FROM CONCERT PIANIST TO OPERA SINGER
Christopher Nazarian, Australian- Armenian Bass and Pianist, has sung principal roles all over the world. This season, he has performed the roles of Zaccaria in Nabucco with Sarasota Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni with the St. Petersburg Opera, Pistola in Falstaff with Prelude to Performance-Martina Arroyo Foundation, The King in Aida with Gateway Classical Music Society, Yamadori in Madama Butterfy with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, Ben in Telephone with Arts Institute and Colline in La boheme with the New Rochelle Opera. Other roles he has performed include Sarastro/ Sprecher in The Magic Flute and Truffaldino/Lackai in Ariadne Auf Naxos with the Berlin Opera Academy; Buffo in Der Schauspieldirektor, Gideon March/ Mr Dashwood in Little Women King Balthazar in Amal and the Night Visitors, Rudolfo in La sonnambula with Penrith Symphony Orchestra; Frere Laurance in Romeo and Juliet with IVAI and Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with the Western Sydney Opera.
Mr Nazarian has also performed as the bass soloist in the Bernstein Mass Sydney Opera House and in Handel’s Messiah with the Penrith Symphony. Awards include the winner of Russian Song at Sydney Eisteddfod, a finalist in Opera Awards and Male Operatic Voice, a finalist in the Lady Fairfax New York scholarship award and in The Opera Foundation for Young Australians.
In addition to his operatic credits, Mr. Nazarian is a pianist who has appeared as the soloist for the performances of: Babajanian- Heroic Ballade for Piano and Orchestra and Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in e-minor with the Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninov- Piano Concerto No. 2 in c-minor with the Eroica Ensemble, Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 3 in c-minor with the Sydney University Intercol Orchestra and Manera- Concertante for Piano and Orchestra at the ABC Classic FM with the Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble. Mr. Nazarian is from Australia and attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he received a Master in Piano and a Master in Opera Performance.