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Soprano Anush Avetisyan is an exciting rising soprano who has “proved to be a gifted
singer and interpreter beyond her years” (German World Magazine). In 2017, Ms. Avetisyan completed her first year as a master’s student at the Yale School of Music. There, she made her debut performance as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, which is quickly becoming a staple in her repertoire. In the 2017-18 season, she was contracted to sing this same role with the Mediterranean Opera Studio in Sicily, Italy. While at Yale, Ms. Avetisyan has also performed the roles of Tatyana and Thaïs in excerpts from Eugene Onegin and Thaïs along with the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Waterbury Symphony.
In 2017, Ms. Avetisyan completed her second year as a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she received a Richard Gaddes Career Award. These awards are given to Opera Theatre’s most exceptional early-career artists to support continued professional and artistic growth. In Opera Theatre’s 2017 season, Ms. Avetisyan sang Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, in addition to covering the title role. She also performed excerpts as Violetta in La traviata and Rose in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene under the baton of Maestro Stephen Lord. A recent graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts, Ms. Avetisyan has sung the roles of Violetta (La traviata), Musetta and Mimí (La bohème), Despina (Così fan tutte), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algieri), and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). Ms. Avetisyan attended Oberlin in Italy for two years singing in Teatro Signorelli Magda (La Rondine) and Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro). As a Wolf Trap Studio Young Artist, she also performed as Delia in Il viaggo a Reims.
Ms. Avetisyan is a proud First Prize winner of the Inaugural Deborah Voigt International Vocal Competition (2017). Ms. Avetisyan was also a finalist in the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition with Opera at Florham (2017). Ms. Avetisyan won Second Place in the Mario Lanza Competition (2016-2015), First Place in the New Century Singers Whittier Vocal Scholarship Competition (2012) , the Founders’ Prize for Vocalists in the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (2012), and Fourth Place in the Loren L. Zachary Society Competition (2012) and First Place in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition (2011). She has also received encouragement awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and The Giulio Gari Foundation.
Ms. Avetisyan received her B.A. at UCLA in 2012 with a double major in Vocal
Performance and Music Education. There she sang the roles of Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and under the baton of Maestro Donald Neuen, Amelia in excerpts from Simon Boccanegra, and the role of Leonora in excerpts from La forza del destino. She will complete her M.M. degree in Opera at the Yale School of Music in 2018.