Verdi: Les vêpres siciliennes (Hélène) / Welsh National Opera

“The cast’s one outstanding member was the Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, as the militant heroine Helene. Blessed with an alluring ruby-red timbre, she sang with a refinement of phrasing and musical imagination absent from her male colleagues…”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

By far the most distinguished was the Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, as a striking, raven-haired Hélène... she is a classy artist…” Hugh Canning, The Times

“…she was the determined powerhouse, vocally and dramatically, of the breathtaking final scenes.” Benjamin Poore, Opera Wire

“As the Duchess Hélène, Anush Hovhannisyan impresses with her formidable technical poise…the young soprano produced ravishing sounds in the moments of sweetness, of a quality that could be described as seraphic, and yet was full of bite and passion in the climactic scene.” Emmanuel Andrieu, Opera Online

“Anush Hovhannisyan is a fluent Hélène…” Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk

“Anush Hovhannisyan is a powerful Hélène ….” Chiara Strazzulla, Arts Scene in Wales

“The voice is full of colour, the technique brilliant and she looks striking.” Colin Davison, British Theatre Guide

“Hélène is the story’s one star, and Anush Hovhannisyan seizes the opportunities Verdi gives her with both hands. The audience loved her.” Lucien Jenkins, The Critics’ Circle

“She was impressively affecting in her duets with Henri, and her bolero (‘Merci, jeunes amis’) in Act V was utterly charming.” Glyn Pursglove, Seen and Heard International

LIEDERKREIS: Decades vol 4 / VIVAT

“ Hovhannisyan sings with a lovely Slavic edge to her voice, which means that the songs are full of character.”

Planet Hugill

“AH’s rich-toned voice is very well suited to the melancholy”

MusicWeb, John Quinn

“With her darkly sensuous timbre, Anush Hovhannisyan is a vivid advocate for Dargomizhsky”

Gramophone, RIchard Wigmore

Puccini: La bohème (Musetta) / Opera North

“Anush Hovhannisyan is a larger-than-life scene-stealing Musetta, with oodles of voice and personality. It’s a luxury to have an operatic “leading lady” in this sometimes undercast role.” The Sunday Times

“Musetta is sung by Armenian Anush Hovhannisyan in her first role for Opera North and her debut is dazzling.” Yorkshire Magazine

Musetta, played by Anush Hovhannisyan, was the highlight of the night. Her vocal quality is without parallel and she was the only principal who did not occasionally struggle to be heard over the orchestra. Her pianissimo at the end of her Act 2 aria Quando m’en vo was extremely thrilling and I loved the way she was able to go from the utterly ridiculous character in Acts 2 and 3 to the much more sympathetic pious one in Act 4.Mancunian Matters

“Anush Hovhannisyan is scintillating as the flamboyant Musetta, and her burlesque treatment of the aria Quando m’en vo is a show-stopping moment.” The Reviews Hub

Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, who represented her country two years ago at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, revealed considerable acting talent, especially when she was manipulating the feelings of both Marcello and her rich, elderly suitor Alcindoro in the Café Momus. Her “Quando m’en vo” was particularly impressive, sung along with charmingly coquettish body language.”


The multinational cast is exceptional, with Anush Hovhannisyan, making her Opera North debut as a flirty Musetta…The Stage

Rubinstein: Demon (Tamara) / Queen Elisabeth Hall

Hovhannisyan’s prima-donna temperament and exciting singing mean she steals the limelight as Tamara, with her brilliantly shaded voice and nuanced artistry. Her use of colour and dynamics is spellbinding, and she threw herself physically into the part, as if in a fully staged production.” The Sunday Times

The Armenian Anush Hovhannisyan’s Tamara grew as the evening progressed, from spirited to impassioned, with a gleaming soprano sound that enabled her to inhabit the part more fully than the Tamaras in any other performances of The Demon I’ve experienced." Opera magazine

As Tamara, Anush Hovhannisyan thrilled with the vibrancy and abandon of her performance, and dramatically she charted the mental decline and increasing emotional torment of the girl.Classical Source

“Anush Hovhannisyan sang with fierce intensity and considerable power.” The Guardian

“Anush Hovhannisyan also stood out as Tamara, revealing great power in her soprano, yet also rendering some of the most challenging top lines with sensitivity and precision.” Music OMH

“Anush Hovhannisyan sang with sultry ardour as Tamara…” The Times

Verdi: La traviata (Violetta) / Scottish Opera

"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

"It is not every day – nor every month, not even every year – that you can say “a new Violetta is born.” Yes, yes, up-and-coming sopranos are constantly taking on the challenge of Verdi’s tragic heroine all over the world, but of how many can you instantly say “she is a born interpreter of the role?” On the evidence of her first performance in Glasgow – actually the fourth night of David McVicar’s 2008 staging – it can unquestionably be said of Anush Hovhannisyan. The Armenian soprano, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, 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. She even knows how to ‘speak’ the Italian text, so much so that that the simple word ‘Si’ resonates with meaning.”

Opera magazine

“Throughout the night, the passion and power of Scottish Opera debutante (Anush) Hovhannisyan included a voice that shape-sifted from velvety richness to steely power with confident gymnastics and high notes to die for along the way.“

The Northern Times