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 Metropolitan Opera National Council Encouragement Award winner, 2017 Career Bridges Grant winner and a 2016 Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Encouragement Award winner. Recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation Competition scholarship.
Recent engagements included his return to the Chautauqua Summer Voice Program as a guest artist performing Schubert’s final song cycle, Schwanengesang, which he also performed in its entirety with pianist Mikael Eliasen at the Curtis Institute of Music in February. For the Curtis Institute 2017/2018 season, Gabrielian was seen as Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Doc in Bernstein's A Quiet Place. Gabrielian made his New Jersey State Opera debut in 2017 appearing in the role of Sparafucile (Rigoletto).
This summer, Gabrielian will be covering the roles of The Bonze (Madame Butterfly) and Gen. Leslie Groves (Doctor Atomic) with Santa Fe Opera as part of their apprenticeship program.
The year 2018 marks his professional operatic debut singing Sparafucile in Opéra de Montréal’s production of Rigoletto.
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.(Toronto)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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