Canadian-Armenian bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian is a rising young talent based in Philadelphia, PA. An exciting 2018/2019 season included his professional Canadian debut with Opéra de Montréal performing the role of Sparafucile (Rigoletto) and undertaking the titular role of Sweeney Todd with the Curtis Opera Theatre. He most recently debuted the roles of Leporello and Commendatore in the Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theatre production of Don Giovanni and continues his long-standing tenure with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, as Colline in performances of La Bohème.
Gabrielian is a recipient of awards from numerous organizations including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Career Bridges Schuyler Foundation, Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, George London, and was a Grand Finalist in the 2018 COC Ensemble competition. He is a recipient of the prestigious inaugural 2019 Gerda Lissner IVC Award.
A 2018 member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, Gabrielian covered the Roles of Bonze (Madame Butterfly) and Leslie Groves (Doctor Atomic) in addition to featured apprentice scenes from Rigoletto and Grapes of Wrath. In prior seasons, he has been featured at the Chautauqua Institution in performances of Ariodante (King Re), La Bohème (Colline), Rigoletto (Sparafucile), Die Zauberflote (Sarastro) and more.
Gabrielian will join the Canadian Opera Company roster as a member of their 2019/2020 Studio Ensemble. A recent graduate of the prestigious Curtis institute of Music, he is a recipient of a Bachelor’s Degree of Voice and Master’s Degree of Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Marlena Malas and Armen Boyajian.