Lianna Haroutounian is considered to be one of the most promising Verdi sopranos of her generation. Her remarkable lyrical-spinto abilities allow her to address a wide Opera Repertoire, facing Verdi and Puccini as the French and the Russian Repertoire, and a wide Concert and Oratorio Repertoire.
Lianna Haroutounian grew up in an opera-loving family in Armenia and studied Pianoforte and Voice at the National Conservatory of Erevan, where she received her Higher Education Singing Diploma in S. Danelian’s class. Later she continued her studies in France, at the Centre de Formation Lyrique de l’Opéra Bastille.
In summer of 2013, Armenian soprano made her triumphant debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, stepping in at a short notice to sing Elizabeth of Valois in Don Carlo, under the baton of Mr. Antonio Pappano, beside Jonas Kauffman and Ferruccio Furlanetto. The Guardian wrote: “ … Haroutounian seemed to pull forth ever-increasing vocal powers until you thought her heart, or yours, would burst …” After that she was immediately invited to sing Hélène in Stefan Herheim’s new production of Les Vêpres Sicilienne at the Royal Opera House, again conducted by Antonio Pappano, which was seen around the world in the ROH Live Cinema and released on DVD in 2015. During the same season she sang the role of Hélène in Les Vêpres Siciliennes at Frankfurt Opera, ABAO of Bilbao, and at the GNO of Athens (the Italian version).
On the concert stage, Haoutounian performed Verdi’s Requiem at the Tetro Real of Madrid. She participated in Verdi Gala at the Royal Opera House of Muscat in cooperation with Teatro San Carlo of Naples, conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing. In 2014 she made her Zurich Opera House debut as Elisabeth of Valois of Don Carlo, conducted by Fabio Luisi and repeated the role in Verbier Festival in a concert performance, conducted by Daniel Harding.
Ms. Haroutounian made her Italian debut at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples in the role of Desdemona / Otello, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, as well as at Sydney Opera House, with grand success.
She participated in the Opera Gala at Festival d’Annecy, and followed with her October San Francisco triumphant debut in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca (conducted by Riccardo Frizza) with great reviews from the public and critics. The SFGATE wrote: ”… One of the great aspects of soprano Lianna Haroutounian’s phenomenal San Francisco Opera debut on Thursday night was the way she turned her musical gifts to the service of that conception. You could listen to her singing Puccini’s music all night long, and marvel at the beauty, precision and power that she packed into every measure of her performance.”