Born in Moscow, Parisian since 1996, follower of her first teacher, the great mezzo-soprano Zara Dolukhanova, famous for her performance with belcanto repertoire and chamber music, Mariam Sarkissian graduated in classical singing from Schola Cantorum (with Anna Maria Bondi) and Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris (with Daniel Ottevaere). She also studied with June Anderson and Viorica Cortez.


Mariam’s specializations are belcanto, art song and chamber music. She appeared in opera (Rosina from Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina from La Cenerentola, Cherubino from Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabelle from Cosi fan tutte, Oreste from Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène, the title-role in Mascagni’s Zanetto…) under the direction of conductors such as Dominique Rouits, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Benjamin Pionnier, Philip Walsh, Jean-Louis Petit, Balázs Máté, Iñaki Encina Oyon, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Alexandre Rudin, Florin Totan…


Mariam Sarkissian is particularly passionate by research and discovery of contemporary, little known or unfairly forgotten vocal chamber music repertoire. She has made many world premiere ​​recordings with the Hungaroton Classic, Suoni e Colori, Brilliant Classics and Megadisc Classics labels, appeared in recitals and chamber music concerts in Europe, the US and Israel.

Acclaimed by critics, she received in 2015 a Golden Orpheus of the French Académie du Disque Lyrique (the highest French reward for vocal music recordings) for her CD « Tristesse des choses » (Sadness of it all), composed of French art songs by César Cui and Piotr Tchaikovsky.


As a singing teacher, Mariam Sarkissian elaborated her own teaching method based on the belcanto tradition schools (Everardi, Lamperti and Garcia schools) and created the concept of the Balance Triangle (Le Triangle de l’Équilibre®), intended to form the tool of expression for various singers and speakers. Her book I think, therefore I sing or The Praise of Cognitive Belcanto, which includes description of her method and her work with opera singers, was published in 2018. In 2019-2020, she is invited to teach at the Legion of Honor School.

Mariam Sarkissian teaches singing and vocal technique at the Atelier Sarkissian in Paris and in masterclasses.

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