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Elvira Uzunian, soprano

Elvira Uzunian was a principal soloist at the Armenian State Opera House. During a distinguished 30-year career, she played 25 leading roles. She was also much in demand as a solo concert artist, with more than 100 performances taped by the Soviet National Radio Network in Moscow. A film career and regularly published articles on music in the press enhanced her status as an outstanding and unique exponent of the art.

Elvira Uzunian was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. While still a student at the Tbilisi State Conservatory, she took part in a competition held at the Armenian State Opera House in 1962. She was immediately invited to join the Opera Company. While singing most of the classic repertoire, she gained great popularity in Georgia and Armenia for her performances of national folk operas. (She was made a People's Artist of both Armenia and Georgia.) She was awarded the title of People's Artist in both Armenia and Georgia.

She also scored a triumph as Maria in the first production of "West Side Story" to be staged in the Soviet Union. An avid promoter of operatic art, Ms. Uzunian created a unique and successful cycle of concerts titled "From the Pages of Opera". She performed arias, duets, excerpts from operas by many composers from Mozart to Menotti. She pioneered this form of concert performances in the Soviet Union.

Ms. Uzunian performed throughout the former Soviet Union. Performances and concert tours have taken her to Germany, Canada, Egypt, Eastern European countries, South East Asia, and the United States.

S022586CD - My Armenia
S022599CD - The Art of Elvira Uzunian

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