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".
Winner of First and Public Prizes, as well as special prizes from Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera, at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition, and of the 2014 Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger Competition, Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan was a finalist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition and a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden between 2013 and 2015.
A Finalist in the 2018 International Opera Awards, Anush Hovhannisyan enjoyed a “star is born moment” (The Sunday Times) on her acclaimed debut with Scottish Opera as Violetta La Traviata in 2017, also singing Amaltea Mosè in Egitto for Chelsea Opera Group, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Berg Seven Early Songs with the Southbank Sinfonia, BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day at Saffron Hall and Passion and Poetry concert series with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
During 2018 / 2019, Anush Hovhannisyan makes her debut with Welsh National Opera as Violetta La traviata. Her current 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 The Demon for Chelsea Opera Group, Verdi Requiem at Saffron Hall and an Opera Gala at the Moscow International House of Music. She will return to Welsh National Opera in 2020 as Hélène Les vêpres siciliennes and make her debut with Opera North as Musetta in the revival of Phillida Lloyd’s acclaimed staging of La bohème.
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 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.
Conductors with whom she has worked include Giedre Slekyté, Michael Altstaedt, Renato Balsadonna, David Parry, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Dane Lam, Jonathan Santagada, Nicola Luisotti, Gianluca Marcianò, Daniel Oren, Mark Wigglesworth, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Antonio Pappano.
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.