Born in a family of musicians, Franco-Armenian mezzosoprano Varduhi Abrahamyan completed her studies at the Conservatory of Yerevan.
Season 2017-18 started with the debut as Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff and Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera at Opéra Bastille, followed by Alcina at Théâtre des Champs Elysées and house debuts at the Atlanta Opera (US debut) and Opera Hong Kong as Carmen. She closed the season with Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich.
Last season she appeared at Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company as Polinesso in Händel’s Ariodante and at Teatro Massimo di Palermo as Carmen. She then sang Bradamante in Alcina at Opernhaus Zürich with Cecilia Bartoli, Carmen and Eugene Onegin at the Paris Opera, and a concert version of Rigoletto in Hannover with the NDR Radiophilharmonie. In the past season she performed Benvenuto Cellini at Opera di Roma, Dalila (Samson et Dalila) at Palau de les Arts in Valencia (where she had debuted in 2015 with Norma and Nabucco) under the baton of both Roberto Abbado and Plácido Domingo, Carmen at the Bolshoi in Moscow and at the Hamburg State Opera, Semiramide at the Marseille Opera and at the Tchaikowsky Concert Hall in Moscow, La donna del lago at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Moreover, she sang a concert series with Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome conducted by Stéphane Denève.
On the concert podium, she sang the Verdi’s Requiem with Myung-Whun Chung at the Festival de Saint-Denis with Orchestre de Paris, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the conduction of Nicola Luisotti and at the Philharmonie de Paris with Jesús López Cobos, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Cecilia Bartoli in Martigny and Lugano, the Wesendonck-Lieder at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater at the Festival de Saint-Denis with Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France conducted by Jakub Hruša.
In the past seasons, she sang at the Paris Opera Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Ottone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Pauline (Pique Dame), and Maddalena (Rigoletto) under the conduction of Daniel Oren. Moreover, she performed the role of Lydia Tchoukovskaïa for the premiere of Bruno Mantovani’s opera Akhmatova.
Further highlights in her career include the roles of Malcolm (La donna del lago) at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Carmen in Toulon, Néris (Cherubini’s Médée) and Rinaldo at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. She also played Arsace (Semiramide) at the Montpellier Opera, Nerestano (Bellini’s Zaïra) at the Montpellier Festival and for Radio France, Pauline (Pique Dame) at the Capitole in Toulouse, and Bersi (Andrea Chénier) with Pinchas Steinberg.
Other engagements included Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo at the Théâtre du Châtelet conducted by Marc Minkowski, Orphée et Eurydice in Versailles, Marseille and Saint-Etienne, and Polinesso (Ariodante) at Geneva’s Grand-Théâtre.
Her upcoming plans include house debuts at Opera de Oviedo (Carmen), Gran Teatre del Liceu (L’Italiana in Algeri), Royal Opera House (Faust) and Opera Las Palmas (role debut as Eboli in Don Carlo); the return to Canadian Opera Company (Eugene Onegin), Opéra Bastille (La forza del destino) and Opéra de Marseille (La donna del lago in concert).