Opera Diva from Australia-Mary-Jean O’Doherty is an officially confirmed member of Armenian super group genealogy, which will represent Armenia in Eurovision 2015!
Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian’s stunning and crystal clear voice of coloratura soprano filled many famous Opera Houses. Mary-Jean was born in Houston, Texas (USA) to an Armenian-Greek mother and an Australian father. Her mother Eliza Vasmatzian studied art with Maestro Sebouh Abcarian, as well as sang in his choir and studied music with Vahan Bedelian. Being proud of her Armenian roots and origin Mary-Jean was inspired by famous Armenian composer, singer, musicologist and priest Komitas; it was because of her mother’s Armenian education that Mary-Jean was encouraged to study dance, flute and singing.
Mary-Jean debuted at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in 2011 singing in Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular concert and in 2012 took a young artist residency with the Opera Theater of St. Louis. That included the role of Alice in the American premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. In 2013 Mary-Jean performed the Title Role in Lulu for Welsh National Opera. She sang the role of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann for Opera Project, Vassal Lady in Götterdämmerung at the Longborough Festival, and Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor for Burry Port Opera. In 2013 Mary-Jean won the first prize in Paris Opera Awards. She won The Mathy Award, and sung in the final concert with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Maestro Richard Bonynge.
Paris Opera Awards 2013 / Final at Gaveau
This year Mary-Jean will be presenting Armenia in Vienna at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest along with 5 other talented artists, all with Armenian background. Currently she is actively involved in the preparation process of the first Semi-Final of Eurovision that will take place on May 19.
So we have only ONE artist missing 🙂 Stay tuned to find out who is goin to be the last member of Genealogy!