Mary-Jean is thrilled and honored to be the fifth member of the band Genealogy representing Armenia (and the continent of Australia) for Eurovision Song Contest 2015!
Mary-Jean Anaïs is an international coloratura soprano of Armenian ancestry who has Australian, US and Greek/EU Citizenship. She has performed in many opera houses and concert halls in Australia, the UK and Europe. Her operatic roles include: The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos).
She was the First Prize winner of the 2013 Paris Opera Awards. She was a finalist for the Stuart Burrows International Vocal Competition in June 2011 as well as for the 10th Aragall Singing competition in Sabadell, Spain in 2010. She was a finalist for the Australian Singing Competition Mathy Award in 2007 and the winner of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award in 2007.
Recently, she sang the role of "The Queen of the Night" for Opera Project's production of The Magic Flute, covered the title role for Welsh National Opera's production of Lulu (2013), covered "The Maid" in Thomas Adés's Powder Her Face for English National Opera (2014), sang the role of "Konstanze" for the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) of Tel Aviv's production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2014) and covered the roles of "Marzelline" in Fidelio, and "Despina" in Cosi fan tutte for the Tiroler Festspiele Erl Winter Festival (2014/2015).
In November 2011 she made her debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London, singing the Queen of the Night's aria in Raymond Gubbay's Classical Spectacular. In March 2011 she performed the title role of "Lucia" in Prague State Opera's production of Lucia di Lammermoor, and reprised the role there in September 2011. In the Autumn of 2010 she performed the role of "Najade" and covered the role of "Zerbinetta" for Welsh National Opera's production of Ariadne auf Naxos.
In February (2010) she performed the role of "The Queen of the Night" in Opera Ddraig’s production of The Magic Flute in Cardiff, UK; and in the summer of 2009 she performed the role of "Carolina" in CIAV's production of Il Matrimonio Segreto in Barga, Italy. In 2008, Mary-Jean sang the role of "Galatea" in Pacific Opera's production of Franz von Suppé's Gorgeous Galatea in Sydney and was "Young Heidi" in The Production Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies in Melbourne.
Mary-Jean studied singing in Sydney Australia with world-renowned soprano Arax Mansourian. In 2008, she was the first recipient of the Australian International Opera Award (AIOA), a scholarship to study at Cardiff University's acclaimed International Academy of Voice (CIAV) in Cardiff, Wales, directed by the renowned tenor Dennis O'Neill, CBE.
Mary-Jean is the daughter of Armenian mother Eliza Basmadjian, and Australian father Brian O'Doherty. Eliza was born in Heraklion, Crete to survivors of the Armenian Genocide and received her high school education at the Melkonian Educational Institute (MEI) in the science division. Eliza studied art and music with Maestros Sebouh Abcarian and Vahan Bedelian. It was (in part) because of her mother's Armenian education that Mary-Jean was encouraged to study dance, flute and singing.