Vazgen Gazaryan


Vazgen Gazaryan
Opera singer bass
Vazgen Gazaryan was born in Armenia and studied singing and percussion at the State Conservatory of Yerevan. During his studies he became soloist at the State Opera House of Armenia. In 2008 he was a finalist in the Eleanor McCollum Competition of the Houston Grand Opera. In 2010, he was awarded the Aurio Tomicich Prize as Best Bass at the Viotti Competition in Italy. He also was selected for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011 final recitals. Vazgen Gazaryan gave his opera debut in 2004/05 with Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the opera studio of the State Conservatory of Yerevan. In 2005 he was soloist at the State Opera of Armenia, where he sang Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and Rene and Bertrand (Tchaikovsky: Iolanta) among others. In 2008 he guested as Samuel (Un ballo in maschera) at Oper Bonn, and he appeared as Vodnik in Dvorak’s Rusalka at the Mikhailovski Theater in St. Petersburg. He also sang in Philip Glass’s Waiting for the Barbarians at the Barbican Hall London, and he appeared as Ramphis (Aida) at the Opera Classica Festival, where he had already appeared as Zaccaria (Nabucco) one year before. At the Stresa Festival as well as at the Teatro Carlo Felice Genua he could be heard as Sarastro in 2006. Other guest appearances led him to Theater Chemnitz (Capitano/Manon Lescaut) and to the Theatre of Craiova (Ramphis). Since 2007/08 he has been a member of the ensemble at the Theater Erfurt, where in his first season he has been singing Basilio, Dottore (La traviata), Sagrestano (Tosca), Herr Reich (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Surin (The Queen of Spades), Crespel (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Titurel (Parsifal), Le Bailli (Werther) and Samuel (Un ballo in maschera). In 2009, Theater Erfurt offered him the title role in Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele. He made a solo concert of Russian romances in 2010 singing ‘The songs and dances of death’ by Mussorgsky and ‘The songs of our days’ by Shostakovich. Recent engagements include Zuniga (Carmen), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Timur (Turandot), Philippe and Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Ludovico (Otello), Mephisto (Gounod: Faust), Sparafucile (Rigoletto). Concert engagements of Vazgen Gazaryan include Mozart’s Requiem at the Armenian Philharmonic Hall, Verdi’s Requiem with Aarhus Symphonic Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Norrlands Opera in Sweden, Handel’s Messiah at the Domstufen-Festival and Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Theater Erfurt.