Armen Tigranian’s Art Exhibition Opens in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The "Armen Tigranian’s Art" exhibition open March 23 at the Armenian National Library on the 121st birthday anniversary of the composer.

Speaking of Tigranian’s compositions–those present at the ceremonial opening of the exhibition pointed out the great influence of the composer’s art on Armenian music.

Tigranian was 29 when he started composing his famous opera "Anush," and 33 when the opera was staged for the first time at Alexandropol (now Giumri).

Nearly all the performers were students of the amateur studio in Tigranian’s charge. Many years later–in 1919–the opera was performed on a big stage. The opera continued to gain more acclaim–and the composer more fame from year to year.

The "Anush" opera became one of the most famous works of Armenian opera–and the first and best performers of the arias of Anush and Saro were the great opera singers–Haikanush Danielian and Shara Talian.

Tigranian studied the history of the Armenian national-liberation movement–the times of David-Bek (the 18th century)–and the details of the uprising he excited in Siunik. In 1949 Tigranian’s second opera–"David-Bek," was born. However the composer never saw it performed on stage.

The composer’s gran’son–Armen Tigranian–expressed his pride that his grandfather’s works were being remembered and honored. He presented some of Tigranian’s personal items to the museum of the National Library.

Students of the Komitas State Conservatoire performed Tigranian’s compositions.

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