Ziazan — Raider of the lost Art
Lone pioneer of the lost technique of Bel Canto, combining historical scholarship with unusual vocal powers, Ziazan aims to start a renaissance of singing as it was in its so-called ‘Golden Age’.
A conservatoire-trained musician, who plays trumpet, keyboards, clarsach and lute, she sings and lectures on singing, aiming at a re-think of what is possible with the voice.
She has had vocal training from Rae Woodland, Stephen Varcoe and Dame Emma Kirkby, and is receiving assistance in her research from Professor Edward Foreman, the leading scholar on historical singing.
Her first major opera role was at Snape Maltings (Tarantula in Petrol Blue) at the age of 18, in a role written for her unusual range by Anna Meredith; she has performed English lute songs in the Millennium Centre, Cardiff; Armenian songs of Komitas at the South Bank (Celebrating Sanctuary), GSMD, and the Museum of Wales; Handel with members of the London Symphony Orchestra at the Cello Factory, new music by Richard Bullen at Handel House, and arias for solo soprano and solo baritone by her sister, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, in oratorio, in concert and on Late Junction, Radio 3 and Resonance FM. She also performed in the acclaimed Radio Sweden broadcast, "DJ Helga's Pirate Radio and the Evolution of Eve'.
At 17 she was awarded diplomas in trumpet and singing by Trinity College. She studied trumpet and piano at JGSMD and historic singing at RWCMD.
She has played trumpet in numerous national brass competitions, at the BBC Proms, for the Britten-Pears foundation, at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Snape Maltings.
She can be seen in immersive theatre performances by Clockwork Watch, most recently for the Longitude Prize celebrations at Greenwich. She is currently rehearsing a one-woman play bringing the story of Trilby and Svengali to life with music and insights from her research.
She also had the special honour of singing at the funeral of Rae Woodland, her teacher.