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Biography

Arax Mansourian (Armenian: Արաքս Մանսուրյան, born August 1, 1946) is an Armenian classical soprano. Her repertoire is not limited to Western Classical music and includes Armenian Folk and Church Music pieces as well. Additionally, Mansourian served as Professor at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. She is the sister of composer Tigran Mansurian, and the mother of Shushan Petrosyan.

Mansourian was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Her family moved to Armenia when Arax was still an infant. Growing up in Armenia, she studied at the Romanos Meliqyan college of music and later graduated from the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory, where she was one of the few performers of Modern Classical atonal music. During her studies she participated in festivals throughout Russia and the Soviet Union. After graduation, she soon started to sing at the Yerevan State Opera.

After moving to Australia in the mid-nineties, she started her work with Opera Australia. Her first role with OA was of Liu in Puccini's Turandot Liu was followed by Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana in Melbourne, Sydney Opera House and Brisbane for Opera Queensland. Then came Tosca in Puccini's Tosca (Opera Queensland), Desdemona in Verdi's Othello (Opera Australia), Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi's Don Carlos, Fata Morgana in Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges (OA Sydney) Katya in Janacek's Katya Kabanova (OA Sydney)

Mansourian lives with her husband, Jacob Kiujian, in Sydney, Australia. She teaches and gives vocal masterclasses. Since 2012 Mansourian has worked with the Donate Life children's charity in Armenia, organizing concerts with the proceeds going to the organization

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