New York Times

“smoldering stage presence”



Acclaimed for her “smoldering stage presence” (New York Times) her “richly-hued voice” (BBC Music magazine), New York based Armenian-Argentinean mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian has garnered an international reputation for her versatility and interpretation as a recitalist, chamber musician, in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, tango, cabaret, art songs and opera. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the New Docta International Music Festival, in Cordoba Argentina.

Highlights include Ms. Merdinian’s critically-praised “tour de force” debut role of Maria in Piazzolla’s tango-opera “Maria de Buenos Aires” with the Lexington Philharmonic; and also with Opera Hispanica at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC; alto soloist in “Saint Matthew Passion” with La Barroca del Suquia in Argentina; soloist in “El Amor Brujo” by De Falla at The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, NY; singing at Madison Square Garden representing Argentina with the National Anthem; debut in the pop world for the Hollywood movie “The Hundred-foot Journey” singing a single song by Oscar winning composer for Best Soundtrack, AR Rahman, who personally invited her to be a featured artists of his USA Tour 2015 in New York. In 2015 she finished four year world tour with the Philip Glass Ensemble in the award winning production of the landmark opera “Einstein on the Beach” as directed by Robert Wilson, composed by Philip Glass, and choreographed by Lucinda Childs.

She has also sang in chamber music concerts for the New Docta International Music Festival in the US, Chile and Argentina.

In April 2015, she performed as a soloist with the American Chamber Orchestra, she was also invited to sing at the United Nations on April 24 in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In the summer of 2015 toured Russia and Armenia with the Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble.

Other performances include, Liderabend Op 3 as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival; Recital at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall with AGBU; a chamber music concert for the 45th anniversary of Fundacion Encuentros with the New Docta Ensemble. Music of Lisa Bielawa in a New York recital; sang and acted as co-artistic director for the 2012 Armenian General Benevolent Union’s (AGBU) Debut Concert of the New England Region (Harvard Club, Boston); Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina (PONY); the title role in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortileges (PONY); Jezibaba in Dvorak’s Rusalka (Opera Slavica); Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen (Aspen Opera Theater Center); Saint Theresa II in Virgil Thompson’s in Four Saints in Three Acts (Bard College Conservatory) as well as Indiana Elliot in The Mother of Us All (The Juilliard School); Third Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute (The Juilliard School); Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas(The Juilliard School Pre-College Division).

She has also appeared in “Dawn Upshaw and Friends” (Classical Singer Convention) and Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov’s Composing Song (Zankel Hall at Carnegie).

Ms. Merdinian had the distinct honor of singing the premiere of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at Bard College and Conservatory, has performed as soloist with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and Choral Union (Alice Tully Hall), and as alto soloist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Metropolitan Museum, NYC) as part of their Bach Cantata Program.

In May 2009, Solange Merdinian graduated with a Master in Voice and Vocal Performance from Bard College Conservatory of, a new curriculum designed by Dawn Upshaw. In 2007, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School.







