Anush Hovhannisyan


Anush Hovhannisyan

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.”

Kleine Zeitung


“Anush Hovhannisyan captivated until Maria’s last breath with extraordinary presence, sensual charisma and a glowing soprano.”

Kronen Zeitung


Anitra: Peer Gynt / Philharmonia Orchestra

“Anush Hovhannisyan made a superbly impudent Anitra.”

The Guardian


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.”

Music OMH


“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.”

Planet Hugill


“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.”

Sunday Times


Rimsky-Korsakov: Romances / Stone CD

“A gorgeous feast of Rimsky-Korsakov’s neglected Romances, rich in melody and colour. The two terrific, impassioned young singers are ones to watch.”

BBC Music Magazine


“With the exception of The Nightingale and the Rose, Rimsky’s art songs are less well known than they deserve, so it is astute of Stone to present two rising young artists in a disc entirely devoted to these beautiful Romances. The Armenian Hovhannisyan wraps her bright, sensuous soprano around this famous number…

The Sunday Times


Amaltea: Mosè in Egitto / Chelsea Opera Group

“Pharaoh’s wife, Anush Hovhannisyan made a fine contribution with her Act Two aria, in duet with a clarinet; initially a touch brittle, her coloratura for the faster stretta was splendidly pure of tone and exact in tuning, making a striking impression.“

Classical Source


“Anush Hovhannisyan’s soprano was beautifully full, resonant and well-shaped, making her performance of ‘La pace mia smaritta’ a particular highlight…”

Music OMH


“As the Queen of Egypt, Amaltea, Anush Hovhannisyan illuminated her lines with subtle emphases, and, when the given the opportunity, laser-beam top notes…”



“Anush Hovhannisyan impressed with her command of the coloratura and highly expressive timbre...“

Planet Hugill


Tamara: The Demon / Chelsea Opera Group

“As Tamara, Anush Hovhannisyan thrilled with the vibrancy and abandon of her performance, and dramatically she charted the mental decline and increasing emotional torment of the girl.”

Classical Source


“Anush Hovhannisyan sang with fierce intensity and considerable power.”

The Guardian


“Anush Hovhannisyan also stood out as Tamara, revealing great power in her soprano, yet also rendering some of the most challenging top lines with sensitivity and precision.”

Music OMH


“The Armenian soprano Anush Hovhanisyan’s Tamara grew as the evening progressed from spirited to impassioned, with a gleaming soprano sound that enabled her to inhabit the part more fully than the Tamaras in any other performances of The Demon I’ve experienced.”



“…beautifully pure-voice and very, very accurate of pitch.”

Seen and Heard International


“Hovhannisyan’s prima-donna temperament and exciting singing mean she steals the limelight as Tamara, with her brilliantly shaded voice and nuanced artistry. Her use of colour and dynamics is spellbinding, and she threw herself physically into the part, as if in a fully staged production.”

The Sunday Times


“Anush Hovhannisyan sang with sultry ardour as Tamara…”

The Times



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…”

The Independent


“Anush Hovhannisyan is an impressive Lucilla, her voice capable of being as subtle as it is vibrant.”

Music OMH


“…the rich-toned Anush Hovannhisyan…”

The Observer


Violetta: La traviata / Scottish Opera

“Throughout the night, the passion and power of Scottish Opera debutante (Anush) Hovhannisyan included a voice that shape-sifted from velvety richness to steely power with confident gymnastics and high notes to die for along the way.“

The Northern Times

"It is not every day - nor every month, not even every year - that you can say "a new Violetta is born." Yes, yes, up-and-coming sopranos are constantly taking on the challenge of Verdi's tragic heroine all over the world, but of how many can you instantly say "she is a born interpreter of the role?" On the evidence of her first performance in Glasgow - actually the fourth night of David McVicar's 2008 staging - it can unquestionably be said of Anush Hovhannisyan. The Armenian soprano, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, has the coloratura, the musical intelligence, the rock-solid technique, the evenness throughout an ample vocal range, the dramatic versatility, the imposing but graceful physique - and indeed the pathos. She even knows how to 'speak' the Italian text, so much so that that the simple word 'Si' resonates with meaning."



“…this was a performance of astonishing maturity with no obvious difficulties either vocally or dramatically. She fitted into the ensemble with complete confidence. Violetta should remain a centrepiece of her repertoire for some time to come.”

Opera Scotland


“Anush Hovhannisyan sweeps all before her with her bright, lyric soprano and tall, handsome figure. She’s helped by David Parry’s stylish, Italianate conducting, but I’d hazard that this was a “star is born” moment for the young Armenian.”

The Sunday Times


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,
Christopher Maltman
Malcolm Martineau – Piano
Vivat CD VIVAT 114

Rimsky Korsakov Romances
Yuriy Yurchuk
Sergey Rybin – Piano
Stone Records CD 5060192780772

Scriabin Complete Works - Two Romances
Valentina Lisita - Piano
Decca CD 478 8168

Woolf Works
Alessandra Ferri
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Koen Kessels
Opus Arte DVD OA 1282D / Blu Ray OABD 7247 D

Anush Hovhannisyan sings Rimsky-Korsakov: The Nightingale and the Rose