"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)
"...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 praise 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.
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.
AUGUST 27 2018
LISZT: SARDANAPALO (MIRRAH) *italian premiere
SUONI DAL GOLFO,
AUGUST 29, SEPTEMBER 01 2018
MOZART: DON GIOVANNI (DONNA ANNA) *role debut
NEW GENERATION FESTIVAL
SEPT 28 2018
ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE OF SCOTLAND
SEPT 30; OCT 4, 6, 12 & 27; NOV 9, 16, 21 & 23 2018
VERDI: LA TRAVIATA (VIOLETTA) *house debut
WELSH NATIONAL OPERA
CARDIFF, OXFORD, LIVERPOOL, BRISTOL, UK
DEC 1 2018
DEC 13,14,15,16 2018
CHRISTMAS GALA CONCERTS
FEB 24, 2019
MUSEUMSKONZERTE IM SCHLOSS
BAD MERGENTHEIM, GERMANY
MARCH 20, 2019
MARCH 30, 2019
JUNE 30, 2019
RUBINSHTEIN: THE DEMON (TAMARA) *role debut
QUEEN ELISABETH HALL
JULY 06, 2019
CAMBRIDGE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
SAFFRON HALL, UK
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".
Selected to represent Armenia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, Winner of First and Public Prizes, as well as a test Deutsche Grammophon recording contract, at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition, and of the 2014 Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger Competition, Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden between 2013 and 2015. In addition to appearing in a variety of roles on the main stage, she also sang the soprano solos in Gloria for the Royal Ballet and the Verdi Requiem for the ROH’s Learning & Participation department on tour in France.
A Finalist in the 2018 International Opera Awards, last season Anush Hovhannisyan enjoyed a “star is born moment” (The Sunday Times) on her highly acclaimed debut with Scottish Opera as Violetta La traviata, also singing Amaltea Mosè in Egitto for Chelsea Opera Group, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Berg Seven Early Songs with the Southbank Sinfonia, a recital at the Gstaad New Year Music Festival, BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day at Saffron Hall and Passion and Poetry with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
During 2018/2019, Anush Hovhannisyan makes her debut with Welsh National Opera as Violetta La traviata. Her engagements further include Mirrah in the Italian première of Liszt’s Sardanapolo at the Suoni dal Golfo, Lerici, Donna Anna Don Giovanni at the 2018 New Generation Festival, Florence, Tamara Demon (Rubinstein) with Chelsea Opera Group in Queen Elisabeth Hall, London, and Verdi Requiem with Cambridge Philharmonic in Saffron Hall.
Anush Hovhannisyan began studying violin aged six at the A. Spendiaryan Music School and went on to study singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2013. She is a Samling Artist and her many awards and scholarships further include the Clonter Opera Prize, the Margaret Dick Award, a Ye Cronies Opera award, the Bayreuth Prize from the Wagner Society of Scotland, Third Prize at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition and the Ian Smith of Stornoway Award for Opera, awarded by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Her wider engagements have included Adina L’elisir d’amore at the New Generation Festival, Florence, the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Sitâ Le Roi de Lahore, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Emma Khovanschina with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the 2017 BBC Proms, Anitra Peer Gynt with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 with the Southbank Sinfonia, Woolf Works with the Royal Ballet, the opening of the 2017 Al Bustan Festival and a solo recital at the 2018 Gstaad Music as a prize winner at the 2016 Concours international de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini.
Conductors with whom she has worked include Giedre Slekyté, Jonathan Santagada, Maxime Tortelier, Dane Lam, Renato Balsadonna, David Parry, Gianluca Marcianò, Mark Wigglesworth, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Oren and Antonio Pappano.
Her recordings include A Century of Song, Vol. 2 for Vivat (with Malcolm Martineau), Rimsky-Korsakov Romances (with Sergey Rybin) for Stone Records (a Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’) and Songs by Scriabin (with Valentina Lisitsa) for Decca’s complete piano anthology of his music.
Last update: September 2018
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