Raffi’s voice has spiritual Armenian resonance, while his singing reflects his expansive cultural perspective. He has recently performed as a soloist and ensemble member with New Hope Singers at large outreach concerts in Toronto and Montreal, Canada; and Los Angeles and Fresno, California.
In the New Hope Singers collection. Lord, I Come to You, he solos in “On the Earth’s Gray Shores” and “The Healing Touch,” and he is the solo tenor in New Hope Singers duet CD, A New Song of Praise.
Born in Lebanon, Raffi began his musical career singing in school and church choirs. He later studied operatic choral performance in Teatro Colon’s workshops during the three years he lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and also studied voice with Elisabeth Pehlivanian.
In Southern California, Raffi has performed with numerous opera companies as a tenor soloist, as well as with Lark Musical Society. Some of his solo performance credits include Handel’s Messiah, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He is a very popular tenor soloist, appearing frequently for non-profit and Armenian organizations throughout Southern California.