Franco-Armenian mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Siébel (Faust).
Abrahamyan grew up in a family of musicians and studied at the Conservatory of Yerevan. She has a strong association with Paris Opera, where she has sung Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Lydia Tchoukovskaïa (Mantovani’s Akhmatova), Carmen and Olga (Eugene Onegin). Her other appearances include Fenena (Nabucco), Adalgisa (Norma) and Dalila (Samson et Dalilia) for the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Arsace (Semiramide, in concert) for Opéra de Marseille, Bradamante (Alcina) for Zürich Opera and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, Malcolm (La donna del lago) for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Ascanio (Benvenuto Cellini) for Rome Opera, Isabella for the Liceu, Barcelona, Polinesso (Ariodante) for Canadian Opera Company and Carmen for the Bolshoi Theatre, Zürich Opera, Ópera de Oviedo, Opera Hong Kong, Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Hamburg State Opera.
Abrahamyan’s concert appearances include Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre de Paris and Myung-Whun Chung, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestra Nazionale dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Nicola Luisotti and at the Paris Philharmonie with Jésus Lopez-Cobos, Dvorák’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Jakub Hrusa, Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Cecilia Bartoli in Martigny and Lugano.