Born in a family of musicians, Franco-Armenian mezzosoprano Varduhi Abrahamyan completed her studies at the Conservatory of Yerevan.
Most recently, she sang Verdi Requiem at Festival Verdi in Parma and she made her house debut at the Royal Opera House as Bradamante in Alcina, a role she also performed at Opéra de Monte-Carlo, along with Rossini’s Stabat Mater.
Season 2021-22 started with the return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Carmen and continued with the house debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin, as well as with Don Carlo at Opéra de Marseille and Norma at Gran Teatre del Liceu. Engagements in the recent seasons have included the house debuts at Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo Festival Donizetti (Lucrezia Borgia), Teatro Regio di Torino, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opera de Oviedo (Carmen), Gran Teatre del Liceu (L’Italiana in Algeri), Opera Las Palmas (Don Carlo). Moreover, the return to Canadian Opera in Eugene Onegin, at Opéra di Parigi as Preziosilla in La forza del destino and at Rossini Opera Festival in Semiramide, as well as La donna del lago at Opéra de Marseille. In concert, she sang Verdi Requiem in tour with MusicAeterna Ensemble in Moscow, Paris, Cologne, Hamburg, Vienna and Athens; she debuted at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in Semiramide, she sang El amor brujo with Orchestre de Cannes and Carmen in concert with Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.
She has also appeared in Alcina at Théâtre des Champs Elysées and at Opernhaus Zürich with Cecilia Bartoli, Carmen in Palermo, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Zürich, Bolshoi-Moscow and Hamburg, Falstaff (Mrs. Quickly), Un ballo in maschera, Carmen and Eugene Onegin at Opéra Bastille. Further highlights have included Benvenuto Cellini at Opera di Roma, Dalila (Samson et Dalila) at Palau de les Arts in Valencia (where she had debuted in 2015 in Norma, alongside Mariella Devia, and Nabucco) under the baton of Plácido Domingo, Semiramide at Opéra de Marseille and at Tchaikowsky Concert Hall in Moscow, La donna del lago at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Polinesso in Händel’s Ariodante at Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.
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 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.
She also sang at the Paris Opera Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Ottone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) and Pauline (Pique Dame). 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, Rinaldo at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 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.
Other engagements included Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo at the Théâtre du Châtelet conducted by Marc Minkowski, Orphée et Eurydice in Versailles and Marseille, and Polinesso (Ariodante) at Geneva’s Grand-Théâtre.
Upcoming plans include the house debut at Teatro di San Carlo in Die Walküre and Maometto II, La favorite at Opéra National de Bordeaux, Adelaide di Borgogna at Rossini Opera Festival.