W. A. Mozart - "Don Giovanni" Air de Donna Anna (Crudele... Non mi dir...)-Karine Mkrtchyan
chant médièval sacré arménien - anonyme "Oh Seigneur, ouvre-nous la porte de Ta miséricorde!"
Karine Mkrtchyan, soprano - Narekatsi, "L'attelage descendait du Mont Ararat"
Komitas, Karine Mkrtchyan, soprano - Elizavetha Touliankina, piano
P. I. Tchaïkovski - op 47. N°7, Ja li v pole da né travushka bila
G. Puccini "La Bohème" airs et duo de Mimi et de Rodolfo
V. Bellini - "Norma" - Duo de Norma et d'Adalgisa - Mira, o, Norma
Karine Mkrtchyan from a very young age, the Armenian soprano Karine Mkrtchyan was already interested in different expressions of art in her life: manual art, theater, dance, music. At the age of 7, she began to take piano lessons. Later on, at 13 years, she was attracted to singing. She started to sing traditional folkloric, popular music, and then, at the age of 15 she went into creating together with her twin sister Armine the texts and music of their own songs. They sang them in duo at the occasion of different festivals and competitions within the country. The duo Armine and Karine Mkrtchyan obtained a number of national prices.
In 1999, the desire to perform before the public induced her to continue further her professional studies at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan in the section of Vocal Music and Theory.
Karine performed in the Opera Studio during her studies at the conservatory. She sang fragments of Mozart’s “Il matrimonio di Figaro” (Contessa), Mascanni’s “Cavaliera Rusticana” (Santuzza) and finally for the obtaining of her diploma, she presented a scene of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” (Amelia). During her studies, she also made a tour through the whole country of Armenia, offering benevolent recitals at miscellaneous musical schools and conservatories.
In 2004, she terminated her studies in Yerevan Conservatory, in the class of Ashkhen Tadevosyan, obtaining with honors her Master’s Diploma in Interpretation as Opera Singer and Voice Teacher. From 2004 until 2006, she continued her post-graduate studies with Suzanna Martirossian. Simultaneously, she was a soloist at the Alexander Spendiaryan National Opera and Ballet Theater in Armenia. She also conducted musical singer groups and was a voice teacher at the Sayt-Nova Music School. During this period, Karine took part to a number of national competitions and obtained prestigious prices.
In 2007, she has been one of the candidates who was accepted to the 62nd Geneva International Music Competition (Voice). After she reached the semi-final level, she has been noticed by a number of members of the jury. With the help of some friends of the Geneva Competition and a scholarship of the Foundation Hans Wilsdorf she could begin her studies in September 2008, at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) in the class of the Brigitte Balleys. In 2010, she was granted the diploma of the Master of Arts in Music Performance. In 2012, she obtained her Master’s in Pedagogy for voice teaching. After that, she did a post-grad education at the same school with Gary Magby and obtained a Certificate of Advanced Studies in 2013.
Karine has taken master classes with different world known musicians like Teresa Berganza, Dail Duzing, Edda Moser, Christa Ludwig, Mirella Freni, Tom Krause, Helmut Deutsch, John Fiore etc.
Presently, she is teaching at the “Croqu’Note” Music School in Versoix (GE) and continues to collaborate with concert agencies, singing for different auditions in order to organize her future professional career.
Since the year 2008, she has sung as a member of different opera and concerts projects on well-known concert halls and theaters. In the Cathedral of Lausanne, she sang the soprano part of Brahms’s “Ein Deutches Requiem” under the direction of Michel Corboz. At Geneva’s Victoria Hall, she sang the soprano part of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Luc Baghdassarian. At the Theater of the Jorat in Mézières, she sang the part of Donna Anna in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” opera conducted by Ivan Törz. At Lausanne’s Paderewski Concert Hall, she sang for a concert dedicated to “Russian New Year”, accompanied by the pianist Anthony Di Giantomasso. She gave a number of solo recitals and radio broadcasts on the Radio Suisse Romande, accompanied by pianist Todd Camburn.
She had also the opportunity to take part with a musical-theater production, “Le Syndrome d’Orphée” created by the Russian stage director Vladimir Pankov (Studio SounDrama Moscow), with the collaboration of Vidy Theater in Lausanne. It earned a large success, and the spectacle was invited afterwards for several festivals in France: Lyon (Festival Les Nuits de Fourvière within the Roman Theater), Perpignan (Archipel Theater), Cherbourg (Trident National Scene) and Châteauroux (Equinoxe National Scene). In 2013, the musical-theater continued touring in Russia as a part of the Tchekov International Festival in Moscow (Pushkin Theater), in Ekaterinburg and in Samara.
The year 2013 was also productive in terms of two other activities: on the one hand, the “Festival Return” in Armenia where the artist presented a solo recital accompanied by the pianist Armen Aghdjanyan at Komitas Chamber Music-Hall. On the other hand, she performed a concert entitled “Armenian Sacred Songs” at Sacré-Coeur Church (Ouchy) and Lausanne Chailly Temple accompanied by the organist Denis Fedorov.
In 2014, in the context of the Olympic Winter Games in Sotchi Karine sang solo recitals by Rachmaninov and Tchaïkovsky in the Olympic Museum of Lausanne accompanied by the pianist Elizavetha Touliankina.
In April 2015, Karine performed solo recitals by Komitas and his contemporaries dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian genocide. In May, she sang solo recitals of Russian melodies by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky at the Estrée Foundation, Ropraz. In June of the same year, Karine sang the solo soprano parts of Mozart and Fauré’s “Requiem” under the direction of Luc Baghdassarian at Geneva’s Victoria Hall and St-Martin’s Church, Vevey. Another solo soprano part, this time from Beethoven’s “9th Symphony” under the direction of Alexander Mayer was performed by the artist in Ice Rink of Malley (Lausanne) in collaboration with Béjart Ballet and Sinfonietta of Lausanne. November 2015 marked her appearance again at Geneva’s Victoria Hall with the solo soprano part of Verdi’s Requiem directed by Luc Baghdassarian.
In June 2016, she sang the role of Mimi in Puccini’s “La Bohème” conducted by Benoît Willmann on the stage of Victoria Hall and in December, performed the role of first solo soprano in Mozart’s “Great Mass in c-minor” directed by Luc Baghdassarian.
In April 2017, Karine sang the solo soprano part of Mozart’s Requiem at Geneva’s Victoria Hall and at Temple du Bas in Neuchâtel under the direction of Benoît Willmann.
Presently, one project is under way for May 2017, and several more are in development, namely Piano and Chamber Music Festival, the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s “Carmen” and Rossini’s “Stabat Mater”, which are scheduled respectively for October, November and December of the current year in Geneva and elsewhere. In 2018, Karine will sing the role of Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” at Geneva’s Victoria Hall.
Karine Mkrtchyan has a unique sense of musicality. Her voice touches people’s hearts with her tenderness, sensitivity and sincerity. It reminds them about the beauty that can be felt through the music and can lead to the gratefulness and love for the existence. She wants to transfer her inner spiritual world during her performances and deliver the message of music to the public with much simplicity. Her awareness of the present and expectations of the future help here to move forward continually, developing her personal and professional qualities.
CV & Repertoire
|Musical Work||Role||Jump-in ready?||Company||Year|
|Mozart: Requiem||Soprano||Immediately||concertus saisonnus||2017|
|Puccini: La Bohème||Mimì||1 week||concertus saisonnus||2016|
|Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K. 427||Soprano #1||1 week||concertus saisonnus||2016|
|Verdi: La Traviata||Annina||1 week||Lausanne Opera||2015|