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.