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Kallen Esperian, born in Barrington, Illinois on June 8, 1961 , is an Armenian-American lyric soprano.


Esperian, Kallen Rose was born on June 8, 1961 in Waukegan, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Arthur Kalouste Esperian and Mary Anna (Haynes) Parquette.


University of Illinois system. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.


She made her debut in Philadelphia as Mimi in La Bohème in 1986 and subsequently appeared in the film, Distant Harmony while in China with Pavarotti. Since then she has sung at most of the world's important opera houses and has specialised in Italian opera and especially in Verdi roles. Esperian has appeared with Pavarotti in his annual concert, Pavarotti Plus, in 1991 at Lincoln Center and in 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

These concerts have been televised and have been released internationally on CD and video. In 1991, she partnered Pavarotti in Verdi's Luisa Miller at the Met and in 1993, she appeared in the Met Gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo at the house. She sang Desdemona to Pavarotti's Otello and Leonora in Il Trovatore with Pavarotti and Domingo both singing Manrico.

She also sang Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly in 2004, a role she first performed for the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam in 2002 as well as for New Orleans Opera, Opera Carolina in Charlotte, and the Nashville Opera as well as concerts in Johnstown, Memphis, and Mexico City. In 2004 and 2005 Esperian sang Cio Cio San with the Metropolitan Opera of New York in the fall and winter season's performances of Madama Butterfly. The role of Cio Cio San like most other characters she has portrayed is quickly becoming a signature for her.

In 2007, Kallen recorded a CD of rock and jazz classics, which includes a cover of "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin. She also recorded vocals for two songs on the album Aristocrunk, with Memphis rappers Lord T & Eloise. Esperian has sung at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Desdemona in Otello and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra.

She partnered José Carreras in Stiffelio at the Teatro alla Scala, for their first staging of the opera. She played Desdemona opposite Domingo at the Opéra National de Paris. Mimí at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Liú in Turandot, Desdemona, and Alice Ford in Falstaff for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Desdemona and Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Verdi's Requiem at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Falstaff for Los Angeles Opera.

Aida and Tosca for the Semperoper in Dresden. La Traviata with Opera Memphis, and Norma with both Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Memphis. Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she has also been heard as Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and Elisabetta in Don Carlo, under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

She has also sung at the Berlin Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and the Arena di Verona. She has sung the Verdi Requiem with several of the world's great conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Robert Shaw, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Oren, Myung-Whun Chung, and David Zinman. The soprano joined the Opera Orchestra of New York as Desdemona at Carnegie Hall for Carlo Bergonzi's first assumption of the role of Otello at age 75.

Esperian was one of the Three Sopranos produced by Tibor Rudas Theatrical Productions and a soprano counterpart to the Three Tenors. Esperian is the only one of "The Three Sopranos" to have performed individually with each one of the "Three Tenors" in concerts and in opera houses around the world. Currently, Esperian holds the position of Artist in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the year 2011-2012.

Her activities included master classes, classes for voice students and other music students, appearances on campus and off campus, and work with the University of Mississippi Opera Theatre.


  • After earning her degree at the University of Illinois, Kallen Esperian won the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in 1985.


  • Other Work

    • Winner Opera Company Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, 1985, debut with company as Mimi in La Boheme, 1986, further performances in Modena and Genoa, Italy and with Genoa Opera Company in Beijing, also appeared in documentary film of trip, Distant Harmony. Debut as Mimi with Deutsche Oper, West Berlin, 1986, new production, 1988-1989, Lyric Opera Chicago, 1987, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, 1987, Vienna State Opera, 1986, Hannover Opera, 1987, Metropolitan Opera, New York City, 1988, Salzburg Landestheater, 1989. Debut as Luisa Miller Teatro Filharmonico, Verona, Italy, Vienna State Opera, 1986, La Scala Opera, Milan, Italy, 1989.

      Debut as Michaela in Carmen Opera Theatre St. Louis, 1987. Debut as Nedda in Pagliacci Connecticut Opera Company, 1988. Appeared in Pavarotti Plus concert Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, televised live from Lincoln Center.

      Other concerts include benefit Carnegie Hall, 1988, as Leonora in Il Trovatore with Metropolitan Opera Company in Met in the Parks program, 1988, in Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle at Montreal International Festival, 1989, special benefit with Domingo for Opera Omaha and Fresno Philharmonic, 1989-1990. Other engagements include Elena in I Vespri Siciliani at La Scala, Mimi in La Boheme with Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper, Salzburg, Austria, also Munich and Zurich, Switzerland, 1989-1990, Elvira in Don Giovanni with Utah Opera Company, Rossini Stabat Mater, Opera Bastille, Paris, Margerite in Faust, Festival of Orange, Desdemona in Otello, Salzburg, Opera Bastille, 1990, Palermo, 1991, Luisa Miller, Metropolitan Opera, 1991, Verdi Requiem, Opera Bordeaux, Collegiate Chorale, Detroit Symphony, debut with Los Angeles Opera in La Boheme, 1993, opening night of Metropolitan Opera in gala Otello, Maria Stuarda Bologna Opera, 1994, Otello, Bilbao, Spain, 1994, debut Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1995, Aroldo, Verona Arena, Carmen, Staatsoper, Berlin, Pagliacci.


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Member American Guild Museum Artists.


Married Thomas Michael Machen, November 24, 1982. 1 child, John.

Arthur Kalouste Esperian Parquette

Mary Anna (Haynes) Parquette

Thomas Michael Machen

John Esperian