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Opera Tenor Great Vahan Mirakian Putting A New Twist On The Genre

Jan 8, 2008
I wrote a bit last week about the honor I had to meet opera tenor great Vahan Mirakian last year in Mexico during his deportation battle to re-enter the U.S. I am very pleased to say that he has returned and is doing his good works through his nonprofit foundation, the Vahan Mirakian Foundation. I encourage everyone to visit the site and see some of the videos, hear some snippets of this man's incredible voice at www.vahanmirakian.com.

Keep in mind, this is coming from a simple Mississippi writer who grew up on Charlie Pride and Hank Williams. Though I still consider them greats in their the world of country music, admittedly it took me a little while to understand and finally appreciate this amazing art known as opera (Vahan can do it all and as you will see in the short video, recently did a special tango concert which was a sellout in Los Angeles).

Here is some important information on Vahan and his foundation:

Vahan Mirakian, born in Armenia, belongs to the excelling tenor singers of our period. His reputation covers a lot of countries where he performs diverse opera parts and a broad repertory of songs and folk-songs.

Already as a pupil the young tenor performed in concerts of amateurs. As he also was a member of the Armenian junior basketball-team, he had to choose: He chose the music instead of sports and entered the Jerewan conservatory where Tamara Shakhnazarian became his first teacher. In his third year of studies he gave his debut at the Spendiarow opera house in Yerevan, Armenia. Having finished his studies he was invited to enter the ensemble of the opera house and sang in his first season, the parts of Lensky in "Eugen Onegin", the Duke in "Rigoletto" and Alfredo in "La Traviata". Other figures he performed are "Lucia di Lammermoor", "La Boheme", "Carmen" and "Tosca".

Three years working with Maestro Barra in Milano was very successful. The young singer had now the possibility to learn the fine nuances of Italian belcanto by studying parts like Cavaradossi ("Tosca") and Rodolfo ("La Boheme") at the Teatro Alla Scala. At the same time Mirakian studied a huge repertory of songs which he performed for the first time in Milano and in the hall "G. Verdi" in Parma. Immediately after his studies Mrakian got a contract with the Bolschoi-Theater in Moscow, Russia where he performed the grand parts of the lyric Russian and the Italian repertory until his immigration in 1981.

Vahan Mirakian, during his long artistic like, has fascinated listeners all over the world. Not only with his perfect cantilena and his fine phrasing and nuances of his grand voice, but also with his vast reparatory reaching from songs by Schubert and Schumann over the romances by Tshaikovsky and Rachmaninov until the Russian and Armenian folk-songs. He has sung in each big city in Russia, the United States, Canada, Sweden, England, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechia, Hungary, Japan, South Africa, Near East and also became a welcomed guest in different famous opera houses around the world. Mirakian now lives in Los Angeles, CA in the United States where he applies to the education of young singers in single lessons, workshops and masterclasses. Take advantage of this opportunity if you are in the Los Angeles area to take lessons with the a true maestro.

The mission of Vahan's foundation is to provide help for the development and the growth of our culture; to help young talents to get the necessary training and education by awarding scholarships and other forms of financial aid; provide the right training to help them gain recognition in all kinds of art forms.

His mission statement: One Dollar for the sake of the Arts!

The Foundation statement adds, "We hope that this foundation will help us bring together all those wonderful individuals who have the love, passion and appreciation for the arts. The foundation has also established a vocal arts and classical music academy where students will have a chance to work and get personal attention and training from the Master of Bel Canto Maestro Vahan Mirakian himself."
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