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Soon after her dazzling débuts with the Caramoor International Music Festival as Gluck’s Orfeo and as soloist at the Washington’s Kennedy Center with Bobby McFerrin, Victoria Avetisyan was honored with Caramoor’s Young Vocal Artist of the Year award.
A native of Yerevan, Armenia, Avetisyan completed her academic training at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia, graduating with a master’s degree in vocal performance. She began her singing career as a principal artist at the National Opera Theater of Armenia, where she sang numerous roles including Paranzem and Shousha in Choukhajian’s operasArshak II and Karine; the mother’s role in Armen Tigranian’s beloved operaAnoush; Azucena and Emilia in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Otello, respectively; and Rossini’s Cenerentola and Rosina.
Ms. Avetisyan was selected to join Boston University’s internationally recognized Opera Institute where she received her Artist’s Diploma.
Ms. Avetisyan returned to Caramoor to sing Fedora in the highly touted world premiere of Donizetti’s Élisabeth. The versatile mezzo made her company début with the Boston Lyric Opera as Princess Sophia Korchagin in the Boston premiere of Tod Machover’s Resurrection, followed by her Boston Symphony Hall début as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem.
2011-2012 highlights include solo performances in Merkin Hall ( New York), Chopin Symposium at Rivers School Conservatory (Weston,MA),Dvorak's Stabat Mater in Sanders Theater ,Franz Liszt Composers Anniversary Celebration at Jordan Hall( Boston MA),solo concert in Carnegie Hall(New York),"Soire Bel Canto" Montreal,Canada,and "Salute to Armenia"in Rhode Island.
For the 2009-2010 season Ms.Avetisyan's performances include Podtochina in D.Shostakovich's The Nose ,and Isaura in Rossini's Tancredi with Opera Boston, solo performances with the Beth El Orchestra and Chopin Gala at Jordan Hall(Boston).
In the 2007-2008 season, Ms. Avetisyan began with solo performances in Zoltan Kodaly’s Te Deum and Croation Mass by Igor Kuljerik (U.S. premiere) with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and the Release of a CD album,Trchei Mtkcov Tuon, with her husband, tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan. In September 2008, she was soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and, in November, she was presented the Key to the City of Worcester by the Honorable Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes.
Other recent engagements have included recital and concert performances as guest soloist on both coasts: début appearance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as alto soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Handel’s Messiah; as soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Eugene Concert Choir; Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Boston Landmarks Orchestra; and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Masterworks Chorale.
Ms. Avetisyan’s other operatic roles include: Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen; Fenema in Verdi’s Nabucco; Armelinde in Viardot’s La Cendrillon; Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi; Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; and Ursula in Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz.
A recipient of numerous distinctions, Victoria Avetisyan was the winner of the Andrew & Anne Pinto Award at Connecticut’s Opera Guild Scholarship Competition. She has also earned the Gerda Lissner Foundation Award and second prize in the Liederkranz Vocal Competition. Other awards include the 2003 Festival Marjorie Carr Adams Young Vocal Artist Award; Second Prize winner of the 2002 Queens Opera Vocal Competition; and she was a regional finalist at The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Her radio and television appearances include Armenian National Television, Armenian National Radio, and WGBH classical radio.