Lianna Haroutounian is considered as one of the most promising Verdi sopranos of her generation.
Her significant lyrical-spinto abilities allow her to address a wide Opera Repertoire, facing Verdi and
Puccini as the French and the Russian Repertoire , and also a wide Chamber Music Repertoire.
Lianna Haroutounian is from Armenia, she grew up in an opera-loving family and studied Pianoforte
and Voice at the National Conservatory of Erevan where she passed her Higher Education Singing
Diploma in S. Danelian’s class and continued in France at the Centre de Formation Lyrique de
In summer 2013 , Armenian soprano made her triumphant debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent
Garden , stepping in at late notice to sing Elizabeth of Valois in Don Carlo, under the baton of
Mr. Antonio Pappano, beside Jonas Kauffman and Ferruccio Furlanetto . The Guardian has stated:
“ … 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 perform the role of Hélène in Stefan
Herheim’s new production of Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House, again conducted by
Anthonio Pappano , which was seen around the world in the ROH Live Cinema and were released on
DVD in 2015 . During the same season she song the role of Hélène in Les Vêpres siciliennes at
Frankfurt Opera , ABAO of Bilbao , at the GNO of Athens ( in italian version) . On the concert stage,
Haoutounian performs 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
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 concert performance , conducted by Daniel
Harding . Her italian debut she made at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples in the role of
Desdemona / Otello , conducted by Nicola Luisotti , and at Sydney Opera House , where she obtained
a big personal success . She participated in Opera Gala at the Festival d’Annecy .
In octobre , this was followed by her San Francisco triumphant debut with the title role of Puccini’s
Tosca , ( conducted by Riccardo Frizza) with great reviews from public and critics . The SFGATE has
stated: ”… 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 the performance …”
She returned at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Leonora, in the new production of Il Trovatore ,
conducted by Nicola Luisotti .
Highlights 2015 include Haroutounian's debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Elisabeth of Valois in
Verdi’s Don Carlo , conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin . She returned at the ABAO of Bilbao to sing
Desdemona in new production of Otello , conducted by Riccardo Frizza .
Most recently , she returned at the Royal Opera House, to sing the role of Mimi in John Copley’s iconic
production of Puccini’s La Bohème , opposite Piotr Beczala ,conducted by Placido Domingo. In
December she will join Yuri Temirkanov and the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg to sing the
title role of Iolanta , concert performance.
During the season 2011/2012 she song the role of Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) in Bern and Tours,
Marguerite (Faust) at the Opéra de Massy, Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) and Mimì (La Bohème)
in Tours , Violetta (La Traviata) and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) at the Festival de Sanxay .
Haroutounian performs widely in Recital and in Concert, her Repertory including Verdi’s Requiem,
Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe solennelle, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater , Dvorak's Stabat Mater
and Mozart’s Requiem. She performs in numerous recitals in France , Italy , Spain , Armenia …
Her future plans include : Title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Concertgebouw in
Amsterdam, (conducted by Karel Mark Chichon ) and San Francisco Opera ,debut in the title role of
Adriana Lecouvreur at La Monnaie in Brussels (conducted by Evelino Pido), Amelia Grimaldi of Simon
Boccanegra at the Metropolitan opera , opposite Placido Domingo , Ferruccio Furlanetto and Joseph
Calleja (conducted by James Levine), Leonora /Il Trovatore , new production at the Royal Opera House
(conducted by Gianandrea Noseda) , Mimi/La Boheme at the Sydney Opera House(conducted by
Andrea Molino )…