YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—President Serzh Sarkisian and First Lady Rita Sarkisian, family and friends and a number of admirers bid last farewell to the beloved singer Ofelya Hambardzymyan.
Hambardzumyan was a renowned Armenian singer and passed away on June 13 at the age of 91.
She had been the soloist of the Aram Merangulyan Folk Instruments Ensemble of Public Radio of Armenia since 1944.
Her repertoire includes classical Armenian music and folk songs. She is especially recognized for her interpretations of Sayat-Nova’s songs. She has also performed the music of Fahrad, Jivani, Sheram.
In 1959, Hambardzumyan was awarded the People’s Artist of the USSR. In 2011, she was awarded the Mesrop Mashtots Medal.