One of the great aspects of soprano Lianna Haroutounian’s phenomenal San Francisco Opera debut on Thursday night was the way she turned her musical gifts to the service of that conception. You could listen to her singing Puccini’s music all night long, and marvel at the beauty, precision and power that she packed into every measure of the performance.
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In Puccini’s title role, there is Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian, making her company debut. When she isn’t singing with the sort of unreserved power that you may have thought had vanished from the field, she is showering her listeners with delicate fragrances, as if pitching baskets of potpourri into the air.
Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian’s American debut took place at the San Francisco Opera in the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca”.
Performing a role she was singing for the first time, her gleaming soprano filled the War Memorial Opera House. Her second act showpiece Vissi d’arte received the great ovation that one expects from San Francisco audiences for a first rank Tosca.