Full Time Faculty
ARAM BARSAMIAN, baritone, Director of Opera Studies, Fullerton College.
After receiving his B. M. degree from CSU Fullerton and his M.M. degree from University of Southern California, baritone Aram Barsamian made his professional operatic debut as Schaunard in La bohème at Sacramento Opera. After his performance of the role Belcore in The Elixir of Love at Pacific Repertory Opera, and Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Merola Opera Program, he made his San Francisco Opera debut in Britten’s Death in Venice. He appeared as Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Opera Santa Barbara, where he returned for Carmen. Mr. Barsamian debuted at Nevada Opera as Pish-Tush in The Mikado, and was asked to return the following season as Schaunard. In 2001 he sang the role of Pish-Tush in Eugene, Oregon. As a favorite with Sacramento Opera audiences, he has sung in 12 productions with the company, among which are La Cenerentola, Faust, and Carmen. In 2006 the baritone sang the leading role of Belfiore in Verdi’s comic opera Un giorno di regno, with Lyric Opera of Los Angeles. A great advocate for Jules Massenet’s music, Mr. Barsamian performed the composer’s two-act opera Thérèse in concert in New York. Consequently, he became the co-founder of The Thérèse Project, an organization dedicated to the presentation of revivals of the opera. At La Sierra University he sang Belcore in The Elixir of Love, where he also performed Papageno in The Magic Flute, and an Opera Gala.
An active concert artist, Mr. Barsamian sang in “Debbie and Friends”, the concert that inaugurated CSU Fullerton's Meng Concert Hall in 2006, singing alongside distinguished CSUF alumna, dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt. Mr. Barsamian began his teaching career in 2001 at La Sierra University, where he directed/conducted Massenet’s operas Cendrillon and Thaïs, as well as Pauline Viardot’s salon opera Cendrillon. The baritone has also served on the voice faculties of Mount San Antonio College, Cypress College, Orange Coast College, Pasadena City College, and the Montecito International Music Festival. His recital programs honoring the poetry of two great poets, Petrarch and Heine, have been performed numerous times at several local colleges. As a member of (and frequent soloist with) the Pacific Chorale since 2004, Mr. Barsamian is currently the bass section leader, as well as Assistant to the Artistic Director. He can be heard as the baritone soloist on the Delos recording of Frank Ticheli’s The Shore.
Mr. Barsamian is currently the Director of Opera Studies at Fullerton College, and an Adjunct Professor of Voice at CSU Long Beach.