Lianna Haroutounian

Lianna Haroutounian

Lianna Haroutounian is considered as one of the most promising Verdi sopranos of her generation. Her significant lyrical-spinto abilities allow her to address a wide Opera Repertoire, facing Verdi and Puccini as the French and the Russian Repertoire, and also a wide Chamber Music Repertoire.

Lianna Haroutounian is from Armenia, she grew up in an opera-loving family and studied Pianoforte and Voice at the National Conservatory of Erevan where she passed her Higher Education Singing Diploma in S. Danelian’s class and continued in France at the Centre de Formation Lyrique de l’Opéra-Bastille.

During the season 2011/2012 she sang the role of Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) in Bern and Tours, Marguerite (Faust) at the Opéra de Massy, Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) and Mimì (La Bohème) in Tours, Violetta (La Traviata) and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) at the Festival de Sanxay.

In summer 2013, Armenian soprano made her triumphant debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, stepping in at late notice to sing Elizabeth of Valois in Don Carlo, under the baton of Mr. Antonio Pappano, beside Jonas Kauffman and Ferruccio Furlanetto. The Guardian has stated: “… Haroutounian seemed to pull forth ever-increasing vocal powers until you thought her heart, or yours, would burst …”. After that she was immediately invited to perform the role of Hélène in Stefan Herheim’s new production of Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House, again conducted by Anthonio Pappano, which was seen around the world in the ROH Live Cinema and were released on DVD in 2015. During the same season she sang the role of Hélène in Les Vêpres siciliennes at Frankfurt Opera, ABAO of Bilbao, at the GNO of Athens (in Italian version). On the concert stage, Haoutounian performs Verdi’s Requiem at the Teatro Real of Madrid. She participated in Verdi Gala at the Royal Opera House of Muscat in cooperation with Teatro San Carlo of Naples, conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

In 2014 she made her Zurich Opera House debut as Elisabeth of Valois of Don Carlo, conducted by Fabio Luisi and repeated the role in Verbier Festival in concert performance, conducted by Daniel Harding. Her Italian debut she made at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples in the role of Desdemona / Otello, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, and at Sydney Opera House, where she obtained a big personal success. She participated in Opera Gala at the Festival d’Annecy.  In October, this was followed by her San Francisco triumphant debut with the title role of Puccini’s Tosca, (conducted by Riccardo Frizza) with great reviews from public and critics. The SFGATE has stated: “…One of the great aspects of soprano Lianna Haroutounian’s phenomenal San Francisco Opera debut on Thursday night was the way she turned her musical gifts to the service of that conception. You could listen to her singing Puccini’s music all night long, and marvel at the beauty, precision and power that she packed into every measure of the performance …” She returned at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Leonora, in the new production of Il Trovatore, conducted by Nicola Luisotti.

Highlights 2015 include Haroutounian's debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Elisabeth of Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She returned at the ABAO in Bilbao to sing Desdemona in new production of Otello, conducted by Riccardo Frizza and to the Royal Opera House, to sing the role of Mimi in John Copley’s iconic production of Puccini’s La Bohème, opposite Piotr Beczala, conducted by Plácido Domingo. Furthermore, she joined Yuri Temirkanov and the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg to sing the title role in a concert version of Iolanta.

In 2016 we highlight the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, (conducted by Karel Mark Chichon) and at the San Francisco Opera, she made her debut as the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur at La Monnaie in Brussels (conducted by Evelino Pido), Amelia Grimaldi of Simon Boccanegra at the Metropolitan Opera, opposite Plácido Domingo, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Joseph Calleja (conducted by James Levine), Leonora in a new production of Il Trovatore at the at the Royal Opera House (conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and afterwards by Richard Farnes), Mimi of La Bohème at the Sydney Opera House (conducted by Andrea Molino ), Desdemona of Otello at the Teatro Real (conducted by Renato Palumbo) and Cio-Cio-San of Madama Butterfly at the San Francisco Opera (with Yves Abel).

Highlights 2017 include Leonora of Il trovatore at the Royal Opera House, Elisabeth de Valois of Don Carlos at Staatsoper Unter den Linden (conducted by Zanetti) and Cio-Cio-San of Madama Butterfly at Staatsoper Hamburg (under the musical direction of Johannes Fritzsch) and at the Seattle Opera (conducted by Claudio Montanaro).

Haroutounian performs widely in recital and concert, and her repertory includes Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe solennelle, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, Dvorak's Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Requiem. She has also performed several recitals in France, Italy, Spain, and Armenia.

Among her recent performances on the 17-18 Season, we highlight Amelia Grimaldi of Simon Boccanegra at the Concertgebouw, a recital in San Francisco, as well as the title role in Tosca at Palau de les Arts de Valencia (conducted by Nicola Luisotti). Her future engagements include her debut as Nedda of I Pagliacci at San Francisco Opera, Cio-Cio-San of Madama Butterfly at the Wiener Staatsoper and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Iolanta at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Elisabeth de Valois of Don Carlos at Staatsoper Hamburg and Leonora of Il trovatore at Teatro Real de Madrid.

Date Last Edited: 22/06/2018
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