Varsenik Avanyan: «When you perform your native music, you present it in a very different way»
Author: Սոնա Խաչատրյան
Published: Oct 24 2019, 16:45
In 2019 all Armenians around the world celebrate the 150th anniversary
of one of the giants of the Armenian music - Komitas. Many concerts and other
events dedicated to Komitas are being organized by many musicians and
musicologists all around the world. The soloist of A. Spendiaryan Opera and ballet
theatre, mezzo-soprano Varsenik Avanyan, who presents Komitas and works of
other Armenian composers in Armenia and abroad, joins this initiative. Her concert
tour dedicated to Komitas will take place at Saint
Petersburg's center of Elena Obraztsova on October 27th, at «Niko»
gallery in Moscow on October 30th, at Franciscan
Friary of Klaipeda (Lithuania) on November 3rd and at Vilnius Art Museum
on November 6th. Pianists Karine
Pogosbekova and Narine Stepanyan will accompany the opera singer during the tour.
Four romances written by Avet Terteryan were included in the concert program on the advice of ambassador of Armenia in Lithuania Tigran Mkrtchyan, because this year we also celebrate 90th anniversary of Terteryan. The program includes romances by Eduard Abrahamyan, and, in conclusion, sacred songs. «The romances of Avet Terteryan are based on Avetik Isahakyan's, Hovhannes Shiraz's and Alexander Pushkin's poetry. «Nightingale and rose» by Pushkin will be the only work sang in Russian»,-the singer told ANM. By the way, busts of Komitas and Isahakyan are exposed in Niko gallery and that's why Varsenik posted a photo of Komitas's bust on the banner instead of her own photo. «This year we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Avet Terteryan. He is famous as a symphonist and contemporary music composer. I've included his romances written during his study period, which are absolutely different and I am sure – they are unknown to the public». Eduard Abrahamyan is famous for his piano works, but his songs are also well known.
Talking about Komitas, Varsenik says: «Songs by Komitas
are absolutely different, they have spiritual context. One might disagree with me, but I think that Komitas is
interesting in his uniqueness of spirituality.
His music is old but at the same time- very modern. That's why I want to finish
my concert with sacred music.
The singer hopes to see a lot of local people during the concerts. As she told,
Armenian music is very impressive: «I am sure, nobody knows these works. When
you perform your native music, you present it in a very different way, my experience shows that».
After the tour, the same program will be presented at
AGBU Armenia on November 20th.
The tour will hold with the support of the Ministry of
Education, Science, Culture, and Sport of the RA, AGBU and Armenian National
Photo by Tigran Arakelyan