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Anahit Mekhitarian (also spelled Mkhitaryan or Mkhitarian) (Armenian: Անահիտ Մխիթարյան; Russian: Анаит Мхитарян; born March 6, 1969) is an Armenian operatic soprano. A leading soloist of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet of Armenia, she was conferred the title of Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia in 2003. In 2013 on the occasion of Republic day, she was awarded medal for Merit to the Fatherland . She has won first prize at three international singing competitions: the Francesc Viñas International Singing Competition (Spain, 1990), the Vincenzo Bellini International Competition (Italy, 1991), and the Julián Gayarre International Singing Competition (Spain, 1996).
Mekhitarian, was born in Echmiadzin, Armenia. She graduated with Honours from the Yerevan Conservatory, first in the piano department and then in the voice department.
In 1990, at the 28th International Francesc Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona, Spain, with Magda Oliviero as the president of the judging panel, Mekhitarian won the First Prize. Less than a year later, in 1991, she was awarded the First Prize at the 23rd Vincenzo Bellini International Competition in Sicily, with Dame Joan Sutherland as the president of the judging panel. Her third victory came in 1996, when she won the First Prize at the 6th Julián Gayarre International Singing Contest in Pamplona, Spain, with José Carreras as the president of the jury.