- Svetlana Sarkisyan
(b Constantinople, 1837; d Smyrna, Feb 25, 1898). Armenian composer and conductor . He studied in Constantinople, then at the Milan Conservatory (1861–4). On his return to Armenia he took part in the activities of the Armenian Musical Society; he also worked with the Gusanergakan Music Theatre and with the Arevelyan T‘adron, the theatre of the Constantinople Armenians. In 1868 he completed the opera Arshak Erkrord (‘Arshak II’), to a libretto by T. T‘erzian, which marked the beginning of Armenian national opera. Excerpts were performed in Constantinople, Venice, Paris and Vienna during the composer’s lifetime. The score, which was thought to have been lost, was discovered in Erevan in 1942, and a version revised by Shahverdyan and Khodjia-Eynatov to a libretto by A. Gulakyan was given in 1945. In the 1870s Tchukhatjian wrote the comic operas Arifi khardakhutyunê (based on Gogol’s comedy The Inspector General), Kyose K‘ehya...