Photo credit André Chevrier
Canadian tenor Sarkis Barsemian is quickly becoming known for his charm and noble presence on stage. His bright lyric voice and ease with the upper register is well suited for the romantic leads of Mozart and bel canto repertoire. He appeared as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Rodrigo in Verdi’s Otello, Tonio in Donizetti’s La fille du Régiment, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Armand de Claval in Massenet’s Thérèse, Saro from the opera Anoush, Brighella & Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, and the roles of Andrès, Spalanzani, Franz, and Pitichnaccio in Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
Mr. Barsemian was invited to sing with many Canadian symphony orchestras. His repertoire includes Bach’s St-John Passion, Easter Oratorio, Magnificat, Cantata 147, Haydn's Missa in Augustiis and Die Jahreszeiten, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Messe Solennelle, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Britten’s Serenade for a Tenor, horn and strings, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and La Misa Criolla of Ramirez and The Serenade of Music of Vaughan Williams.
Mr. Barsemian graduated from McGill University in the music program. He participated in different programs such as the Orford Opera, The Unlimited Summer Festival Opera in New Mexico and Summer Opera Lyric Theater of Toronto. In 1999, He won the first price for the auditions of the natural Chapter of the National Association Of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in Montreal and the second price at NATS 21st Eastern Regions Auditions of New York.