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Born in Armenia, the bass Arutjun Kotchinian studied music at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Yevgeny Nesterenko and Helmuth Rilling. He went on to win several important singing competitions, including the Belvedere Competition in Vienna in 1995, the ARD-Munich Competition in 1996, the BBC Singer of the World and the Placido Dimongo Operalia in 1997 and the Maria Callas Competition in Athens in 1999.

His first successes were in the Mozart roles: Leporello DON GIOVANNI and the title role of DON GIOVANNI at De Vlaamse Opera Antwerp. He made his very successful debut in the role of DON GIOVANNI at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona then following his debut as Ramphis AIDA in 1997 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin he was invited by Götz Friedrich to join the company and he has remained one of their leading basses. He has enjoyed particular success in Italian roles with the company. These include Sir Giorgio I PURITANI; Count Rodolfo LA SONNAMBULA; Wurm LUISA MILLER, Zaccaria NABUCCO, Colline LA BOHEME and Alvise LA GIOCONDA in addition to Pimen BORIS GODOUNOV, Gremin EUGENE ONEGIN, Méphistophélés FAUST and the Bass Solo in the staged version of the VERDI MESSA DA REQUIEM.

His international career includes appearances with La Scala, Milan as Wurm LUISA MILLER under Lorin Maazel and with Los Angeles Opera as Zaccaria NABUCCO and Ramphis AIDA. He has appeared regularly with the Royal Opera Covent Garden where he has sung Walter LUISA MILLER, Ferrando IL TROVATORE, Timur TURANDOT and Méphistophélés FAUST. At Teatro La Fenice di Venezia he appeared as Zaccaria NABUCCO and Wurm LUISA MILLER. At the Gran Teatre del Liceu he sang the title role of DON GIOVANNI, OEDIPUS REX, and Pimen BORIS GODOUNOV. He appeared at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse singing Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, at the Orange Festival as Ferrando IL TROVATORE and at the Teatro Real Madrid sang Pimen BORIS GODOUNOV. He also appeared in the Bayerische Staatsoper's new production of EUGENE ONEGIN as Gremin and at the New National Theatre Tokyo as Ramphis AIDA.

Other recent role debuts have been as Fiesco SIMONE BOCCANEGRA at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste repeating the role in San Diego; Filippo II DON CARLO at Oper der Stadt Köln, DON QUICHOTTE at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Méphistophélés LA DAMNATION DE FAUST in Prague and Pogner DIE MEISTERSINGER in Berlin.

Conductors with whom he has appeared include Gerd Albrecht, Maurizio Benini, Lawrence Foster, Daniele Gatti, Marek Janovski, Michael and Vladimir Jurowski, Jesús López-Cobos; Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Daniel Oren, Mstislav Rostropovich, Christian Thielemann and Marcello Viotti.

Recordings on CD include Hindemith DIE HARMONIE DER WELT (RSO Berlin under Marek Janowski) Resnicek RITTER BLAUBART (RSO Berlin under Michael Jurowski, Shostakovich SYMPHONIES NO. 13 and No. 14 under Dmitri Kitajenko.

Recordings on DVD include Wurm LUISA MILLER (Gran Teatro La Fenice di Venezia) and Stapps GERMANIA (Deutsche Opera Berlin).

Future engagements include new productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin of AIDA and TURANDOT and OEDIPE and SIMONE BOCCANEGRA at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse. He will also appear in RIGOLETTO in San Diego.

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