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Barseg Tumanyan

Barseg Tumanyan

Barseg Tumanyan graduated from the Komitas State Conservatoire in Yerevan under the supervision of the famous baritone Arshavir Karapetyan. He studied at La Scala and at the State Musical Conservatoire in Moscow with the famous Russian bass Evgeny Nesterenko.

He began his professional career singing at the Yerevan State Opera. By the late 80s, he was a soloist of the Alexandrov Ensemble (the official choir of the Russian Armed Forces) and toured through Russia, America, Canada, and Europe. He received international recognition after a gala concert at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in 1989. He has performed the title role in Verdis Attila (Covent Garden, Colon Theatre, Astana Opera), Ramfis in Verdis Aida (Boston Opera House, Metropolitan Opera), Filippo II in Verdis Don Carlo (Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Victoria Opera in Melbourne), the title role in Mussorgskys Boris Godunov (Bavarian State Opera, Bonn Opera), Assur in Rossinis Semiramide (Metropolitan Opera, Concertgebouw), Escamillo in Bizets Carmen (Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Bastille Opera, Astana Opera), and Méphisto in Gounods Faust (Sydney Opera, Paris Opera, Marseille Opera, Bercy Stadium in Paris, Victoria Opera, Lyon Opera). Tumanyans repertoire also includes the Ghost of Virgil (Rachmaninovs Francesca da Rimini), Colline (Puccinis La Bohème), Timur (Puccinis Turandot), King René (Tchaikovskys Iolanta), Golova (Tchaikovskys Cherevichki), Don Basilio (Rossinis Il barbiere di Siviglia), Fiesco (Verdis Simon Boccanegra), Wurm (Verdis Luisa Miller), Moser (Verdis I masnadieri), the title role in Verdis Oberto, Syrttan in Khamidi and Zhubanovs Abbay, and the title role in Chukhadjians Arshak II. He has also performed the tenor parts in Verdis Requiem, Rossinis Petite messe solennelle, Handels Messiah, and Mozarts Requiem.

He has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic Society, Spanish Hall in Innsbruck, Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal, Concertgebauw in Amsterdam, Ireland Royal Theatre, Savonlinna Festival in Finland, Victoria Hall in Genéve, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Armenian State Opera, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Astana Chamber Hall, etc. He took part in a World Tour including Canada, USA, France, Holland and Belgium. In March 2018, he sang a gala concert Barseg Tumanyan & Friends in Glendale, Los Angeles.

He has collaborated with Antonio Pappano, Bernard Haitink, Ion Marin, Simone Young, Mark Elder, Yuri Simonov, Myung-whun Chung, Julius Rudel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Richard Divall, Andrew Greene, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Alain Lombard, Mark Ermler, Marcello Viotti, Rico Saccani, John Fiore, Constantine Orbelian, and other renowned conductors, as well as with Nicolas Joel, Ian Judge, Franco Zeffirelli, Johannes Schaaf, Giancarlo del Monaco, and other famous directors.

Since 2014, Barseg Tumanyan has been a leading soloist of the Astana Opera. Nowadays, he is also a professor at the Kazakh National University of Arts and a vocal coach. He has led masterclasses in Marseille, Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, Weimar, Kitzbühel, Shiyan, Teheran, and Astana. He also participated as a jurist in several international singing competitions: President of Armenia Vocal Competition, Delphic Games in Russia, Maria Bieşu Competition in Moldova, Erkegali Rakhmadiev Competition in Kazakhstan, Gohar Gasparyan Competition in Armenia, and the International Vocal Competition in Cologne (Germany).
  • The Medal of Honor of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia (2013)
  • Title Peoples Artist of the Republic of Armenia (2006))
  • 3rd Prize for the International Vocal Competition in ´s-Hertogenbosch (1981))
  • Gold Medal for the Voci Verdiane International Vocal Competition (Busseto, 1983))
  • 2nd Prize for the Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow, 1986))
  • Grand Prix for the Rio de Janeiro International Vocal Competition (1987))


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