Armenian tenor Arsen Soghomonyan makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Don José (Carmen).
Soghomonyan was born in Yerevan. He studied at the Barkhudaryan Music School and at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. He initially trained as a baritone, and sang many leading baritone roles with the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. He went on to become principal baritone with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre in Moscow, where his roles included Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Prince Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades) and Napoleon (War and Peace). He also sang as a guest artist at the Bolshoi Theatre. In 2017 he made his tenor debut as Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca) with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Opera Theatre. Roles in his developing tenor repertory include Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera), Don Alvaro (La forza del destino), Radames (Aida), Gherman (The Queen of Spades), Canio (Pagliacci) and Otello.
Soghomonyan was awarded the State Prize of Armenia by the President of the Republic of Armenia in 2006; other awards include First Prize at the Pavel Lisitsian International Competition (where he also received the Special Prize from the Lisitsian Family), and prizes at the Romansiada International Competition in Moscow, the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition in Warsaw and the UNISA International Singing Competition in South Africa.