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Aurhelia Varak

With her beautiful voice, innate musical sensitivity, and charismatic stage presence, the French mezzo-soprano Aurhelia Varak is increasingly in demand on the operatic stages of Europe, America, Asia and now South America. Her wide repertoire stretches from the baroque right through to contemporary music, whether singing opera, oratorio or in recital, and her fluency in a number of languages adds to her interpretative skills.

In addition to the title role of Carmen in Hong Kong (with Opera Hong Kong at the Le French May festival), upcoming performances include Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro at La Fenice in Venice, Italy; Carmen in Brazil; and the Mozart Requiem in Florence. Recent highlights are Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Glimmerglass Opera, New York; Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the world première performances of Fabio Vacchi’s new work at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, as well as concert performances of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at the National Theatre of Rome. Varak performed the role of Dorabella in a fully-staged production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Opera Academy of the Hague and recently sang in Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera Amelia al ballo in the composer’s spiritual home of Spoleto, where Menotti ran the prestigious Festival Dei Due Mondi for most of his life./

Aurhelia Varak’s performances in oratorio range from recent performances at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Italy, to starring in a gala concert with the Armenian Philharmonic. In recital, Varak has performed in France, Italy and Holland her diverse repertoire ranges from Italian 16th century to 21st century song.

Varak won 2nd Prize at the 2011 Leoncavallo International Singing Competition in Italy. She is the recipient of a 2005 grant from the Wagner Foundation in Venice, won the Special Jury Prize in the 2000 International Maîtres du Chant Français Competition.

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