-May 2019
-New Docta Concert at the Saint Vartan Cathedral celebration of its 50th anniversary, NYC.
February 2019
- “Amor Brujo” by de Falla with the Knoxville Symphony, Tennessee. 
March/April 2019
- “Maria de Buenos Aires” with Atlanta Opera, Atlanta, GA.
November 2018
-November 5: GEMAS+GBMF “Coronica: Empire of Silver and Gold”, NYC.   For tix :
-November 13-18: Portland Baroque Orchestra presents : “Coronica: Empire of Silver and Gold” Portland, Oregon.
September 2018 
-Sept 14-15: “Maria de Buenos Aires” Teatro del Bicentenario, San Juan, Argentina. 
-Aug 27-Sept 7: VI New Docta International Music Festival
August 2018
-Official Presentation at the Argentinean Consulate in NY, for the upcoming VI New Docta Festival with guest Performers.
 June 2018
-June 23: Jazz Concert for AGBU private concert at the Oyster Shed, London, UK.
April/May 2018:
-April: Solo Recital at the Kimball Museum with conductor, pianist and artistic director of Fort Worth Opera, Joe Illick.
-April 28-May 6: “Maria de Buenos Aires” at Bass Hall, presented by Fort Worth Opera, Texas.
-May 19: New Docta Chamber Music Concert at the Parrish Museum, Hamptons, NY, presented by Louis K. Meisel.
December 2017:
December 21: ‘La Edad del Asombro”  by Carlos Guastavino with the Municipal Chamber Orchestra from Cordoba, Argentina.
November 2017
November 22-28: UGAB Brasil, Solo Recital for the organization’s, Sao Pablo, Brasil.
August/September 2017
-V New Docta Festival with Catalyst Quartet as guest artists and II New Docta Competition Jury.
Previous Updates coming soon:
September 2016
-September 4-11th : IV New Docta International Music Festival. Cordoba, Argentina. 
With special guests are Catalyst Quartet and pianist Philip Edward Fisher
August 2016:
August 8th: Interactive Concert with New Docta Artists at Camp Nubar. Open to all Camp Nubar Students and members.
July 2016:
-July 6th: Concert with Guitarrist Nick Ciraldo, NYC.
June 1016:
- June 23rd: Debut Solo Recital in Yerevan, Armenia. 7p.m. Free Admission. AGBU Center.
May 2016 
-May 3rd: New Docta International Music Festival Annual Benefit: Steinway Hall, NYC.
For tickets with guest pianist Philip Edward Fisher.
-May 15th: Special Program Holy Cross Armenian Church, New Jersey.
April 2016
-April 10: Musical Program at Saint John Armenian Church Cultural Hall, honoring Osep Sarafian; Southfield, Michigan.

 February 2016
-February 18: New Docta International Music Festival presentation at the Argentinean Consulate in NYC.
December 2015
-December 4th: AMAA Christmas Concert, Paramus New Jersey. Artistic Director and performer. 
Performances by guest singers from the tri-state area and children chorus.
-December 15th: Solo Recital in NYC. with Pianist Daniela Candillari. 6:45 reception 7:15 recital.
November 2015
-November 1st: Performance with the “Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble” in their Remember 2015 program, Lodi, New Jersey.
October 2015
-October 13-26: Opera Tour  “Einstein on the Beach” Philip Glass, Korea.
September 2015
- August 31- September 6th :III New Docta International Music Festival, Argentina.

August 2015

-August 28-30: III New Docta International Music Festival, Chile.
July 2015
 -July 2nd -Guest singer with the “Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble” ZIL Culture Center, Moscow, Russia
-July 5th -Guest singer with the “Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble”- Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre, Yerevan, Armenia
June 2015
- June 10th-Guest singer for Ar Rahman’s US concert tour “The Intimate Concert” at the Nokia Theater, NYC.
-June 26-July 7th Guest singer with “Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble” Russia and Armenia Tour
May 2015
-May 3 Messiah by Handel. Alto Soloist. Albany, New York.
-May 7-10th Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Singing with the Saint Vartan Soloists, Washington, DC. 
-May 28th Guest singer for Ar Rahman’s US concert tour “The Intimate Concert” at the Beacon Theater, NYC.
April 2015
-Soloist with American Chamber Orchestra for the rarely performed oratorio “Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo”, NYC.
March 2015
-Hotel Elefant presents Paola Presitni’s works, featuring guest musicians.
March 8th at 7pm. SubCulture, NYC.
December 2014
-Official Presentation at the Argentinean Consulate in New York-New Docta International Music Festival
New Docta Artists: Sami Merdinian, violin; Solange Merdinian, mezzo-soprano; Yves Dharamraj, cello; Riko Higuma, piano.
December 10th, 6 pm. Argentinean Consulate of New York.
November 2014
-St. Matthews Passion by J.S. Bach presented by La Barroca del Suquia. 
Alto Soloist
November 2, 9 pm, Iglesia del Carmen. Cordoba, Argentina.
September 2014
-II New Docta International Music Festival: Sept 1-7th
Masterclasses, outreach concerts, concerts, and gala concert; Cordoba, Argentina.
-Guest Voice Professor and Concert 
Masterclasses at National University of San Juan, and Voice recital with composer Tito Oliva at Auditorio Juan Victoria; San Juan, Argentina.
August 2014
- CD release soundtrack by renowned AR Rahman, of  the Hollywood Movie “The Hundred-foot Journey”: 
Singing : “My mind is a stranger without you”
June 2014
-Singing Argentinean National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for Boxing World Championship: Maravilla Martinez vs Cotto



“smoldering stage presence” (New York Times)

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