Armenian-American Soprano Ani Maldjian has been described as a "remarkable soprano," with a voice that is "richly mature and full of lyric nuance," and her singing "elegant, commanding, brilliant, fresh and strong…definitely a name to watch as she rises through the ranks of young sopranos."
Ms. Maldjian is largely known for her portrayal as Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank. This one-woman opera has brought Ani recognition and success all over the US, UK, Europe and Republic of Ireland over the past six years. The LA Times wrote, "Discovering talent like Maldjian's is no easy feat."
Maldjian has performed over 35 major operatic roles with companies such as Long Beach Opera, Seattle Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Theatre Company of Ireland, Opera Santa Barbara, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic, among many others. Roles include Musetta, Nannetta, Lauretta, Leila, Cleopatra, Adele, Despina, Clorinda and her Armenian title roles as Zvart, Armine and Zemire, premiered in Los Angeles. With a great passion and enthusiasm for 20th and 21st century music, she has also performed the title roles in The Diary of Anne Frank, Les Mamelles de Tiresias and The Cunning Little Vixen, Madame Mao in Nixon in China, Nuria in Ainadamar, Fire/Princess in L’enfant et les sortileges, Princess (#1) in Susa’s Transformations, among several others.
She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from The California State University of Northridge. She received additional opera training at Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and OperaWorks.
She was the First Place Winner of the Western Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2005, at the young age of 23.
In the non-operatic world, Ani has been featured as a vocalist on Serj Tankian’s (lead singer of “System of a Down”) solo albums, Buckethead’s latest album, and the soundtracks of “Eve and the Firehorse” and “Curious George: Sock Monkey Opera.” She is also a frequent opera lecturer for middle schools in Southern California and is the co-owner and designer of a Jewelry Company named “Solo by Ani Maldjian.”