Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan made his European stage debut in the autumn of 2016 as Fenton in a new production of Falstaff at the Cologne Opera and has since been acknowledged as one of the most exciting lyric tenors of his generation. After his debut in Cologne, other international debuts followed in rapid succession at such leading theaters as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Zürich Opera, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Opera Australia, Semperoper Dresden, and Hamburg State Opera. His roles have included Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Des Grieux in Manon, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin.
During the 2020/21 season, Avetisyan will debut at the Vienna State Opera as Nemorino, a role he will subsequently reprise in Seattle and at Covent Garden. He will also make his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Further engagements include Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Covent Garden and the Duke in Rigoletto in Vienna, London, and Zurich.
Born in Yerevan in 1990, Liparit Avetisyan moved to the Crimea, where he graduated from music school. From 2008 to 2011, Avetisyan studied with B. Kudryavtsev at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, later transferring to the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan to study with R. Hakobyants. During his studies, Avetisyan won Second Prize in both the Maria Biesu International Singing Competition and the III Muslim Magomaev International Vocalists Contest. At the Armenian National Academic Opera, he sang Alfredo, Don José in Carmen, and the young Gypsy in Aleko. He debuted as the Duke in Rigoletto and sang the Verdi and Mozart Requiems with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra.
In October of 2015, Avetisyan sang Don José in Alexander Titel’s new production of Carmen in Yekaterinburg, subsequently making his Moscow debut in January of 2016 as Des Grieux in the new production of Massenet’s Manon at the Staniskalvy-Nemirovich-Danchenko Opera. He returned there in June of 2016 as the Prince in the new staging of Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges and as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Avetisyan also participated in the company’s tour of China in Carmen.
After his debut in Cologne in 2016, Avetisyan was invited to make several other important debuts in the 2016/17 season: Rodolfo with the Frankfurt Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera Australia, and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Alfredo. He also returned to Covent Garden to make his role debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. In the 2017/18 season, the tenor sang Alfredo at the Bolshoi Theatre, Hamburg State Opera, Berlin State Opera and Semperoper Dresden, and appeared as Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He made his French stage debut as Lensky in Eugene Onegin at the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg and returned to the Cologne Opera as Alfredo and the Duke. Avetisyan also returned to Covent Garden for their spring gala and made his Spanish stage debut singing his first Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Peralada Festival.
Avetisyan made his role debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in the fall of 2018 in Dresden, after which he made his North American debut at the Seattle Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto. He also returned to Australia in the same role. Avetisyan began the 2019/20 season with his debut at the Zürich Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata, after which he reprised the role at Covent Garden, in Dresden and Hamburg, and for his debut at the Bavarian State Opera. Avetisyan will close out the season with his return to Opera Australia as Lensky in Eugene Onegin.
Also active on the concert stage in recent years, Avetisyan has appeared at the XXI International Music Festival Stars of the White Nights in Saint Petersburg, Easter Festival in Moscow, Beethoven Fest in Poland, Mustonen Fest in Estonia, and Midem Fest in France. He also performed in benefit concerts dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide with Evgeni Kissin at Carnegie Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore in Washington. The tenor has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Antonio Pappano, Constantin Orbelian, Anton Orlov, Vahan Martirosyan, Lior Shambadal, Eduard Topchyan, Michael Guettler, Vladimir Jurovsky, and many others. Avetisyan recorded the role of Cassio in Sony’s upcoming release of Otello, starring Jonas Kaufmann and conducted by Maestro Pappano.