"Anush Hovhannisyan sweeps all before her with her bright, lyric soprano and tall, handsome figure... this was a “star is born” moment for the young Armenian."
The Sunday Times (La traviata / Scottish Opera)
"It is not every day - nor every month, not even every year - that you can say "a new Violetta is born."... On the evidence of her first performance in Glasgow it can unquestionably be said of Anush Hovhannisyan."
Opera magazine (La traviata/ Scottish Opera)
"Anush offers most nuanced vocalism. Her cream-caramel voice is one size bigger than the theatre..."
Opera magazine (El gato con botas / ROH)
“... Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan brings vitality and personality to Glinka..."
BBC Music Magazine (CD Decades / Vivat)
"...superbly impudent ..."
The Guardian (Peer Gynt / Philharmonia Orchestra)
"...hypnotically striking soprano..."
The Art Desk (Le roi de Lahore/Chelsea Opera Group)
“...glamorous soprano, excitingly temperamental...”
The Sunday Times (Le roi de Lahore/Chelsea Opera Group)
"She is beautiful as befits a girl men would die for...”
Classical Iconoclast (Le roi de Lahore/Chelsea Opera Group)
“... her voice is rich and vibrant, smoky and spiritual..."
Music OMH (Le roi de Lahore/Chelsea Opera Group)
The CD Romances by Rimsky- Korsakov was praised as "irresistable" by the Sunday Times.
Anush presents rare songs with Malcolm Martineau on VIVAT's highly praised new CD DECADES: A century of Song VOL 2
Anush recorded rare songs by Scriabin with Valentina Lisitsa for Decca Classic's SCRIABIN Complete Piano Works Box.
Nominated for Young Singer of the year at the INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS. Audience at London Coliseum will see Anush perform at the red-carpet ceremony on the 09th of April.
Gaining unanimouse prais on her debut as Violetta Valéry (La Traviata) at Scottish Opera, Anush is making her house debut with Welsh National Opera in season 2018/2019 in the same role.
Finalist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, representing Armenia
The First and the Public prizes, as well as the special prizes from Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera at the STELLA MARIS competition go to Anush
Full documentary is out!
How Liszt's Lost Opera was rescued
Small group of musicians to premiere the long lost opera SARDANAPALO by Franz Liszt
Following to the overwhelming success on the first season, where Anush appeared as Adina (L'Elisir D'Amore), the New Generation Festival is back to Florence in 2018, featuring Anush as Donna Anna in the new production of Don Giovanni.
OCTOBER 28, NOVEMBER 7, 23, 28 2017
VERDI: LA TRAVIATA (VIOLETTA)
GLASGOW, INVERNESS, ABERDEEN, EDINBURGH UK
RECITAL: Rimsky-Korsakov and Prokofiev
ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE OF SCOTLAND
JANUARY 07 2018
NEW YEAR MUSIC FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 24 2018
ROSSINI: MOSÈ IN EGITTO (AMALTEA)
CHELSEA OPERA GROUP
CADOGAN HALL, LONDON
MARCH 5, 2018
RECITAL-LECTURE: Rimsky-Korsakov & his world
DIVAS & SCHOLARS
IVY CLUB, LONDON
MARCH 8, 2018
Sergey Rybin (Piano) & Yuriy Yurchuk (Baritone)
22 MANSFIELD STR, LONDON W1G 9NR
APRIL 21, 2018
BBC RADIO 3 Big Chamber Day - Concert 3
SAFFRON HALL, SAFFRON WALDEN
MAY 17, 2018
BERG: SIEBEN FRÜHE LIEDER (Seven Early Songs)
Conductor: Maxime Tortelier
ST JOHN'S WATERLOO, LONDON
STRAUSS: VIER LETZTE LIEDER
JUNE 21, 2018
BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY No.9
AUGUST 29, SEPTEMBER 01 2018
MOZART: DON GIOVANNI (DONNA ANNA)
NEW GENERATION FESTIVAL
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER (dates TBC) 2018
VERDI: LA TRAVIATA (VIOLETTA)
WELSH NATIONAL OPERA
ANUSH HOVHANNISYAN – SOPRANO
Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan [pron: anoosh hovanisian] is praised as "hypnotically striking", "glamorous, excitingly temperamental", her voice "rich and vibrant, smoky and spiritual" and "flame-toned".
Anush is the winner of First and Public Prizes, Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera special prizes at the Stella Maris competition 2016, and of the Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger 2014 Swiss international competition and was a finalist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. She is nominated for International Opera Awards 2018 in the Young Singer category. As a Jette Parker Young Artist she performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2013-2015, and has worked under the direction of renowned conductors such as Jonathan Santagada, Renato Balsadonna, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren, Mark Wigglesworth, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sir Antonio Pappano.
Most recent and upcoming performances include Violetta Valery (La traviata) for Scottish Opera, Amaltea (Mose in Egitto) in Cadogan Hall, Berg Seven Early Songs and Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Southbank Sinfonia, Strauss Four Last Songs with Amicus Orchestra, role debut as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at New Generation Festival in Florence. Followed by the unanimous praise on her debut as Violetta Valery (La traviata) for Scottish Opera, Anush makes a house debut at the Welsh National Opera in 2018/2019 season in the same role.
Her past performances include the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Shostakovich Symphony No 14 with Southbank Sinfonia, Emma (Khovanshchina) at BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall in London, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) at New Generation Festival in Florence, except of the variety of roles on the ROH, have also included Lucilla (La scala di seta) and Princess (El Gato con Botas) at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Poulenc Gloria for the Royal Ballet, Verdi Messa di Requiem for the ROH L&P tour to France, Sitâ (Le Roi de Lahore) for Chelsea Opera Group, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Anitra (Peer Gynt) with Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall and Lady in Waiting (Macbeth) for the Royal Opera’s 2015 tour to Japan.
Her recordings include songs by Scriabin with Valentina Lisitsa in Complete Piano Anthology of Scriabin by DECCA, songs by Glinka with Malcolm Martineau in Decades: A Century of Song Vol 2 by VIVAT and highly acclaimed ROMANCES by Rimsky-Korsakov by STONE RECORDS.
Anush studied singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a Samling Artist, scholar of Georg Solti Foundation and holder of Bayreuth Scholarship, Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize and Clonter Opera Prize.
Last update: March 2018
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