YEREVAN (Armenpress) — A funeral ceremony for renowned singer Ophelya Hambardzumyan took place on June 15 at the St. Hovhannes Church in the Kond neighborhood.
Fans said their final farewells the next day at the Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall.
The special governmental commission appointed to organize Ophelya Hambardzumyan’s funeral, chaired by Armenia’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, announced that final ceremonies were conducted on June 16 at Komitas Park and the Pantheon.
A prominent singer, Hambardzumyan passed away at the age of 91 on June 13.
Hambardzumyan was born in Yerevan on January 9, 1925. From a young age, she was recognized for her beautiful voice. She underwent vocal training at the Romanos Melikyan Musical College. In 1944, she became a solo-singer for the Ensemble of Folk Instruments of the Radio of Armenia, where she dedicated her efforts to the ensemble headed by Aram Merangulyan. Her repertoire includes classical Armenian music, ministrel, and folk songs. She is especially recognized for her interpretations of Sayat-Nova’s songs, including Fahradn Mirats and Yis Kanchum em Lalanin.
She also performed the music of Fahrad, Jivani, and Sheram.
In 1959, she was awarded the title People’s Artist of the USSR. In 2011 Hambardzumyan was awarded the Mesrop Mashtots Medal. Hambardzumyan toured extensively throughout the world, performing in various countries such as Lebanon, Syria, France, the US, Egypt and many CIS countries.