"TORNATE ALL'ANTICO E SARÀ UNA PROGRESSO" LET US TURN TO THE PAST — THAT WILL BE PROGRESS
~ Giuseppe Verdi
Ziazan has a very rare voice: soprano and contralto in one. Inspired by the range, ease and control of the singers of the so-called Golden Age of singing, she has spent many years practicing the teaching and singing methods of the past, adapted to her unusual instrument. She hopes to contribute to the understanding of this rare voice type; her introduction to the subject is currently in print. She is passionate about bringing the ancient singing technique up to date for modern music, and her approach, as well as her unique sound, has inspired and intrigued composers such as Anna Meredith, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Richard Bullen and Barrington Pheloung.
Ziazan has made music all her life, and is a conservatoire-trained trumpeter as well as pianist, lutenist and harper.
"this is the future"
"an absolutely gorgeous voice"
"I've never heard anything quite like it"
"it's fabulous to see her play all those different instruments so well... Bravo to her!"
"Outstanding. Her legato line is exquisite."
“Such beautiful singing!!! Just mesmerising @LSO St Lukes.”
Beautiful! Not something you hear from any singer now. The richness of the voice is extraordinary... with a quality of the castrato
Dame Emma Kirkby
Dr Edward Foreman
Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3
by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian
Setting of a poem by Gevork Dodokhian. Performed by Levon Chilingirian, Tom Norris and Ziazan.
An impromptu and improvised duet with a nightingale on 1st May 2015.
by Pedro Faria Gomes
Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra. Performed 11 February 2017
by Cevanne Horrocks Hopayian
Commissioned by London Symphony Orchestra. Performed 11 February 2017