Lianna Haroutounian

Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian, considered as one of the most promising sopranos of her generation, makes her San Francisco Opera debut in 2014. She recently made her triumphant debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden this past summer, stepping in at late notice to sing Elisabetta in Don Carlo under the baton of Antonio Pappano, beside Jonas Kauffman and Ferruccio Furlanetto. She was immediately invited to perform the role of Hélène in Les Vêpres Siciliennes at Covent Garden in the current season.. Her operatic appearances have included Hélène at Frankfurt Opera and in Bilbao and Athens; Leonora (Il Trovatore) in Marseilles; Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) in Bern and Tours; Marguerite (Faust) at the Opéra de Massy; Salud (La Vida Breve) in Toledo and Alicante, Spain; Desdemona (Otello) in the Amphithéâtre of the Opéra-Bastille of Paris; the title roles of La Traviata and Madama Butterfly in Sanxay. Among her awards are a special Prize at 6th Giacamo Aragall International Singing Competition in Spain, first prize at the Arlesian Lyrical Forum in France, first prize at the Riviera Adriatica Competition, and she was a finalist at the Busetto International Singing Competition. Future engagements include Desdemona (Otello) at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Leonora in Beijing, and her Metropolitan Opera debut.