Varduhi Khachatryan, Armenian mezzo-soprano, with the unbelievable purity of her voice, low and hearty, with her extraordinary technique as well as her elegant and at the same time dramatic stage presence, encouraged many grand amateurs of the lyric.
Since an early age, Khachatryan was deeply involved in art life. Varduhi’s father, famous basse-bariton and People’s Artist (National Artist) of the Republic of Armenia, initiated Varduhi into classical music in her early childhood. At the age of 7, Khachatryan enters Musical school where she studies piano and vocal simultaneously. She continues her studies in Musical college after “Romanos Melikyan”, afterwards in Yerevan State Musical Conservatory after Komitas from where she receives her diplomas of soloist and pedagogy.
Khachatryan made her debute in 1996 in the Opera Theatre of Yerevan, interpreting the role of Parandzem in Arshak II by T. Tchukhatchyan. Khachatryan has been a soloist in the same theatre since 1997 where she played the roles of Carmen in Carmen by G. Bizet, Pauline in The Queen of Spades (La Dame de Pique) by P. I. Tchaykovsky, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Amneris in Aida by G. Verdi, Adalgisa in Norma by V. Bellini as well as other celebrated roles.
In 2004 she receives the National Award Artavazd in the "Best opera actress of the year" category.
Her professional experience in Europe starts in 1999, when she wins the International Contest of “Chant à Liège” (Belgium). During the following two years she becomes laureate of seven international competitions. In 2001 Khachatryan wins the Grand Prix Maria Callas of Athens and the 1st prize in Montserrat Caballe International Singing Contest. The latter permitted her to obtain several bookings, invitations to prestigious festivals and many interesting offers from artistic agents.
Khachatryan sang, amongst the others, in the Bolshoy Theatre (Moscow), Bunka Kaykan Theatre (Tokyo), in Teatro di Verdi (Sassari), in Teatro Sperimentale di Spoleto, in Grand Théâtre de Genève, “Festival Euro Mediterraneo” in Rome, in “Festival Castell de Peralada” in Spain, in MIDEM Festival in Cannes, in festival “Suoni di Primavera” in Italy, in “Flâneries Musicales d’Eté” of Reims, in Festival d’Ambronay in France.
Khachatryan sang with Montserrat Caballe, Angela Ghiorghiu, Cecilia Gasdia, José Cura, Carlos Almaguer, Franco Vassallo, under the direction of Pierre Dominique Ponnelle, Alexander Joel, Fabio Pirona, Adrian Leaper, Werner Pfaff, Miguel Ortega, Gabor Takacs-Nagy etc.
Khachatryan also performs concerts and recitals in the Salle Gaveau of Paris, in London Royal Festival Hall, Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, Victoria Hall of Geneva, Montreux Stravinsky Auditorium, in cities as Prague, Montréal, Rome, Catane, Madrid, Munich, Athens, Barcelona, Vienna, Copenhagen, Brussels, etc.
Khachatryan’s repertoire ranged from the roles of Adalgisa in Norma by Bellini, Azucena in Il Trovatore by Verdi, Carmen in «Carmen» by Bizet, Amneris in Aida by Verdi, Charlotte in Werther by Massenet, Stephano in Roméo et Juliette by Gounod, Fenena in Nabucco by Verdi, Preziosilla in I Vespri Siciliani by Verdi, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, Kundry in Parsifal by Wagner, Paulina in The Queen of Spades (La Dame de Pique) by Tchaikovsky, Olga in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.
Khachatryan participated in a TV program Klassisch! in Munich and appears very often on MEZZO TV channel. Khachatryan has also performed in film-opera Norma by Bellini directed by DECCA (DVD), in Ode to Joy by Aram Khatchatourian (CD, England), in “Dedication to Komitas” (CD, Yerevan), in “Cinderella” by Franc Martin (CD, Geneva), in “Ave Maria” (CD, Yerevan)
Khachatryan's large repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary, as well as German Lieders, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian and Armenian composers’ melodies. Moreover, she sings (performs) in seven languages.
Khachatryan's professional background motivated her to create the cultural association AVETIS in 2011. The association is aimed at promoting experienced artists and discovering young talents.