Selected by The Times as The Face to Watch in Opera 2020 and a Finalist in the 2018 International Opera Awards, Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan represented Armenia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. She is the Winner of the First Prize, Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera special prizes at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition, as well as the 1st Prize Winner of the 2014 Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger International Swiss Competition. Anush Hovhannisyan was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme between 2013 and 2015, when she extensively performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Her highly acclaimed debut with Scottish Opera as Violetta La Traviata seen Opera Magazine writing, “(she) has the coloratura, the musical intelligence, the rock-solid technique, the evenness throughout an ample vocal range, the dramatic versatility, the imposing but graceful physique – and indeed the pathos” and The Sunday Times acclaiming “a ‘star is born’ moment.”
In 2019/20 season Anush makes series of important debuts as Musetta in Phyllida Lloyd’s La bohème for Opera North, Hélène in Sir David Pountney’s Les vêpres siciliennes for Welsh National Opera and Tatiana in Julia Burbach’s Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park, as well as performing at the Beethoven Ah, perfido for the Andermatt Music Winter Festival 2020.
Her roles include Violetta La Traviata, Mirrah in the Italian première of Liszt’s Sardanapolo, Donna Anna & Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Tamara The Demon, Musetta La bohème, title role in Maria Stuarda, Sitâ Le Roi de Lahore, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Emma Khovanschina, Anitra Peer Gynt. Her symphonic performances included Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Symphony N9, Shostakovich Symphony N14, Berg Seven Early Songs, Strauss Four Last Songs, Rossini Messe Solennelle, as well as Woolf Works and Gloria for the Royal Ballet.
Anush worked with conductors Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Jonathan Santagada, Nicola Luisotti, Gianluca Marcianò, Daniel Oren, Mark Wigglesworth, Giedre Slekyté, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Mark Elder, Carlo Rizzi and Sir Antonio Pappano at BBC Proms, Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera House, Philharmonia Orchestra and elsewhere.
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 Bayreuth Prize from the Wagner Society of Scotland and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition.
Her recordings include A Century of Song, Vol. 2 for Vivat, Rimsky-Korsakov Romances for Stone Records (a Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’), Songs by Scriabin for Decca’s complete piano anthology of his music and Woolf Works, now available on Opus Arte DVD.
Anush is an Associated Artist and a member of the Artistic Team at the New Generation Festival Florence, Andermatt Music and the Mascarade Opera Studio in Florence. She strongly believes in supporting the industry by guiding and helping young musicians to launch their careers.
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