Admired for his outstanding musical intelligence and for the purity, power, and flexibility of his voice, tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young tenors singing today. Of his Carnegie Hall debut in December 2003 as Percy in Donizetti's Anna Bolena with the Opera Orchestra of New York, New York Newsday reported:
“Armenian tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan offered a winsome portrayal of Percy, his elegant and affecting voice possessing a gorgeous, veiled tone a bit reminiscent of renowned Italian tenor Giuseppe di Stefano. If this outing is any indication, Manucharyan is definitely worth keeping an eye on.”
Mr. Manucharyan joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 2007–2008, covering Iphigenie and La traviata. He will begin his 2008–2009 season with La bohème for Tulsa Opera. He made his debut with San Diego Opera in 2008, continuing the expansion of his bel canto roles, as Leicester in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. Mr. Manucharyan will also be heard as Nadir in Bizet’s Pearl Fishers in Boston, a role in which he made a dazzling debut in the 2003–2004 season with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico and with the New York City Opera in 2004–2005. Mr. Manucharyan opened the 2006–2007 season of the Minnesota Opera as Rodrigo in Rossini’s La donna del lago. His 2005–2006 season included a role debut as Riccardo in Maria di Rohan by Donizetti at the Wexford Festival, followed by the tenor solo in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Boston Cantata Singers, Rodolfo in La bohème in Salerno, Gerald in Lakmé with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the New York City Opera, and Argirio in Rossini’s Tancredi at the Caramoor Festival.
Among Mr. Manucharyan’s operatic roles in earlier seasons are Lenski in Eugene Onegin and Alfredo in La traviata at Tulsa Opera, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Toledo Opera, the Duke in Rigoletto and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Baltimore Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, Saro in Tigranian’s Anoush at the Michigan Opera Theater, and Potoski in the world premiere of Donizetti’s long-lost opera Élisabeth at the Caramoor International Music Festival.
A native of Yerevan, Armenia, Mr. Manucharyan was engaged in 1995 by the Armenian National Opera as a principal artist and sang leading roles including Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Cassio in Otello, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ramiro in La cenerentola, Beppe/Arlecchino in I pagliacci, and Saro in Anoush. As featured soloist with the State Philharmonic Orchestra from 1995 to 1998, Mr. Manucharyan performed in repertoire including Verdi's Messa da Requiem, Bruckner's Te Deum, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and Berlioz’s Requiem.
Yegishe Manucharyan graduated from the Tchaikovsky Central Music School in 1988, earning a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance. He continued his studies at the Komitas State Conservatory, where he earned a Master of Music in French Horn Performance (1993) and in Vocal Performance (1995).
Opera Carolina Performances:
Eugene Onegin (2011–2012)