Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan is praised as "hypnotically striking" (The Arts Desk), "glamorous, excitingly temperamental" (The Sunday Times) and her voice "rich and vibrant, smoky and spiritual" (Music OMH).
Anush is the winner of First and Public Prizes, Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera special prizes at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition, and of the 2014 Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger. As a Jette Parker Young Artist she performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2013-2015 and worked under the direction of renowned conductors such as Jonathan Santagada, Renato Balsadonna, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren, Mark Wigglesworth, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sir Antonio Pappano.
Her performances, except of the variety of roles on the ROH, have also included Lucilla (La scala di seta) at the Linbury Studio Studios, the soprano solos in Gloria for the Royal Ballet and Messa di Requiem by Verdi for the ROH Learning and Participation department on tour in France, Sitâ (Le Roi de Lahore) for Chelsea Opera Group, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Anitra (Peer Gynt) with Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Lady in Waiting (Macbeth) for the Royal Opera’s 2015 tour to Japan. Her recordings include songs by Scriabin for Decca’s complete piano anthology of his music, accompanied by Valentina Lisitsa, and songs by Glinka for Vivat’s Decades Vol 2, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau.
Anush studied singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a Samling Artist, holder of Bayreuth Scholarship and a Georg Solti Foundation scholar.
In the season 2016/17 Anush performs at the opening Gala concert of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in Austria, Messa di Requiem by Verdi at the City Halls in Glasgow, Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 with the Southbank Sinfonia and Emma (Khovanshchina) on her Proms debut in Royal Albert Hall in London, and sings Adina (L’elisir d’amore) in Florence. Anush will represent her native Armenia in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition in Wales. She will make her debut as Violetta Valery in La traviata for Scottish Opera in 2017/2018 season.