Canadian-Armenian bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian is a rising young talent based in Philadelphia, PA. Hailing from Toronto, he attends the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Marlena Kleinman Malas, and Armen Boyajian in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance.
Gabrielian is a 2017 Career Bridges Grant winner and a 2016 Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Encouragement Award winner. Recent engagements include a return to the Chautauqua Summer Voice Program as a guest artist performing Schubert’s final song cycle, Schwanengesang, with with Metropolitan Opera Lindeman Young Artist pianist Nathan Raskin. This was preceded by his performance as a guest artist in the annual Opera Index Spring Luncheon Gala in New York City. In 2018 he will make his professional debut singing Sparafucile in Opéra de Montréal’s production of Rigoletto.
For the Curtis Institute 2017/2018 season, Gabrielian will perform as Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Doc in Bernstein's A Quiet Place.
A veteran of the Chautauqua Summer Voice Program, Gabrielian has been a member of the student roster from 2013-2016. In the summer of 2016, he filled the roles of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. In prior seasons, Gabrielian performed as Colline in La Boheme, Il Re in Ariodante and Masetto in Don Giovanni.
For the 2016 Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, Gabrielian performed the titular role in Rachmaninoff’s youthful triumph, Aleko. In the prior season he performed the role of Prince Gudal in Rubenstein’s The Demon.
Gabrielian was encouraged to enroll into formal voice training after his talent was discovered in his early teens by Bishop Meghrig Parikian at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church. Through the tutelage of Dr. Robert Loewen, he began voice lessons at age fourteen and went on to enroll as a member of the Young Artist Performance Academy of the Glenn Gould School housed by the Royal Conservatory of Music.
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