Canadian-Armenian bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian is a current ensemble member of the Canadian Opera Company. While still a student, he made his professional debut with the Opéra de Montréal performing the role of Sparafucile (Rigoletto).
During the 2021–2022 season, Gabrielian will be performing with the Canadian Opera Company (COC) in the role of Betto (Gianni Schicchi), as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, and will also appear in concert and in recital with the COC Orchestra. His other roles will be announced in conjunction with the COC’s season reveal. Gabrielian made his debut performing the role of Death in a filmed production of Gustav Holst’s Savitri with Against the Grain Theatre.
His busy 2018/2019 season included undertaking the title role of Sweeney Todd with the Curtis Opera Theatre and debuted the roles of Leporello and Commendatore in the Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theatre production of Don Giovanni. As 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 Institute in performances of Ariodante (King), La Bohème (Colline), Rigoletto (Sparafucile), Die Zauberflote (Sarastro) and more.
A graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice and Master’s Degree of Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Marlena Malas and Armen Boyajian.
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 Foundation, and he was a Grand Finalist in the 2018 COC Ensemble competition.
He is also a recipient of the prestigious inaugural 2019 Gerda Lissner IVC Award.
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