2016–17 Season: Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly
Soprano Lianna Haroutounian made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2014's Tosca. Previously, she made her triumphant debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, stepping in at late notice to sing Elisabetta in Don Carlo under the baton of Antonio Pappano. She was immediately reenaged by Covent Garden to perform the role of Hélène in Les Vêpres Siciliennes.
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 finalist at the Busetto International Singing Competition. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2015 with Elisabetta and performs this current season the role of Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra.