The idea of forming an Armenian operatic group was conceived by Aris Nadirian, a professional opera singer
and choirmaster of the St. Yeghiche Armenian church in London. The principal aim was to introduce the local
community to Armenian opera, a musical art form not previously staged in the UK, and to raise awareness of
the many enchanting folk melodies. Hence "London Armenian Opera", LAO, was born in September 2011.
We acquired charity status in June 2013 and our Charity Registration Number is 1152425.
The LAO chorus consists of approximately 20 voluntary members who are drawn from the local community,
and who normally sing in 4 part harmony. Our principal solo singers, orchestra players, conductor and
dancers are drawn from a select group of highly talented professionals and musical students.
We aim to perform one show a year, and the chorus meets one evening per week for regular rehearsals at our
West London venues. Participating soloists, instrumentalists and dancers join the chorus for rehearsals when
called upon. Full rehearsals necessarily become more frequent as we approach the performance dates.
The responsibilities for running the day to day affairs of LAO are shared by six members on the committee,
each of whom performs multiple roles. They are supported by members from the chorus and many outside
volunteers who carry out the vital ancillary and specialised functions, such as costume design, promotional
material design, carpentry, etc.
Aris Nadirian David Stephan Rouzanna Gasparian
Musical Director Chairman & Treasurer Venues & Events Planning
Tamara Stephan Ana´s Heghoyan Araxie Heghoyan
General Secretary & Costumes PR & Promotions Repetiteur