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Asmik Grigorian (Soprano)

Born: Vilnius, Lithuania

The Lithuanian soprano, Asmik Grigorian, was born in a family of famous singers Irena Milkevičiūtė and Geghamo Grigorian. She studied at the National M.K. Čiurlionis school piano and choral conducting at a later date. In 1999 she joined the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in singing class, completed bachelor's and master's studies in 2006. She commenced her voice studies in Nice, France, with distinguished tenor Gegham Grigorian. She also studied singing with Professor Irena Milkevičiūtė at the Lithuania Academy of Music. She participated in master-classes with with Mirella Freni (2008-2009), G. Grigorian, V. Prudnikovas, B. Maisuradze, A. Pagliazzi. Her awards: the Golden Cross of the Stage as best Debut (2005), The Creator of the Year (2010), The Golden Cross of the Stage for best Act (2010).

At the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Asmik Grigorian performed the roles of Desdemona in Verdi's Otello and Prilepa in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades and repeated both parts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda in England. Her roles include Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata, Michaëla in Carmen, Cio-Cio-San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Liu in Turandot, Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni which she portrayed in a production by Sir Jonathan Miller in Norway.

Aside from her operatic repertoire, Asmik Grigorian has appeared in concerts in Lithuania and abroad with the Vilnius String Quartet, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Cremlin Chamber Orchestra. She is a frequent guest at festivals in Lithuania and Russia. In 2006, Asmik Grigorian gave her debut in London′s legendary Wigmore Hall.

From 2009 to 2011 Asmik Grigorian sang in the Latvian National Opera in Riga, where she performed roles like Liza in Pique Dame, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Violetta in La Traviata, Charlotte in Werther and Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly. In the same period she was also in the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vilnius as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Micaëla in Carmen, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Violetta in La Traviata. In December 2010 she sang in Opera Wielki in Warsaw Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, stage director Keith Warner. In May 2011 she made her debut in Opernhaus Köln as Marie in a new production of Wozzeck. In 2011 she also appeared as Rusalka at the Komische Oper Berlin.

In the 2011-2012 season Asmik Grigorian sang Liza in in a new production of Pique Dame in the Oper Graz, stage director: Peter Konwitschny. In February 2012 she performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg the roles of Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Il Trittico. After that she sang Liza in Pique Dame at the Staatsoper Hamburg. In 2012-2013 season she had performances in the Siemens Arena in Vilnius as Musetta in La Bohème, Manon Lescaut (title role) and Tatyana in Eugen Onegin. At the Komische Oper Berlin she sang Marie in Mazepa and Giorgetta in Il Tabarro at the Köln Opera.

In the period 2013-2014 season she starts in Oper Köln with Marie in Wozzeck. Afterwards she goes to the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg as Senta in Fliegender Holländer under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, followed by Rusalka (title role) at the Komische Oper Berlin (staging: Barrie Kosky). In April 2014 she will go with a new production of Bela Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle to the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Gent in the role of Judith. The same she will sing in a new production at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2015.

Source: Hollaender-Calix Website; Mariinsky Theatre Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2013)

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