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 8248251663_aa8cf557f7_zAcclaimed 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, and opera singer in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the New Docta International Music Festival, in Cordoba Argentina.

Highlights in 2013/2014, 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; Soloist in “El Amor Brujo” by De Falla at The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice; 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, She also made her solo debut recital in Montreal, Canada. Ms. Merdinian just finished her 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 is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic director of the New Docta International Music Festival.

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); in Melissa Dunphy’s Gonzales Cantata (Sosnoff Theater at Fisher Center, Bard College); in Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov’s Composing Song (Zankel Hall at Carnegie); in the Joy in Singing Competition’s Finalist Concert. 

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.                   

 

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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)

“richly-hued voice” (BBC Music magazine),

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