Armenian bass Tigran Martirossian made his Royal Opera debut in the 2004–5 Season as Abimelech (Samson et Dalila). In the 2018-19 season he returns as Surin in The Queen of Spades.
Martirossian was born in Yerevan and studied physics before commencing vocal studies at Moscow’s Gnessin Academy. While still a student he was engaged by Moscow’s Novaya Opera. He subsequently became a soloist with Moscow’s Bolshoi Opera. Since 2005 he has been a member of Hamburg State Opera, where he has portrayed more than 40 characters in more than 400 performances. His roles have included Méphistophélès (Faust) Philip II (Don Carlos), Oroveso (Norma), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Selim (Il turco in Italia), Colline (La bohème), Galitsky (Prince Igor), Swallow (Peter Grimes), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Jacopo Fiesco (Simone Boccanegra) and Dosifey (Khovanshchina). Elsewhere international appearances include Philip II (Don Carlos) at the Bavarian State Opera under Zubin Mehta, Colline (La bohème) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Ramfis (Aida) for Bregenz Festival. He performed under conductors including Michael Tilson-Thomas, James Levine, Simone Young and Colin Davis with whom he made a Grammy-winning recording of Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Concert appearances include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Washington under Domingo, music by Shostakovich with the London Symphony Orchestra and Rostropovich, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Le Rossignol in San Francisco, and Oedipus Rex with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Saraste, as well as the world premiere of a setting of the Armenian Divine Liturgy in Boston.