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Considered one of the most promising Verdi sopranos of her generation, her remarkable qualities of lirico-spinto soprano have allowed her to tackle a wide operatic repertoire, facing on the one hand both Verdi and Puccini, and on the other hand French, Russian, and chamber music repertoire.
Born in Armenia, she studied piano and singing at the Yerevan National Conservatory, where she obtained a diploma of Higher Studies in Singing with S. Danelian, and later continued her studies in France at the Center de Formation Lyrique de l’Opéra-Bastille.
Throughout her career she has sung roles such as Elizabeth de Valois (Don Carlo) at the Royal Opera House, with Antonio Pappano and Jonas Kaufmann, at the Metropolitan Opera with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with Maestro Zanetti, in Zurich under the baton of Fabio Luisi and at the Verbier Festival with Daniel Harding; Amelia
(Un ballo in maschera) in Bern and Tours; Marguerite (Faust) at the Opéra de Massy; Amelia
Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) at the Metropolitan Opera with Plácido Domingo and
conducted by James Levine, at the Concertgebouw, and in Tours; Mimi (La Bohème) at the
Royal Opera House in John Copley’s iconic production with Piotr Beczala and Plácido Domingo conducting, in Sydney and Tours; Violetta (La Traviata) at the Sanxay Festival; Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) at the Concertgebouw under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon, at the San Francisco Opera with Yves Abel and Jordi Bernàcer, at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Seattle Opera and at the Sanxay Festival; Hélène (Les vêpres siciliennes) at the Royal Opera House with Antonio Pappano in a new production by Stefan Herheim, later released on DVD, in Frankfurt, ABAO and GNO in Athens (Italian version); Desdemona (Otello) at the San Carlo Theater in Naples, directed by Nicola Luisotti, at the Teatro Real, under the baton of Renato Palumbo, in Sydney, at ABAO with musical direction by Riccardo Frizza; Tosca (Tosca) in San Francisco with Riccardo Frizza and at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, under the baton of Nicola Luisotti; Leonora (Il Trovatore) at the San Carlo Theater in Naples, under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, and at the Royal Opera House, first with Gianandrea Noseda and later under the baton of Richard Farnes; Iolanta (Iolanta) in concert version with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov; the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur in La Monnaie, conducted by Evelino Pidò.
Her concert repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem (Teatro Real de Madrid), Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Requiem. In addition, she has sung in the Verdi Gala at the Royal Opera House in Muscat in collaboration with the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, under the baton of Sebastian Lang-Lessing, in an Opera Gala at the Festival d’Annecy and in various recitals in United States, France, Italy, Spain, and Armenia.
Her recent performances include her role debut as Nedda from I Pagliacci and Manon Lescaut at the San Francisco Opera; Cio-Cio-San from Madama Butterfly at the Wiener Staatsoper, at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Iolanta at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía; Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos at the Staatsoper Hamburg; Leonora from Il trovatore at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Tosca in Malmö and Bolshoi; La Bohème in Las Palmas and Un ballo in maschera at the Teatro de la Maestranza.
Among her engagements for the 21-22 season, we highlight Fedora at the Concertgebouw, Pique Dame at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Tosca at the Greek National Opera, Suor Angelica & Il Tabarro at La Monnaie and Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House
In the 22-23 season, she will debut the role of Liu in Salerno under the baton of Daniel Oren. Other engagements include her return to London with Madama Butterfly, to Wroclaw with Tosca and to Madrid with Verdi’s Requiem.