Australia will announce its Eurovision 2015 singer on Thursday morning Sydney time. Perhaps timed with the announcement, Armenia has today revealed its own Diva from Down Under! Australian-Armenian opera star Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian will take up the Australian spot in Genealogy, Armenia’s Eurovision supergroup.
Here’s how AMPTV described her in a message to wiwibloggs:
Mary-Jean’s stunning and crystal clear voice of coloratura soprano filled many famous Opera Houses. It was because of her mother’s Armenian education that Mary-Jean was encouraged to study dance, flute and singing. Being proud of her Armenian roots and origin she was inspired by Armenian composer, singer, musicologist and priest Komitas.
We’ve listened to some of her music and Mary-Jean is on point. She’s got powerful operatic lungs and some major stage presence.
Earlier in February AMPTV revealed that Genealogy will unite various members of the Armenian Diaspora. Five of the acts will come from abroad — and more specifically Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and North America — while a sixth will represent the Motherland Armenia. This is represented visually through a forget-me-not flower, which marks the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Its five petals represent five of members of the Armenian Diaspora, while the centre represents the artist in Armenia.
The following map teased the artists’ current location. We now know that Essai represents France, Tamar Kaprelian represents the United States, Vahe Tilbian represnts Ethiopia, and Stephanie Topalian represents Japan.