Charming beginnings: Juliana Grigoryan

Born on July 30, 1998. Graduated from the Komitas State Conservatory in 2020. Since 2018 artist of Young Artist Opera Program in National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan. Armenian soprano Juliana Grigoryan is the most recent winner of the International Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition Grand Prize and also 1st Prize Winner of Concorso di Canto Lirico Virtuale SOI Scuola dell’Opera Italiana Fiorenza Cedolins, 2022. She also received the Marcella Sembrich-Kochanska Prize for the youngest finalist and The Katowice City Of Gardens – Krystyna Bochenek Cultural Institution Prize. She has performed with The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia and has enjoyed opportunities to sing under the baton of Eduard Topchjan, Sergey Smbatyan, and Harutyun Arzumanyan. In 2021, Juliana performed Bach’s Magnificat with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia and the Yerevan State Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gianluca Marciano. She sung Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2021, Juliana performed at a concert dedicated to the Independence of the Republic of Armenia which was held in Republic Square, Yerevan. Later that year, Juliana went on to tour in the Czech Republic and Italy with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. She finished off the 2021-2022 season with a role debut of Zemphira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko with the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
Juliana holds a Master’s from Yerevan State Conservatory. Since July 2022, she is listed as an artist in the Askonas Holt and will be managed by Dominic Domingo and Flo Rivington.

Juliana, dear, welcome to OPERA Charm Magazine’s big family and thank you for accepting my invitation! I’m so thrilled for having you here and for your audience having the chance to get to know you better than just by your brilliant velvet voice and electric stage personality! You were a member of the Young Artist Program of the Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan. Please, tell us more about this experience and how did it helped you to develop your artistry?

In my third year at the conservatory, I entered the Young Artist Opera  Program, where I got the opportunity to fully open up and work on stage with the archestra. The artistic director of the program, opera coach Levon Javadyan helped me with this.

We are so excited for you, as we speak you are in the FINALS of the Operalia Competition 2022. How has this experience been so far for you?

Thank you. I am grateful for your support. Many firmly believed in my success, but since I am rather self-critical, I was very worried, however, acquaintance and unique rehearsals with Maestro Domingo, as well as the hospitality of the Magnificent Latvian Theater, gave me a lot of strength. The experience that I got during these seven days of the competition cannot be expressed in words. It divided my life into eras – before the Operalia and immediately after !!! Emotions will last for several lives, believe me…

How did you prepare for a competition such as Operalia and how did you feel going up on the Latvian National Opera’s stage in front of the audience and jury?

I got prepared very carefully with my coach, because at the competitions I needed to show my skills and what I can do in such a short time. In June of this year, I also won the Grand Prix at the Stanislav Moniuszko International Competition! It warmed me and gave me hope. After all, a qualified high-ranking jury cannot be wrong. At least that’s how I calmed myself when I was very excited)))… My performances turned out to be too emotional in my opinion, it was just an ocean of emotions – oh my God, this is Operalia!!! But the favorable atmosphere that reigned in the theater was very reassuring. I am very grateful for this to all the members of the jury, the leaders of the theater and, of course, our beloved Maestro.

Read the entire interview here, in the 8th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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