2018–19 Season: Nedda in Pagliacci
Soprano Lianna Haroutounian made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2014's Tosca and in 2016 she returned as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly. 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 reengaged 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 and Covent Garden; 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; and the title roles of La Traviata and Madama Butterfly in Sanxay. Among her awards are a special Prize at the Sixth 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. Recent and upcoming engagements include Cio-Cio-San at Hamburg State Opera and Seattle Opera and the title role of Aida at the Teatro Real in Madrid.