News from Armenia

On July 12th, 2005, Hasmik Papian has received the Order of Saint Sahak – Saint Mesrop from the hands of His Holiness, Karekin II., Catholicos of All Armenians, at the Mother See of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Etchmiatzin. During the event, the Supreme Patriarch pointed out that Hasmik Papian has conquered the most important operatic stages of the world and has appeared side by side with the most illustrious singers already within short time after her debut in her native Yerevan and thus brought honour to the world of Armenian music art. Throughout her international career, Karekin said, she has always kept a deep relationship with her people and her culture and has proved to be a worthy daughter of the Armenian Church. The congregation concluded the ceremony blessing the singer and wishing her further success in her artistic life.