Rising Armenian soprano Mané Galoyan enters her third year of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the 2017-2018 season, where she will make her role debut as Violetta in La traviata, as well as the Confidante in Elektra.
In the 2016-17 season, Ms. Galoyan performed Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Houston Grand Opera. She also performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G with the San Antonio Symphony and gave recitals at Balliol College at Oxford University, the Opera America Emerging Artists Recital series in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Mané Galoyan made her Houston Grand Opera debut as the Kitchen Girl in Rusalka in the 2015-2016 season, where she also performed the roles of Margaret Hughes in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, the Forest Bird in Siegfried, and Lucy Goodman in the world premiere of David Hanlon and Stephanie Fleischmann’s After the Storm, produced by HGOco. That same season, Ms. Galoyan made her Wolf Trap Opera debut as Smorfiosa in Florian Leopold Gassmann’s L’opera seria.
Ms. Galoyan’s extensive concert performances include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Schubert’s Mass in G and Mass in C, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, all with the Armenian National Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Fauré Requiem with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mané Galoyan is a winner of numerous international competitions, including First Prize in the 27th Eleanor McCollum Competition and Concert of Arias with Houston Grand Opera, Third Prize in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Fourth Prize in the 6th International Vocal Competition China in Ningbo, Third Prize in the 2017 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, a 2014 prize in the Has Gabor Belvedere Competition, and first prize in the Bibigul Tulegenova International Singing Competition in Kazakhstan.
Ms. Galoyan holds two degrees from the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory in Armenia, where she was named the 2013 winner of the President of the Republic of Armenia Youth Prize. She was also a participant in the HGO Young Artist Vocal Academy in 2013.
Iranian pianist, coach, and conductor, Sahar Nouri, has served as a member of the music staff at Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera North Carolina, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera in the Heights, Utah Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre, Steam Boat Springs Opera and Merola Opera.
In 2017-18, Ms. Nouri returns to Opera Colorado as principal coach for productions of La bohème, and the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me (by Gerald Cohen). She also resumes her work as chorus master and principal coach with Opera in the Heights for productions of La fille du régiment and Candide.
Last season, she worked on productions of La fanciulla del West (Opera Colorado), Madama Butterfly and Turn of the Screw (Dallas Opera), La gazza ladra and La bohème (Glimmerglass Festival), Les pêcheurs de perles (Opera in the Heights and North Carolina Opera), and Cavalleria rusicana (Steam Boat Springs Opera).
At the Houston Grand Opera, where she was a member of the studio 2014-16, Ms. Nouri worked on the world premieres of Prince of Players (by Carlisle Floyd) and O Columbia! (by Gregory Spears), as well as on many classic operas including: Eugene Onegin, Rusalka, Carousel, The Little Prince, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, and Sweeney Todd. In 2016-17, Ms. Nouri returned to HGO frequently as a guest coach for the studio program, YAVA (Young Artists Vocal Academy) and as a conductor for an HGOco production.
As a recitalist, Ms. Nouri has performed numerous concerts across the nation, most recently: with Matthew Polenzani at Denver Art Museum Gala, with Mane Galoyan at Musical Bridges Around the World in San Antonio, and with various Houston Grand Opera artists at the Reinzi Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
A multi-lingual coach, Ms. Nouri has completed several language courses in Europe (the Czech Republic, Italy, and Austria) and is frequently in demand as a language coach. She holds graduate degrees from of the University of Michigan, where she studied with Martin Katz, and from Arizona State University.
Ms. Nouri is a former violinist who has performed with Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra and won several prizes, for both violin and piano, in national music festivals and competitions in Iran.