Anush Hovhannisyan


Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan is praised as "hypnotically striking", "glamorous, excitingly temperamental", her voice "rich and vibrant, smoky and spiritual" and "flame-toned".

Anush is the winner of First and Public Prizes, Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera special prizes at the Stella Maris competition 2016, and of the Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger 2014 Swiss international competition and was a finalist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 and nominated for International Opera Awards 2018 (Young Singer category).  As a Jette Parker Young Artist she performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2013-2015, and has 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.

Most recent and upcoming performances include Violetta Valery (La traviata) for Scottish Opera, Amaltea (Mose in Egitto) in Cadogan Hall, La Traviata (excerpts) with Philharmonia Orchestra,series of concerts for BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Day, Berg Seven Early Songs and Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Southbank Sinfonia, Strauss Four Last Songs with Amicus Orchestra, role debut as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at New Generation Festival in Florence. Followed by the unanimous praise on her debut as Violetta Valery (La traviata) for Scottish Opera, Anush makes a house debut at the Welsh National Opera in 2018/2019 season in the same role.

Her past performances include the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Shostakovich Symphony No 14 with Southbank Sinfonia, Emma (Khovanshchina) at BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall in London, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) at New Generation Festival in Florence, except of the variety of roles on the ROH, have also included Lucilla (La scala di seta) and Princess (El Gato con Botas) at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Poulenc Gloria for the Royal Ballet, Verdi  Messa di Requiem for the ROH L&P tour to France, Sitâ (Le Roi de Lahore) for Chelsea Opera Group, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Anitra (Peer Gynt) with Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall and Lady in Waiting (Macbeth) for the Royal Opera’s 2015 tour to Japan.

Her recordings include songs by Scriabin with Valentina Lisitsa in Complete Piano Anthology of Scriabin by DECCA, songs by Glinka with Malcolm Martineau in Decades: A Century of Song Vol 2 by VIVAT and highly acclaimed ROMANCES by Rimsky-Korsakov by STONE RECORDS.

Anush studied singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a Samling Artist, scholar of Georg Solti Foundation and holder of Bayreuth Scholarship, Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize and Clonter Opera Prize.


Mag. Kurt-Walther Schober

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