Canadian-Armenian bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian is a rising young talent based in
Philadelphia, PA. An exciting 2018/2019 season included his professional Canadian
debut with Opéra de Montreal performing the role of Sparafucile (Rigoletto) and
undertaking the titular role of Sweeney Todd with the Curtis Opera Theatre. He most
recently debuted the roles of Leporello and Commendatore in the Opera
Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theatre production of Don Giovanni and continues his
long standing tenure with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, as Colline in
performances of La Boheme.
Gabrielian is a recipient of awards from numerous organizations including the
Metropolitan Opera National Council, Career Bridges Schuyler Foundation,
Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, George London, and
was a Grand Finalist in the 2018 COC Ensemble competition. He is a recipient of the
prestigious inaugural 2019 Gerda Lissner IVC Award.
A 2018 member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Gabrielian covered the
Roles of Bonze (Madame Butterfly) and Leslie Groves (Doctor Atomic) in addition to
featured apprentice scenes from Rigoletto and Grapes of Wrath. In prior seasons, he
has been featured at the Chautauqua Institution as Il Re (Ariodante), Colline (La Boheme), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Sarastro (Die Zauberflote) and
Gabrielian will join the Canadian Opera Company roster as a member of their
2019/2020 Studio Ensemble. A recent graduate of the prestigious Curtis institute of
Music, he is a recipient of a Bachelor's Degree of Voice and Master’s Degree of Vocal
Performance under the tutelage of Marlena Malas and Armen Boyajian.
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