Ara Karapetyan: conducting as a basic instinct

April 05, 2017

Ara Karapetyan, who headed the Musical Theater named after Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko untill these days, will take the conductor's desk at the main stage of NOVAT for Puccini's opera "Turandot" on 07 April. A famous maitre, who conducted more than 60 performances and a huge number of symphonic productions, marks the upcoming event as a symbolic reattachment to his main profession, which he abandoned for civil duties.

There is a notion in surfing, "catch the tide". The mystery of my life is that the tide caught me and brought back to my home environment - tells maitre Ara Karapetyan - I found a new lease of life and the creative energy, accumulated for years, is burning inside me. They say "if you cannot but write, then write". The same you can say about conducting:" if you can't but conduct, then go and conduct".

Ara Aramovich Karapetyan was born 23 February 1969 in Yerevan. In 1994 he graduated from Saint Petersburg Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, Opera and Symphony Conducting Division. He started his professional career two years earlier in Moscow Conservatoire Theatre with Puccini's play "Tosca". 1992 - 1997 he worked as a conductor in Permian Academic Opera and Ballet theatre, where he also directed some opera and ballet performances.

Since 1997 the artistic life of Ara Karapetyan was for a long time connected to Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, where he staged Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Tale of Tsar Saltan", Prokofiev's "Betrothal in a Monastery", Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", also conducted opera and ballet performances. In 2007 he became the deputy of director general and in 2013 the director general.

Having great experience of working with different opera theatres and symphonic companies, in September 2016 Ara Karapetyan was appointed as artistic director of Harbin Opera House and Tianjin Grand Theater.

"Deep inside I'm grateful to God, people, fate for the given circumstances, for the opportunity to return to my main profession - noted Ara Karapetyan - music was inside me as long as I remember myself. All of this is my home environment, and getting back to conducting is the primal instinct."

"Turandot" opera, run by the conductor Ara Karapetyan will be performed Friday, 7 April, at 19.00. Directed by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev. Turandot part is performed by Olga Kolobova, Calaf - Roman Zavadsky, Liu - Irina Novikova, Timur - Shagdar Zonduev. Tickets are available at the theatre box office.