LONDON ARMENIAN OPERA             Charity Registration No. 1152425

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 ABOUT US

 

ORIGINS                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                      

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.                              

 

PERFORMERS                                                                                                                                                 

 

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.                                        

 

 

REHEARSALS                                                                                                                                                 

 

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.             

 

 

COMMITTEE                                                                                                                                                    

 

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