Gohar Gasparyan

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Gohar Gasparyan with her students. Left to right: Karine Jalalbekyan (Armenia), Mari Tombulian (Greece), Yelena Hovhannisyan (Armenia), Gohar Gasparyan, Armenuhi Tovmasian (USA), David Varjabed (Canada), Shakeh Aschyan (Armenia), Ellada Chakhoyan (Armenia), Olga Zakharyan (Armenia).

Gohar Gasparyan (Armenian: Գոհար Գասպարյան; 14 December 1924 – 16 May 2007) also known as the "Armenian nightingale", was an Armenian opera singer.

Born in an Armenian family in Cairo, Gasparyan studied at a Music Academy in the city. In 1948, she migrated to Soviet Armenia along with thousands of other Armenians from the Middle East.

She performed at the Yerevan Opera Theatre in 23 operas during her long career, as well as performing at concerts.[1] She also taught at the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory. Gasparyan was a People's Artist of the USSR, Socialist Work hero and Mesrop Mashtots order-bearer.

Gohar Gasparyan died in Yerevan and is buried at Komitas Pantheon.[2]

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  1. ^ Rouben Paul Adalian Historical Dictionary of Armenia 2010 Page 454 "The soprano Gohar Gasparian (1924–2007) monopolized the opera house in Yerevan, and Lusine Zakarian (1937–92) performed a wide range of Armenian music including concertized sacred music.
  2. ^ Gasparyan's memorial tombstone at Komitas Pantheon

Davt'yan, R. G.: Hayots' sokhake: Gohar Gasparyan. Vol. 1. Erevan 2008. ISBN 978-99941-42-87-3 (In Armenian)

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