|Maestro Eduard Topchjan|
The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, performing at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, under the baton and artistic direction of Maestro Eduard Topchjan, never ceases to impress its summer audiences with the exceptionally entertaining and high-quality performances given. Featuring baritone David Babayants, soprano Ani Yorentz, tenor Liparit Avetisyan, soprano Hasmik Torosyan, bass Vazgen Gazaryan, and baritone Gianpiero Ruggeri, the Opera Gala produced an unforgettable effect upon the audience.
The program included selections from Leoncavallo, Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Mascagni, Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti.
|Dresses by Gevorg and Vartan Tarloyan (on either edge)|
Hasmik Torosyan (second from viewer's right)
Ani Yorentz (second from viewer's left)
Next up was Vazgen Gazaryan, performing Gremin’s aria from Eugene Onegin. The feel of this aria served as a great contrast to the previously sung Kuda, Kuda, Kuda vi udalilis. Gazaryan’s rich timbre of voice and crispy diction outlined the character of Tatiana’s enthralled by her charms husband.
Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana was performed next by the philharmonic orchestra, with long, soaring phrases and passionately executed dynamics.
|Gianpiero Ruggeri and Vazgen Gazaryan|
The second half of the Opera Gala began with the orchestra’s performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s overture to Don Giovanni. The ominous opening chords shook the audience back to their senses and prepared them for the second half of the concert.
Vazgen Gazaryan came on next and performed Leporello’s hilariously cruel aria Madamina, il catalogo è questo from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Gazaryan did a superb job at immediately catching the audience’s attention with his acute story telling and hand gesticulations. His voice portrayed all the various moods (I mean different women) that Mozart’s music implies. His artistic skills definitely came out the most in this number, as he added extra sounds like sighs and groans, but voi sapete quel che fa. Overall, very funny and Mozart-esque!
|Hasmik Torosyan as Musetta from Puccini's La Boheme|
After Torosyan’s awe-inspiring performance, the philharmonic orchestra performed Gioacchino Rossini’s overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This performance served as a mood-switch, urging the audience to brighten up again after the exhilarating Verdi.
Liparit Avestisyan then performed Nemorino’s morbid aria Una furtiva lagrima from Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. An exquisite masterpiece in itself, Nemorino’s Romance never fails to bring tears into the listener’s eyes, and Avestisyan’s earnest performance did just that.
|Liparit Avetisyan, Maestro Eduard Topchjan,|
and Ani Yorentz
As an encore, Ani Yorentz and Liparit Avetisyan performed Merry Widow Waltz by Franz Lehàr. This duet was a beautiful conclusion to a lovely gala concert.
Please stay around for my article on La Boheme with the same beautiful cast, Eduard Topchjan conducting, and absolutely gorgeous constumes by designers Gevorg and Vartan Tarloyan!
DISCLAIMER: None of the photos above were taken by me or belong to me. I took them from the performers' official social media pages, as well as stage director Sukias Torosyan's social media.