Arax Mansourian

Soprano
Armenia

She is a graduate of voice from the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia. She was one of the leading sopranos of the Armenian National Opera before migrating to Australia in 1994.

Endowed with an exquisite timbre, broad vocal range and fine acting ability, Ms Mansourian has performed in the great operas of outstanding Armenian, Russian and European composers.

She has appeared in the title role of Verdi’s “Aida”, Leonora (Il Trovatore), Elisabetta de Valois (Don Carlos), Nedda (Pagliacci), Mimí (La Boheme), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Lisa (Pikovaya Dama), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Shoushan (Davit Bek) and the title role in Tigranian’s “Anoush”.

Since living in Australia Arax Mansourian has included the roles of Liu (Turandot), Desdemona (Otello), Leonora (La Forza del Destino), Elisabeth (Tannhauser), Elisabetta de Valois (Don Carlo), Amelia Grimalldi (Simon Boccanegra), Kundry (Parsifal), in her repertoire for Opera Australia.

She sang with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), in a series of ABC "Swoon" Concerts at the Sydney Opera House, and in an Opera Gala with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

In 1996, in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Arax performed the soprano part in Beethoven's Symphony No.9 and during 1996/97 she also toured with the role of 'Aida' for the International Michael Edgley / Kevin Jacobson stadium production of "Aida" in Perth, Brisbane, Singapore and Auckland.

In March 2000, she sang the soprano part in Verdi's "Requiem" at Sydney Opera House with The Sydney Philharmonia and in November Britten's "War Requiem" with Independent Classics in Melbourne.

In 2002, Arax performed the title role of 'Katya' in "Katya Kabanova" at Sydney Opera House. In the same year, she performed the title role of 'Santuzza' in "Cavalleria Rusticana" at Melbourne Art Centre, Opera Queensland and Sydney Opera House.

In 2003, she performed the title role of 'Tosca' in "Tosca" at Opera Queensland.

Arax Mansourian has been highly acclaimed for her vocal artistry and soul-stirring expressiveness. As one of Armenia's best performers of Chamber Music, she has performed old and new masterpieces of that genre in various capitals of the Soviet Union as well as the concert halls of Bulgaria, Sweden, East Germany, France, Canada, the United States, Syria, Holland and Australia.