Samling Showcase Artist Profile: Arshak Kuzikyan

Samling Artist, bass-baritone Arshak Kuzikyan, took part in Samling Artist Programme in 2014.

This time we’re profiling Armenian bass-bartione Arshak Kuzikyan.

Arshak is currently studying with Dennis O’Neill at the Welsh International Academy of Voice. He graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2015 under the tutelage of Scott Johnson, having previously graduated from the Yerevan State Conservatory in 2005. Arshak was awarded the Independent Opera Prize in his final year at the Royal Conservatoire and was generously supported by The Hamilton Duval Music Scholarship.

Arshak’s roles include Dulcamara, L’elisir d’amore (International Opera Studio Gijon, Spain), Colline, La Bohème (International Opera Studio Gijon, Spain), Sir John Falstaff, Sir John in Love (RCS), Leporello, Don Giovanni (Armenian Opera Theatre), Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor (Yerevan Opera Studio), Tempo and Nettuno, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (RCS), Publio, La clemenza di Tito, (RCS) Rambaldo, La Rondine (RCS) and Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro (Trentino music festival, Italy and RCS).

Arshak’s prizes include first prize at Pvael Lisitian and Tatevik Sazandaryan (Armenia), Russian Song Prize 2013 (RCS), First Prize at Ye Cronies Opera Award 2014 (RCS) and First Prize at Les Azuriales International singing competition (France). He is a scholarship holder from George Solti Academia and had the privilege of working in masterclasses with Dennis O’Neill, Angela Gheorghiu and Richard Bonynge in Italy, 2012.

Recent reviews have said:
“Arshak Kuzikyan in the title role displayed a delightfully full-voiced bass sound and plenty of character.”
and
“Arshak Kuzikyan gave a genuinely characterful performance as Falstaff, strongly supported by the male cast.”

You can find out a bit more about Arshak, and hear him perform, here, or see him perform a song by Rachmaninoff here.

There are still some tickets available for the Samling Showcase on 4th November from Wigmore Hall. Online:  www.wigmore-hall.org.uk or by calling: 020 7935 2141.