Grayr Khanedanian

• People’s Artist of Uzbekistan
• Honoured Artist of Ukraine
• People’s Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

Born in Kamensk. In 1963 he graduated from the Lvov State Lysenko Conservatoire (class of Pavlo Petrovich Karmalyuk, People’s Artist of the USSR).
From 1961-65 he was a soloist with the Lvov.
From 1965-72 he was a soloist with the Odessa State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
From 1972-80 he was a soloist with the State Academic Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre (Tashkent).
From 1980-87 he was a soloist with the North Ossetian Musical Theatre.
From 1987-98 he was a soloist with the Perm Academic Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Since 1998 he has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera Company.

He has performed all lead roles in the tenor repertoire in operas by Russian and Western European composers, among them Finn (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Sadko (Sadko), Herman (The Queen of Spades), Pierre Bezukhov (War and Peace), Vaudémont (Iolanta), Agrippa (The Fiery Angel), José (Carmen), Don Carlo (Don Carlo), Radames (Aida), Canio (I pagliacci), Otello (Otello), Alfredo (La traviata) and Cavaradossi (Tosca).

Has toured to Japan, the USA (Metropolitan Opera), Germany, France, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Has appeared at opera houses in Moscow, Kiev, Minsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Tbilisi and Yerevan.

In 1998 in Germany he recorded the CD 22 Neapolitan Songs. Teaches at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers and is a senior lecturer at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. Has trained several now famous students, many of whom work at the Mariinsky Theatre as well as abroad.

He has composed several operas, a ballet, romances and symphony music.

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