The Young Soloists in Residence Troupe
Created at the opening of the 2009-2010 season thanks to the support of its founding partner the BNP Paribas Foundation, the troupe is a platform that offers young opera talents an opportunity to experience their first performances on a great stage like the Grand Théâtre’s, in the company of international stars, whilst continuing their training with their vocal coaches.
With the support of BNP Paribas Foundation, Founding Partner of the Young Artists in Residence Troupe
Born in 1992 to a family of musicians, Migran Agadzhanyan studied at the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music School with T.D. Nikolaenko and took his first vocal training with Vladimir Eknadiosov. In addition, he studied with Renata Scotto and Giuseppe Sabatini at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Opera Studio. Currently, the young tenor is a student in both the Piano & Keyboard Department (with Vladimir Mischouk) and the Symphony and Opera Conducting Department (with Vladimir Altschuler) at the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory. Migran Agadzhanyan is the winner of many international piano and vocal contests such as the A. Scriabin International Piano Competition in Paris (1st Prize, 2003), Talents of the 21st Century Competition in Kiev (2nd Prize), the Pesaro Piano Competition (1st Prize), One Nation, One Culture Pan-Armenian Festival in Erevan (1st Prize), the Flaviano Labo International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Piacenza (finalist, 2010), Grand Prix of St Petersburg International Vocalists Competition (finalist and Audience Choice Award, 2010), and the VIII Elena Obraztsova International Competition for Young Opera Singers (1st prize, 2011), the Placido Domingo`s Operalia Competition at Covent Garden (semi-finalist, 2015). He was also granted a scholarship by the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation in 2007. Migran Agadzhanyan has conducted several symphony orchestras in St Petersburg and has been composing his own works, including the Armenian Ballade for Piano and Orchestra and made his operatic debut on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg. His operatic début with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra took place under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Amonst his many roles feature Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Alfredo Germont in La Traviata, Don Jose in Carmen, Alvaro in La Forza del Destino, Lensky in Eugene Onegin and Cassio in Otello. Since the 2015/2016 season, he is a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera.
At the Grand Théâtre de Genève during the 2016-2017 season :
Scènes de la vie de bohème (Rodolfo), La Bohème (Rodolfo - understudy), Il Giasone (Demo / Volano), Orleanskaya Deva (Charles VII), Norma (Flavius).
Ms. Feminear, an Auburn, Alabama native, holds degrees from Juilliard and Columbia University. In previous seasons Ms. Feminear has performed in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of La Déscente d’Orphée aux Enfers and in the role of Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto with conductor Julian Wachner and director James Darrah. She also appeared as Maria Maddalena in Handel’s La Resurrezione, conducted by William Christie, and in the St Matthew Passion in Alice Tully Hall with Gary Thor Wedow conducting. In the 2014-15 season, Ms. Feminear appeared as Pamina in the Pacific MusicWorks production of The Magic Flute, conducted by Stephen Stubbs. She also made her Seattle Opera debut in the title role of Handel’s Semele, conducted by Gary Thor Wedow. During the 2015-16 season she performed the roles of Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Oberto in Handel’s Alcina as part of the studio of the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She also made her debut at Opera Omaha in the title role of Handel’s Semele with conductor Stephen Stubbs and director James Darrah.
At the Grand Théâtre de Genève:
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Die Zauberflöte (Papagena), Falstaff (Nanetta) 15-16, Manon (Javotte), Scènes de la vie de bohème (Mimì), La Bohème (Musetta), Il Giasone (Amore), Orleanskaya Deva (Agnès Sorel), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Berta) 17-18.
Après un 1er prix de piano, puis de chant au CNSM de Lyon, ainsi qu’à la Hochschule de Vienne, elle débute sa carrière au Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux en 2009 dans Le Balcon de Péter Eötvös. Elle incarne des rôles comme Musetta (La Bohème), le Feu, le Rossignol (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri), Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers), Woglinde (Das Rheingold), Waldvogel (Siegfried), la 5ème Servante (Elektra), Adèle (Die Fledermaus), Naïade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Élise (Le Dilettante), Ciboulette, la 1ère Servante (Le Nain), Oberto (Alcina), Das Fräulein (Die Gespenstersonate), Gabrielle (La Vie parisienne), Bergère (La Pastorale), Girandole (La Cour du roi Pétaud) et les Carmina burana, sur des scènes comme le Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, l’Opéra Comique, le Bayerische Staatsoper, les opéras de Paris, Nice, Lausanne, Avignon, Nancy, Saint-Étienne, Vichy, Reims, les théâtres du Châtelet, de Reggio Emilia, de Luxembourg, les Chorégies d’Orange, l’Auditorium de Lyon et de la Radio Suisse Romande. Très à l’aise dans le répertoire contemporain, elle chante dans de nombreux festivals internationaux ; elle est régulièrement invitée par des ensembles comme l’Intercontemporain, Contrechamps, l’Instant Donné et le Klangforum. Elle se produit aussi fréquemment en récital et en concert. Parallèlement à sa carrière de soliste, elle donne régulièrement des Masterclasses à la HEM Genève, ainsi que dans plusieurs conservatoires en France. Parmi ses projets : Fantasio (La princesse Elsbeth), Le Baron Tzigane (Arsena), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) au Grand Théâtre de Genève, des concerts avec l’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France en janvier 2018, sa première Violetta au théâtre municipal de Laguna en juin 2018.
Au Grand Théâtre de Genève :
Concert autour d’Arthur Honegger 12-13.
Marina Viotti started playing the flute and curious by nature, she did not only study classical music, but also explored jazz, metal or French chanson. After a Master's degree in philosophy and literature, she went to Vienna where she started her vocal education with Heidi Brunner in 2011. She quickly became a member of the Vienna Singverein Choir and the Gustav Mahler Choir at the Vienna Staatsoper. In 2011, she made her first appearance as a soloist with Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle. In September 2012, she sang The Narrator in Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue for the MITO Festival in Turin and Milan, conducted by maestro Bertrand de Billy. In 2013, Marina was accepted in the singing class of Brigitte Balleys at the Lausanne Conservatory for a soloist Masters degree. She sang in several productions as a soloist in 2014: Ravel's L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Cat/Dragonfly), Duke Ellington's Sacred Songs, Arthur Honegger's Le Roi David and Britten's The Turn of the Screw (Mrs Grose).
Her distinctions include the “Bourse Mosetti” and the “Bourse Migros”, the first Prize and the Orchestra Prize at the Mâcon International singing competition and the International Belcanto Prize of the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, both in 2015. She took the alto part in several concert performances during 2014-2015: Bach motets and Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ with the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne; Schumann's Die Rose Pilgerfahrt and Beethoven's Mass in C, also with the OCL; Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle and De Falla's El Amor Brujo with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; at the Solothurn Classics and Cully Classic festivals. She also toured France and Switzerland with a piano-song recital De Bach à Piaf, chansons d’amour. During the 2015-2016 season, she made her début at the Opéra de Lausanne as the Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), The Mother, The Cup and The Dragonfly (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges) and The Newsagent (Les Mamelles de Tirésias). Her début role at the Wildbad Festival was Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri) in July 2015. Her recent concert performances include Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with the OCL, Marthe (Faust) at the Lausanne Opera, Lucia (Il Conte di Marsico) in Barcelona, Verdi's Requiem in Berne and Maddalena (Rigoletto) in Lucerne.
At the Grand Théâtre de Genève during the 2016-2017 season:
Manon (Rosette), Così fan tutte (Dorabella - understudy), Norma (Adalgisa - understudy).