Migran Agadzhanyan

Singer, conductor

Mariinsky Theatre Guest Soloist

• Prize-winner at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow – St Petersburg, 2019; 3rd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 26th World Opera Competition Operalia (Lisbon, 2018; 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 3rd Ilya Musin All-Russian Young Symphony Orchestra Conductors’ Open Competition (Kostroma, 2013; 2nd prize)
• Prize-winner at the 8th Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera Singers (St Petersburg, 2011; 1st prize)

Migran Agadzhanyan was born in Rostov-on-Don in 1992. In 2016 he graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory as a pianist (class of Vladimir Mischouk) and as an opera and symphony conductor (class of Vladimir Altschuler).

As a child he won prizes at international piano competitions in Paris, Pesaro, Kiev and Yerevan and was awarded the Young Talents of Russia federal prize in addition to becoming a grant recipient of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation (2007). Migran studied singing with Vladimir Eknadiosov, a teacher at the Rostov State Rachmaninoff Conservatoire and sang in the children’s chorus of the Rostov State Musical Theatre.

In 2010 he won the Grand Prix at the competition The Trembling Sounds of the Romance in St Petersburg, was a finalist at the International Competition for Young Opera Singers Flaviano Labò in Piacenza (Italy) and completed his studies at masterclasses at the Opera Studio of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he studied with Renata Scotto and Giuseppe Sabbatini.

In 2012 Migran Agadzhanyan made his Mariinsky Theatre debut, performing the part of Moralès in Carmen.

In 2015 he appeared in the semi-final of the Operalia competition (London), following which he was given the opportunity to train as a member of Los Angeles Opera’s Young Artist Program, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera. In the 2016–17 season the musician was a soloist with the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

In 2017 he sang the part of Arrigo at the premiere of Verdi’s I vespri siciliani at the Mariinsky Theatre. Since then he regularly appears on the St Petersburg stage.

Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
Vaudémont (Iolanta)
An Indian Merchant (Sadko)
Sir Edgar Ravenswood (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Ismaele (Nabucco)
Macduff (Macbeth)
Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto)
Alfredo Germont (La traviata)
Arrigo (I vespri siciliani)
Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra)
Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera)
Don Carlo (Don Carlo)
Fenton (Falstaff)
Don Fernand Guevara (Cristoforo Colombo, concert performance)
Rodolfo (La bohème)
Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca)
Maurice de Saxe (Adriana Lecouvreur)
Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly)
Faust (Gounod’s Faust)
Don José and Moralès (Carmen)
Tenor part in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

In the summer of 2018 he appeared at festivals in Verbier (Switzerland) and Baden-Baden (opera Adriana Lecouvreur) together with the Mariinsky Company. In March 2023 the artist has sung the tenor role in Alexander Tchaikovsky’s oratorio To the Sun on poems by Fyodor Tyutchev at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Repertoire also includes: Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Beppe (Pagliacci), Rodolfo (Luisa Miller), Ismaele (Nabucco), Cassio (Verdi’s Otello), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Chekalinsky (The Queen of Spades), Flavio (Norma), Prince Yuri (The Enchantress), Jason (Cherubini’s Médée), Demo and Volano (Cavalli’s Giasone), King Charles VII (The Maid of Orleans), the Prince (Dvořák’s Rusalka), Ernani in the eponymous opera.

In 2012 Migran Agadzhanyan founded the Youth Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg and has since been its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.

In April 2021 he made his debut as a conductor (Carmen) at the Mariinsky Theatre, where he also conducted the operas Rigoletto, Pagliacci, La bohème and Madama Butterfly.

In January 2022 Migran Agadzhanyan made his debut as a conductor at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre (La bohème), and from February 2022 to June 2023 he was its Principal Conductor.
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