Acclaimed for her “smoldering stage presence,” (The New York Times) her “richly-hued voice” (BBC Music magazine) and how she “brought many to tears” (The New York Times), the New York based American-Argentinean mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian has garnered an international reputation for her versatility and interpretation as a recitalist, chamber musician, and opera singer in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, folk, tango, cabaret and world music. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the non for profit organization, New Docta, and the New Docta Festival in Argentina.
Highlights include critically praised “ tour de force” principal role in Maria de Buenos Aires, Opera Tango by Piazzolla; Amor Brujo by de Falla; singing at Madison Square Garden in NYC, representing Argentina with the National Anthem; French pop debut for the Hollywood movie The Hundred-foot Journey: “My mind is a stranger without you”; and as a special guest performer at the UN General Assembly for India’s 70th Independence Day with renown multi award winner composer and singer AR Rahman.
This season she sang the title role of Maria in Piazzolla’s Tango Opera Maria de Buenos Aires with the Fort Worth Opera, The Atlanta Opera, as well as a brand new production in the opening season of the new opera house, Teatro del Bicentenario in San Juan, Argentina. She also presented solo recitals and chamber music concerts in, Fort Worth at Kimball Museum, in NYC, Cordoba, Buenos Aires, and London, among other cities. Other recent performances include Soloist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Soloist in Amor Brujo by De Falla with the Knoxville Symphony, collaborations as part of the New Docta Ensemble.
In 2015 she finished a four-year world tour with the Philip Glass Ensemble, in the award-winning production of the landmark opera Einstein on the Beach directed by Robert Wilson, composed by Philip Glass, and choreographed by Lucinda Childs.
In April 2015, she performed as a soloist with the American Chamber Orchestra, she was also invited to sing at the United Nations on April 24 in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. In the summer of 2015 toured Russia and Armenia with the Shushi Armenian Dance Ensemble.
She has also appeared in “Dawn Upshaw and Friends” (Classical Singer Convention) and Dawn Upshaw and Osvaldo Golijov’s Composing Song (Zankel Hall at Carnegie).
Solange Merdinian graduated with a Master in Voice and Vocal Performance from Bard College Conservatory and she received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School. She is an effective advocate for social, educational, and cultural programs through music. In spring 2019, she will release her debut solo album entitled “Composing Roots” with guitarist Federico Diaz and pianist Pablo Zinger.