Aravot‘s Sona Hamalian caught up with Constantine Orbelian in Malta while he was the Chairman of the 2018 Malta International Piano Competition:
Maestro Constantine Orbelian is a man with a mission. Never one to be interested in incremental improvements or stop-gap measures, he has been on a passionate, exhilarating quest to turn the beloved institution he serves, the Yerevan Opera House, into one of the world’s premier musical centers.
Orbelian’s tenure at the Yerevan Opera House as its Artistic and General Director, since 2016, has marked the beginning of a new era for the iconic national treasure. From the outset, Orbelian not only planned to modernize the 85-year-old theater, but put into motion a number of core initiatives to significantly raise artistic and professional standards, implement cross-cultural projects, and expand and enrich the artistic programming of the Opera by mounting major productions of operatic masterworks.
But while dedication of this order should be expected of any conductor and general director worth his grain, what is truly astounding about Orbelian is that he has personally sponsored — and continues to sponsor — many of these efforts, in effect functioning as a major benefactor of the Yerevan Opera.