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Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:29 PM

Armen Dikranian’s Anoush Opera based on Hovhannes Toumanian’s Anoush Poem.

The story, written by Hovhannes Toumanian, tells of a young girl (Anoush) and Saro, a young boy who falls in love with her. During a "friendly" wrestling bout Saro defeats Anoush's brother (Mossy) instead of letting him win as per the prevailing custom..in one adaptation, it is intentional, but otherwise it happens because Saro gets carried away during the game. Anyway.....honour is breached and the brother finally shoots Saro dead. Anoush is mad with grief and finally ends her life.

The show opens at Yerevan's Opera House. The camera then goes outdoors to various locations to the landscapes of Armenia, to near Biblical Mount Ararat, to Datev Monastery, Jermuk Falls, and then to other monasteries and locations. The final scene shows a return to the Opera House for the closing curtain.

ARMEN DIKRANIAN: was born in 1879 in Alexandropol(Leninakan)now Gyumri, and died in 1950. He was educated in Tbilisi, where, in 1887, he won an audition for admission to the conservatory.
After the 1905 revolution, when the Armenian schools were reopened by Czarist regime. Dikranian became teacher of music . It was at this time that he became acquainted with the text of Hovhannes Toumanian’s Anoush , and was inspired to write a national opera. The actual composition was begun in 1908 and finished in 1912, when it was first performed. But the opera as we now know it is the result of periodic changes and elaborations not actually completed until

Anush’s voice is by Egyptian-Armenian opera singer KOHAR KASPARIAN
(Emigrated to Armenia in 1948)

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Anoush Opera Part one

Anoush (P2)

Anoush (P3)

Anoush (P4)

Anoush (P5)

Anoush (P6)








Edited by Maral, 29 January 2008 - 02:39 PM.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:00 PM

vax vontsey karotel!! Maral jan, thank you!!!

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:37 PM

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:20 AM




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Arts and Culture | 23.11.11 | 12:10
Home for Anush: Armenian opera diva in Yerevan to mark 25 years on stage

Director of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Kamo Hovhannisyan and opera singer Hasmik Papian
By Gohar Abrahamyan
ArmeniaNow intern
World-renowned Armenian opera soprano Hasmik Papian has been in Yerevan to celebrate a landmark in her singing career – 25 years of being on stage.
Papian had a dazzling debut at the Armenian National Opera in the 1980s to become one of the best soloists of Armen Tigranian’s Anush opera. She was later invited to sing abroad by leading opera theaters in Germany. Her further international career included the most prestigious operatic stages and concert houses in the world: Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York, La Scala of Milan, Opéra Bastille in Paris, Gran Theatre del Liceu Barcelona, and many others. The 50-year-old soprano who now lives in Vienna, Austria, appeared again in front of the Armenian audience in Yerevan on November 16 to sing Anush. “I can sing all other parts abroad, but not Anush. This part is very dear to me, and singing once again at home after a 15-year break was a happy moment for me, and I was able to satisfy my nostalgia,” says the diva. Papian, a winner of numerous international awards and a world-tour veteran, says there isn’t any nicer and, at the same time, more demanding spectator, than those in Armenia. She says despite difficulties the Opera Theater in Yerevan has managed to keep its opera devotees. “When performing at the concert in Yerevan I had an audience that I hadn’t met for a long time. That warm meeting was stunning for me. Many people have left the country, representatives of the intelligentsia cannot afford to buy a ticket to an opera. But despite all this, to my amazement, people do attend performances and yearn for them even more!” says Papian, adding that Armenia must do everything to preserve the achievements and traditions that it has in the art of opera, even if it is expensive. “Our theater is not in a very bad condition, there is a generation willing to listen to opera,” the singer says. Director of the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet Kamo Hovhannisyan confirms that a large flow of young people to concerts has been seen at the theater recently. But he says that the physical possibilities of the theater’s stage are limited and, therefore, the theater needs reconstruction immediately. The Opera House built in the 1960s first underwent a major renovation in the 1980s, then it was renovated in 2001-2002, but as the theater’s director says, since there was little money for the renovation, they had to do only the most urgent of repairs. “The building today indeed needs repairing, but the essential problem is the lack of proper sound, lighting and other stage equipment and technical capabilities. We have stage props that everywhere in the world are set in motion with the pressing of a single button, but we have to do it by hand, shouting to each other and prompting how to do it,” says Hovhannisyan. The theater has asked the Ministry of Culture for assistance in conducting the repairs. At present the Ministry is developing a program under which funding is to be allocated for the necessary repairs. Despite all this, the theater works at full capacity and its director says the artists are genuinely dedicated to what they do, as they have to work in difficult conditions and with very low salaries as compared to what their counterparts get abroad. Currently, the Yerevan Theater’s creative group works on Bizet’s Carmen opera. Its premiere is expected next year.

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