"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
The Times named Anush Hovhannisyan The Face to Watch in Opera 2020 followed by the Opera Magazine featuring her as the cover for 2020 July/August issue. Nominated for 2018 International Opera Awards, Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan made a name for herself as one of the brightest young sopranos of her generation followed by her highly acclaimed debut with Scottish Opera as Violetta La Traviata, which seen The Sunday Times acclaiming “a ‘star is born’ moment.”
Anush represented Armenia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 broadcasted to millions of audiences on the BBC channels worldwide. She is the Winner of the First Prize, Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera special prizes at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition and the 1st Prize Winner of the 2014 Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger International Swiss Competition. She started her career as 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 operatic repertoire includes the roles of Hélène Les vêpres siciliennes, Violetta La Traviata, Donna Anna & Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Musetta La bohème, Adina L’elisir d’amore, title role of Maria Stuarda, Tatiana Eugene Onegin as well as rarities such as of Tamara in Rubinstien’s The Demon, Sitâ in Massenet‘s Le Roi de Lahore, Mirrah in Liszt’s Sardanapolo (Italian premiere). The symphonic repertoire includes Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Symphony N9, Shostakovich Symphony N14, Berg Seven Early Songs, Strauss Four Last Songs, Rossini Messe Solennelle, Poulenc Gloria.
Based in London she has worked with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Holland Park, Opera Rara, BBC Proms. She has worked with renowned conductors of our times such as Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Mark Elder, Carlo Rizzi and Sir Antonio Pappano.
Her recordings include A Century of Song, Vol. 2 & Vol.4 for Vivat with renowned accompanist Malcolm Martineau, Rimsky-Korsakov Romances for Stone Records with Sergey Rybin (a Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’), Songs by Scriabin for Decca’s complete piano anthology of his music with Valentina Lisitsa and Woolf Works with Royal Ballet, now available on Opus Arte DVD.
Part of her mission as a member of the artistic team of the New Generation Festival, Andermatt Music and Mascarade Opera Studio centres around the education, creating exposure and artistic opportunities for younger colleagues. She mentors young singers and strongly believes in supporting the industry by guiding and helping young musicians to launch their careers.
Anush Hovhannisyan graduated from the Yerevan State Conservatory and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland supported by the ABRSM scholarship. She is a Samling Artist, winner of the Clonter Opera Prize, the Bayreuth Prize from the Wagner Society of Scotland and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition.
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Casting & Mentoring
Beyond her flourishing singing career, Anush is actively involved in mentoring young musicians. She is part of the artistic team at the Mascarade Opera Fondazione, which runs the New Generation Festival and the Mascarade Opera Studio in Florence.
As the Casting Director of the New Generation Festival since 2017, her duties include casting singers and music stuff for the annual opera productions. In September 2020, she has overtaken the role of the Artistic Advisor at the Mascarade Opera Studio. As part of her activities at the MOS, she is scouting for young musicians and advising on their career development during their training. She is also a member of the artistic team at Andermatt Music, Switzerland's newest concert hall.
Anush is a keen advocate of young musicians in her industry and a dedicated mentor to a number of her younger colleagues.