Armenian-Canadian bass-barihunk Vartan Gabrielian served as an alter boy at St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic church in Toronto and began voice lessons at age fourteen. He went on to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and has been studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia since 2012. He is currently part of the Russian Opera Workshop where he performed a concert of Rachmaninoff songs and arias earlier this year. In March, he performed Tchaikovsky's Don Juan Serenade and None But the Lonely Heart, along with O du mein holder Abendstern from Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser.
In July, he'll perform the King in Handel's Ariodante at the Chautauqua Music Festival's Fletcher Music Hall, followed by Colline in Puccini's La behème in August at the Chautauqua Amphitheater with the Music School Festival Orchestra.
Roles at Curtis have included Prince Gudal in Anton Rubinstein's The Demon, the Loudspeaker in Ullmann's Emperor of Atlantis, Mago and Eustazio in Handel's Rinaldo, Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni, M. Javelinot in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro.