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Arda Mandikian

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Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Armenian
Year of Birth: 1924
Year of Death: 2009

About Arda Mandikian:

Arda Mandikian (1 September 1924 – 8 November 2009) was a Greek-Armenian soprano opera singer. Mandikian launched her career in England. She took on leading roles in London and Edinburgh. In the 1980s she became the assistant director of the Greek National Opera.

Mandikian was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1924. Mandikian's parents, Krikor Mandikian and Beatrike Ananian, were survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The family fled to Athens, Greece, and Mandikian was sent to the Athens Conservatory where she studied under Elvira de Hidalgo. When she was 15 she made her operatic début with Maria Callas. In 1948 she travelled to Britain to meet the scholar and composer Egon Wellesz. Wellesz arranged for her to give a recital that included Greek music written over two millennia. This included Delphic Hymns written in about 128 B.C. She also appeared in Wellesz's Incognita in Oxford. A demonstration of her singing led to regular work. In 1953 she had leading roles in operas in both Paris and London. In that year she was singing in London's Covent Garden in Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten and in 1954 she appeared in Le Coq d’or by Rimsky-Korsakov again at the Royal Opera House.

In 1954 she sang the First Delphic Hymn at the Aldeburgh Festival. This inspired Benjamin Britten to include a similar idea in his The Turn of the Screw. Britten created the role of the ghost Miss Jessel especially for Mandikian. It has been said that Britten made the part so close to Mandikian that it "sounds like Arda, whoever sings it".

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Fear no danger to ensue Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.07-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
2Behold upon my bending spear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: T/Br Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
3The Queen of Carthage Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
4Thanks to these lonesome vales Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
5Shake the cloud from off your brow Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
6Wayward sisters you that fright Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
7Ruin'd ere the set of sun Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
8Grief increases by concealing Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: S Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda/Dido
9Pursue thy conquest love Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
10Whence could so much virtue spring Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz/S SLanguage: English

Roles: Dido/Belinda
11But ere we this perform Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: First Witch/Second Witch
12Our next motion Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
13See see the flags Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress/First Witch
14Haste haste to town Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
15Why did you call me Popularity:

Opera: Turn of the screwComposer: BrittenAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Peter Quint/Miss Jessel
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