"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.
Press and critics unanimously praised Anush for her debut as Violetta Valéry (La Traviata) at Scottish Opera. The Sunday Times described it as "Star was born"
Anush was a finalist of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 representing her native Armenia
Anush wins the First and the Public prizes at the STELLA MARIS competition, as well as special prizes from Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera.
Full documentary is out!
How Liszt's Lost Opera was rescued
Anush among the 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.
MARCH 30, APRIL 03, 07, 12, 20, 25, 28, MAY 02 2017
DONIZETTI: MARIA STUARDA
MAY 07 2017
ALL SAINTS CONCERT SERIES
MAY 20 2017
MAY 24 2017
MUSIC ON MANSFIELD STREET CONCERT SERIES
22 MANSFIELD STREET
JUNE 1 2017
SOUTHBANK SINFONIA OPERA GALA
ST JON'S WATERLOO
JUNE 11-18 2017
BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF WORLD 2017
AUGUST 6 2017
ROYAL ALBERT HALL
AUGUST 31, SEPTEMBER 1 2017
DONIZETTI: L'ELISIR D'AMORE
NEW GENERATION FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 28, NOVEMBER 7, 23, 28 2017
VERDI: LA TRAVIATA
GLASGOW, INVERNESS, ABERDEEN, EDINBURGH UK
JANUARY 07 2018
NEW YEAR MUSIC FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 24 2018
ROSSINI: MOSÈ IN EGITTO
CHELSEA OPERA GROUP
CADOGAN HALL, LONDON, UK
AUGUST 29, SEPTEMBER 01 2018
MOZART: DON GIOVANNI
NEW GENERATION FESTIVAL
Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan [pron: anoosh hovanisian] is praised as "hypnotically striking" (The Arts Desk), "glamorous, excitingly temperamental" (The Sunday Times), her voice "rich and vibrant, smoky and spiritual" (Music OMH) and "flame-toned" (Gromophone Magazine).
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. 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.
Her performances, 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, the soprano solos in Gloria for the Royal Ballet and 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 the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Anitra (Peer Gynt) with Philharmonia Orchestra at the 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 and songs by Glinka with Malcolm Martineau in Decades: A Century of Song Vol 2 by VIVAT.
Anush studied singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a Samling Artist, holder of Bayreuth Scholarship, Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize and Clonter Opera Prize, and a Georg Solti Foundation scholar.
Most recent and upcoming performances include the Opera Gala the Al Bustan Festival, the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Verdi Messa di Requiem at Glasgow City Halls, 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, Violetta Valery (La traviata) for Scottish Opera, Amaltea (Mose in Egitto) in Cadogan Hall and back to debut as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for the New Generation Festival in Florence.
Last update: December 2017
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