Charming beginnings: Amin Ahangaran

Bass, from Iran. His artistic training started in 2016 in the piano class of the Tehran Conservatory of Music. Initially started as a hobby, his interest then shifted to singing class at the same conservatory: he thus decided to change his course of study. Singing remained only a secondary occupation for him until he met Christa Ludwig in Austria, who suggested that he give up everything and devote himself seriously to singing, under the guidance of Natela Nicoli. In 2017, he moved to the music conservatory in Graz, Austria. During his education in Graz, he performed the roles of Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and performed in several concerts with orchestra such as the bass soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum. As part of the Academia Belcanto scholarship, which he received in the summer of 2018, he participated in Masterclasses of Giacomo Aragall and Eteri Lamoris. The following summer he won a full scholarship from the American Institute of Music Studies (AIMS), where he studied with David Brock and attended Masterclasses by Paul McNamara and Linda Watson. He has also attended Masterclasses by Georg Zeppenfeld, Margit Klaushofer and Elena Pankratova, as well as coaching sessions with Marcus Merkel. In 2020-2022 he was part of the Young Artist Program of the Accademia del Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which is coordinated by Gianni Tangucci. He attended classes with Vincenzo Spatola, Eva Mei, Tatiana Chivarova and Donatella Debolini, and masterclasses with Bruno de Simone, Luca Salsi, Nicola Alaimo, Sara Mingardo, Fiorenza Cedolins, etc. He also had the opportunity to have coaching sessions with Richard Barker, Matteo Pais, Dario Tondelli, Michele Errico, Michele D’Elia, Raffaele Cortesi, Giulio Zappa and Gianni Fabbrini. In 2021 he appeared in productions of Rigoletto (Riccardo Frizza), Siberia (Gianandrea Noseda), Ariadne auf Naxos (Daniele Gatti) and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (Manfred Honeck) at the Teatro del Maggio, Augusto Borgioli’s Messa funebre a tre voci in Prato, as well as in concerts around Tuscany. In the summer of 2021 he received another scholarship from AIMS and studied with Thomas Hampson. Since September 2022 he is a part of the Opera Studio in Zurich, Switzerland. In opera house of Zurich he will participate in productions of La Traviata (Francesco Ivan Ciampa), Eugene Onegin (Gianandrea Noseda) and Jakob Lenz (Adrian Kelly).

Dear Amin, congratulations again to you and thank you for accepting our invitation. You are one of the winners of the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino. What thoughts and expectations did you have before the contest and which of them proved revelatory? How was your experience there?

Thank you for having me! CLIP is a well-known and prestigious competition, where I expected to present myself before a competent and acclaimed jury that allows me to be seen internationally. My experience exceeded my expectations for the better. Not only did I win the third prize, but I was also awarded the audience award and a special prize. The friendly and supportive atmosphere that is established between the singers and the jury was very unique and encouraging. I appreciated the well-thought organization of the competition and last but not least meeting new, wonderful colleagues was a pleasure.

How did you prepare for this competition? How did you choose your repertoire?

I believe my performance was a result of my two-year long preparation at the academy of Teatro del Maggio with different Maestri of the academy. However, for this competition I worked closely with Maestro Richard Barker. Looking at the competition as a chance to audition for the members of the jury, I decided to sing challenging arias which are suitable for my repertoire.

Read the entire interview here, in the 6th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.


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