Maestro move: An American takes charge in Armenia

Armenia’s National Academic Opera and Ballet in Yerevan has appointed Constantine Orbelian as artistic director.

Orbelian, 59, was born in San Francisco and made his name as a concert pianist, recording extensively for Delos. His late uncle, for whom he is named (and sometimes confused), was a successful Armenian-Russian film composer.

In 1991 he became chief conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and in 2014 of the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania.

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