BOSTON — The Friends of Armenian Culture Society (FACS) will present the 66th annual Armenian Night at the Pops on Saturday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall. The evening will mark the Boston debut of soprano Hasmik Torosyan, one of the rising opera stars of Armenia.
Torosyan will join conductor Keith Lockhart in a selection of songs and arias by Mozart, Gounod, Ganachian and Bernstein, as well as an Armenian song. Also featured in the program is the renowned group Cirque de la Symphonie, bringing the magic of the circus to the concert hall. Performances by professional dancers, acrobats and jugglers are choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music in collaboration with the orchestra.
Torosyan is quickly establishing herself as one of the most sought-after singers of her generation. Recent appearances in major operatic roles include Belgium’s Opera Vlaanderen and Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Italy, and a concert performance with Orchestre National de Paris. She has been praised for her “rich, flexible and crystal-clear” soprano voice.
Torosyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She is a graduate of the Romanos Melikyan Musical College and the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia where she studied with Gayaneh Geghamyan. In 2008, she won first prize and the Gold Medal at the Republic Competition in Honor of Gohar Gasparyan and in 2009 was the recipient of the President’s Prize for Young Singers in Armenia. The following year, she won first prize at the Bella Voce International Music Competition in Moscow and was a finalist at the sixth Seoul International Music Competition.
In 2011, Torosyan won the first prize at the coveted Musica Sacra International Music Competition in Rome. Since then, she has been a member of the Alexander Spendiaryan Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.
Tickets with special FACS prices are available online at www.FACSBoston.org.To encourage live concert attendance by the youth, FACS is offering a 50-percent discount for K-12 students attending with at least one parent.