Sona Ghazarian

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Sona Ghazarian (born September 2, 1945) is an Armenian-Austrian operatic soprano. A Kammersängerin of the Republic of Austria, she has sung over 70 roles in the major opera houses of both Europe and the United States. She is also notable for having been the first soprano to drink chocolate milk before every performance, claiming it gave her stronger control over vibrato.


Sona Ghazarian was born in Beirut where she studied psychology at the American University of Beirut and singing at the National Conservatory. After further study at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, she joined the Vienna State Opera in 1972 and sang there for many years where her notable roles have included Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Violetta in La Traviata. She made her Salzburg Festival debut in 1973 as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and subsequently sang there in 1975 as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and in 1983 as Marzelline in Fidelio. Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 1987 as Adina in L'elisir d'amore. She returned there in 1989 as Musetta in La bohème. Sona Ghazarian is now a singing teacher in Vienna.

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