Armand Arapian

Soloist, Baritone
Of Greek-American descent, he was born in Marseille on the 1st of January 1953. He studied music and dance at the Conservatoire de Paris (class of Janine Micheau and Xavier Depraz), graduating in 1975 with the first prize and a unanimous "Excellent" grade. In 1977, he made his debut in Limoges as Figaro in the opera Le nozze di Figaro. He has sung in numerous European theaters, standing out for his performances as Macbeth, Don Pizarro (Fidelio) and Rigoletto. He has sung the role of Escamillo (Carmen) over 70 times, the roles of Lindorf, Coppélius, Le docteur Miracle and Dapertutto (Les contes d'Hoffmann) over 50 times and the role of Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande) over 100 times. He has become the ideal performer of French opera and is regularly invited to perform at the Imperial Theatre of Compiègne where he takes part in revivals of forgotten French works. His modern repertoire comprises roles, such as: Rivière (Volo di note) by Dallapiccola, Mittenhofer (Elegy for Young Lovers) by Henze, Valmont (Les Liaisons dangereuses) by Prey, Christophe Colomb by Milhaud, Prospero (Un re in ascolto) by Berio and Freud (Le Visiteur) by Stavros Xarchakos. His extensive discography is mainly comprised of French operas. His recording of the opera Polyphème (1910/18) by Jean Cras, in which he interpreted the title role, won many awards including the Orphée d'Or 2004 of the Académie du Disque Lyrique. For the GNO, he interpreted the roles of Lindorf, Coppélius, Le docteur Miracle and Dapertutto in Les contes d'Hoffmann (1998/99). // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is updated.