Selected to represent Armenia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, Winner of First and Public Prizes, as well as a test Deutsche Grammophon recording contract, at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition, of one of the three prizes, a recital at the 2018 Gstaad Music Festival, at the 2016 Concours international de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini and of the 2014 Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger Competition, Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2013-2015. In addition to appearing in a variety of roles on the main stage, she also sang the soprano solos in Gloria for the Royal Ballet and Verdi Requiem for the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation department on tour in France. Since leaving the programme, she has sung Lady in Waiting Macbeth for the Royal Opera’s 2015 tour to Japan.
Anush Hovhannisyan began studying violin aged six at the A. Spendiaryan Music School and went on to study singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2013. She is a Samling Artist and her many awards and scholarships further include the Clonter Opera Prize, the Margaret Dick Award, a Ye Cronies Opera award, the Bayreuth Prize from the Wagner Society of Scotland, Third Prize at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition and the Ian Smith of Stornoway Award for Opera, awarded by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Her wider engagements have included Sitâ Le Roi de Lahore for Chelsea Opera Group, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Anitra Peer Gynt with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 with the Southbank Sinfonia,Woolf Works with the Royal Ballet and the opening of the 2017 Al Bustan Festival. Her recordings include A Century of Song, Vol. 2 for Vivat andSongs by Scriabin for Decca’s complete piano anthology of his music.
Conductors with whom she has worked include Renato Balsadonna, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Gianluca Marcianò, Daniel Oren, Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Maxime Tortelier and Mark Wigglesworth.
Current engagements include Adina L’elisir d’amore at the New Generation Festival, Florence, the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Emma Khovanschina with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the 2017 BBC Proms, an Opera Gala with the Southbank Sinfonia and her debut with Scottish Opera as Violetta La traviata.
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Frasquita: Carmen / Royal Opera, London
“…Anush Hovhannisyan and Rachel Kelly stood out as a stellar Frasquita and Mercédès.”
Maria Stuarda / Stadttheater Klagenfurt
“…sings the title part with a wonderful round soprano, many facets of interpretation and the finest pianos, great intimacy, dramatic intensity and perfect coloratura.”
“Anush Hovhannisyan captivated until Maria’s last breath with extraordinary presence, sensual charisma and a glowing soprano.”
Anitra: Peer Gynt / Philharmonia Orchestra
“Anush Hovhannisyan made a superbly impudent Anitra.”
Sitâ: Le Roi de Lahore / Chelsea Opera Group
“The Sitâ, hypnotically striking Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan has already made a mark on the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. She hurled out some thrilling top notes. What's more, the voice has rare individuality; it will be exciting to hear it develop.”
The Arts Desk
“Anush Hovhannisyan was a splendid Sitâ. She has a lovely warm, open tone, with a smoky lower register. Her big solo comes in Act V, having fled the bridal chamber for the temple, and she sang this with confidence and dramatic urgency.”
“As Sitâ, Anush Hovhannisyan’s voice could feel rich and vibrant, and yet also smoky and spiritual.”
“Anush Hovhannisyan has a lovely spinto-ish sounding voice, richly lyrical but with just a nice edge to it. She brought out the character's sultry intensity, and in the two long scena's Massenet gives her we really heard how she combined musical intelligence with a strong sense of character and a superb feel for the shape of the music. Massenet needs to seduce without getting too saccharine, and Hovhannisyan got it just right, as well as looking every in the part too.”
“Hovhannisyan is a commanding presence and sings with a gleaming tone; yet she can be expressive and genuinely affecting”
Seen and Heard International
“As Sitâ, Anush Hovhannisyan’s already glamorous soprano proved excitingly temperamental as the evening progressed.”
Lucilla: La scala di seta / Jette Parker Young Artists
“…how agreeable to encounter the Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan in a role which gives free rein to her quicksilver voice and personality…”
“Anush Hovhannisyan is an impressive Lucilla, her voice capable of being as subtle as it is vibrant.”
“…the rich-toned Anush Hovannhisyan…”
Betrothal and Betrayal / Jette Parker Young Artists
“…Anush Hovhannisyan’s finely-spun interpretation, both accurate and dramatically intense, of Amelia’s aria…”
Decades, A Century of Song – Volume 2 / Vivat CD
“Anush Hovhannisyan brings vitality and personality to Glinka…”
BBC Music Magazine
“New to me were the Glinka Songs, whose mix of Italianate bel canto lyricism and Russian melancholy is thrillingly caught by the flame-toned Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan…”
Decades, A Century of Song – Volume 2
Sarah Connolly, John Mark Ainsley, Luis Gomes, Robin Tritschler,
Malcolm Martineau – Piano
Vivat CD VIVAT 114
Scriabin Complete Works - Two Romances
Valentina Lisita - Piano
Decca CD 478 8168