VAHAN
SALORIAN

COMPOSER/ORCHESTRATOR

PRODUCTIONS

“Episodes”

The Opera Story 2020

 

A series of short songs, made during lockdown by multiple composers and librettists. -The Skype Call -Egg -Love and Light

To watch them all, visit

theoperastory.com/production/episodes/

The common themes that run between these two fairy tales are examined in a dark and bloody production commissioned by contemporary opera company, The Opera Story.

Libretto: Dominic Kimberlin

Composer: Vahan Salorian

Director: Pedro Ribeiro

Conductor: Paul Wingfield

 

Starring:

Alice Privett

Nicholas Lester

Carolyn Dobbin

Daniel Keating-Roberts

Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs

The Opera Story 2018

“Extraordinary that with only 10 musicians there should be such orchestral richness... a swinish pearl of an opera”

 

 

 

- The Observer

“The entire opera is set against a score that is positively filmic. Get the Oscars over and

done with and hand this opera over to Guillermo del Toro – it could be stunning on screen.”

 

- Candid Magazine

“A wonderfully confident piece of music theatre, certainly nothing like any contemporary

opera which I have recently experienced”-

 

 

- Planet Hugill

Boys of Paradise

workshOPERA/Téte aTéte 2015/16

“Rarely have we wanted an opera to continue longer than it did. Rarely has immersive,

integrative theatre been so seamless, organized, and cohesive”

 

- Schmopera

“Truly genre-breaking”

 

- Bachtrack

Nominated for a British New Music Theatre award, this immersive night-club opera received two revivals at the legendary London venue, EGG.

Twink, Cub and Fag Hag are three friends on a night out in fictional gay club Paradaezia. As the evening descends into debauchery, Twink soon discovers the price of a high is an inevitable low.

Libretto: Dominic Kimberlin

Composer: Vahan Salorian

Director: Anna Pool

 

Starring:

Guy Elliot, Piran Legg, Iestyn Morris, Jack Holton, Sam Carl, Max Lettermann, Adam O’Shea, Emily Kyte, Natalie Davies...

"A unique brand of theatre that has the potential to deconstruct and revitalise the world of opera and theatre"

 

- A Younger Theatre

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bio

I am a composer and arranger living in London.

 

I completed a BMus(Hons) degree in Classical Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015, supported by The Worshipful Company of Skinners.

 

My first major work outside of GSMD, the ‘Boys of Paradise’ operetta, received a British New Music Theatre Award nomination and its third revival at EGG London in October 2017. ‘Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs’, commissioned by ’The Opera Story’, premiered in February 2018. Like “Boys of Paradise”, this work also explored the immersive aspects of theatre in unconventional spaces, a particular area of interest in my work.

In 2019, I was commissioned by Tete a Tete to write one of their pop-up operas, performed around the Kings Cross area as part of their summer festival.

 

This year I teamed up with drag queen flautist Miss Kylie Fortissimo on ’Find Your Inner Diva'- a piece for flautist and electronics, intended to premiere at the National Flute Convention in the USA (postponed to 2021). I collaborated with award-winning performance artist Bryony Kimmings on the BBC4 / ENO documentary ‘Single Mum’s Do Opera’- which premiers in September. This project has since been awarded an Arts Council England grant to be further developed into a full-length opera. Future works include The Opera Story’s 2021 commission, a multi-media retelling of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ and ‘The Becket Pageant’- an open-air musical staged as part of a City of London Festival at The Guildhall next year.

 

contact

vahan@live.co.uk