jakub Hruša.
In the past seasons, she sang at the Paris Opera Isabella (L'italiana in Algeri), Ottone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Pauline (Pique Dame), and Maddalena (Rigoletto) under the conduction of Daniel Oren. Moreover, she performed the role of Lydia Tchoukovskaïa for the premiere of Bruno Mantovani’s opera Akhmatova. Further highlights in her career include the roles of Malcolm (La Donna del Lago) at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Carmen in Toulon, Néris (Cherubini’s Médée) and Rinaldo at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. She also played Arsace (Semiramide) at the Montpellier Opera, Nerestano (Bellini’s Zaïra) at the Montpellier Festival and for Radio France, Pauline (Pique Dame) at the Capitole in Toulouse, and Bersi (Andrea Chénier) with Pinchas Steinberg.
Other engagements included Rinaldo at the Glyndebourne Festival, Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo at the Théâtre du Châtelet conducted by Marc Minkowski, Orphée et Eurydice in Versailles, Marseille and Saint-Etienne, and Polinesso (Ariodante) at Geneva’s Grand-Théâtre. With Cecilia Bartoli she sang Bradamante (Alcina) at the Zurich Opera.
Her future plans include Carmen in Palermo, Ariodante and Eugene Onegin in Toronto, Alcina in Zurich and at the Champs Elysées, La donna del lago at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Carmen and Eugene Onegin at the Paris Opera, as well as concerts with Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome.

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