BIOGRAPHY

“Drop-dead gorgeous … pure magic … heavenly … divine … the biggest success of the season … sensational … the best of all possible Normas … Aida really celestial … finally again a great Verdi-Soprano … triomphe absolu … géniale … magnifique Hasmik Papian…” - these are some of the praises the singer has been honored with by the international press over the last few years (Washington Post, Opera News, Orpheus, Le Figaro etc.). Today, Hasmik Papian can be regarded as one of the most successful lyrical-dramatic sopranos worldwide.

The Armenian artists graduated from “Komitas” High Academy in Yerevan first as a violinist, then as a singer. After her debut at the Armenian National Opera as Rosina (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA) and Mimì (LA BOHÈME), Hasmik Papian soon started an international career and was invited since to numerous theaters, including the most prestigious operatic stages in the world: Vienna State Opera (Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI, Rachel in LA JUIVE, Leonora in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Tosca and Aida), La Scala Milan (Abigaille in NABUCCO), Teatro Liceu Barcelona (Aida), Bastille Opera Paris (Mathilde in GUILLAUME TELL and Lisa in THE QUEEN OF SPADES – also available on DVD) and the Metropolitan Opera New York (Aida, Norma, Lady Macbeth, Leonora in IL TROVATORE). She has sung at the state operas of Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Dresden, in Zurich, Geneva, Madrid, Rome, Bologna, Palermo, Ravenna, Lyon, Toulon, Nice and Monte Carlo, in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Tokyo, Mexico, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo, to name just a few. In North America, she has appeared, among others, at the opera festival of Cincinnati, in San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Washington DC, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.

A central part of her repertoire is Bellini’s Norma which she has sung, among others, in Vienna, Stuttgart, Mannheim, St. Gallen, Turin, Trapani (Festival Luglio Musicale), Warsaw, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Angers, Avignon, Monte Carlo, Orange (Festival Les Chorégies), Hedeland Festival (Denmark), Stockholm, Montreal, Vancouver, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, Washington DC, at the Met, in Rotterdam and Amsterdam (the production of The Netherlands’ Opera has also appeared on DVD). Her vast and versatile repertoire contains twelve Verdi-parts (from LA TRAVIATA to Odabella in ATTILA) and extends from the three Donizetti-Queens (ANNA BOLENA, MARIA STUARDA and Elisabetta Regina d’Inghilterra in ROBERTO DEVEREUX) to Senta in THE FLYING DUTCHMAN and SALOME by Richard Strauss.

Hasmik Papian is very successful also as a concert singer. She has sung the soprano-part in Verdi’s REQUIEM, among others, in Carcassonne, Nice, Marseille, Orange (twice at Chorégies d’Orange), Paris (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre Mogador and Théâtre des Champs Elysées), Bonn, Utrecht, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Warsaw (‘Beethoven Easter Festival’), in Gothenburg, Santiago de Compostella, Barcelona (Teatro Liceu and Palau de musica catalan) and in Mexico (at Palacio Bellas Artes, among others); she sang Beethoven’s 9th SYMPHONY in Palermo, Montreux and Tokyo as well as in Budapest (CD-recording, Naxos). At the Arsenal Concert Hall in Metz, she sang the soprano-part in Gustav Mahler’s 4th SYMPHONY and, to sensational acclaim, FOUR LAST SONGS by Richard Strauss. At the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, she appeared in the title role of Pizzetti’s FEDRA (CD-recording). The Armenian soprano has been starring in numerous Gala Concerts and Solo-Recitals: among others, in Washington DC, Los Angeles (Vibiana Cathedral), Cairo, Beirut, Baalbeck (International Festival), at Festival d’Antibes, Ste. Maxime (inauguration of the new concert hall), London (Wigmore Hall), Vienna (Musikverein) and Paris (Salle Gaveau).

In the course of her unparalleled career, she has sung with such notable conductors as Riccardo Muti, Marcello Viotti, Maurizio Arena, Placido Domingo, Georges Prêtre, Michel Plasson, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, James Levine, Myun Wun Chung, Gennadi Rozhdestvenski and Valerij Gergiev. She has appeared together with Nikolai Ghiaurov, Sherill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, Leo Nucci, René Pape, Thomas Hampson, Renato Bruson, José van Dam, Roberto Alagna, Giacomo Aragall, Giuseppe Giacomini, Salvatore Licitra, Placido Domingo, Neil Shicoff, Vladimir Galuzin, Dolora Zajick, Grace Bumbry, Fiorenza Cossotto, Elena Obrastzova and many other world famous artists.

Hasmik Papian lives in Vienna, Austria. She is married and has a daughter.


(Last update: November 2010)

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Biography - long version: 

“Drop-dead gorgeous … pure magic … heavenly … divine … the biggest success of the season … rispetto e ammirazione … sencillamente sensacional … die beste aller möglichen Normas … Aida wirklich celeste … endlich wieder ein großer Verdi-Sopran … Tosca sonnt sich im Jubel … Schauder der Schönheit … triomphe absolu … géniale … magnifique Hasmik Papian…” - these are some of the praises the singer has been honoured with by the international press over the last few years (Washington Post, Opera News, Orpheus, Le Figaro etc.). Today, Hasmik Papian can be regarded as one of the most successful lyrical-dramatic sopranos worldwide.

The Armenian artists graduated from “Komitas” High Academy in Yerevan first as a violinist, then as a singer. After her debut at the Armenian National Opera as Rosina and Mimì, she was engaged as a soloist among others in Germany by Opera Bonn and Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf. Soon, she started an international career and was invited since to numerous theaters, including the most prestigious operatic stages in the world where she earns much acclaim above all for her interpretation of the great soprano-parts of Bellini, Verdi and Puccini. She sang in five different seasons at the Metropolitan Opera New York up to this day (AIDA, Lady Macbeth, Leonora / IL TROVATORE and NORMA). At the Vienna State Opera, Hasmik Papian appears regularly since 1995 (Donna Anna, AIDA, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, LA JUIVE, TOSCA). At the festival Les Chorégies d’Orange in the South of France, she has appeared as Abigaille / NABUCCO, NORMA, Elisabetta / DON CARLO and twice in Verdi’s REQUIEM so far.

The repertory of the singer is vast and versatile; she sang, among others, the following parts: Bavarian State Opera Munich (Donna Anna, Mimì, Abigaille, AIDA), State Opera Hamburg (Mimì), State Opera Stuttgart (Mimì, TOSCA, NORMA), Deutsche Oper Berlin (AIDA, TOSCA), State Opera Unter den Linden Berlin (AIDA), Semperoper Dresden (Abigaille, Lady Macbeth, AIDA, TOSCA), Opera Bonn (Micaëla, Cecilia / IL GUARANY, LA TRAVIATA among others), Deutsche Oper am Rhein / Düsseldorf (Donna Anna, Mimì, TRAVIATA, Desdemona, Leonora / TROVATORE, AIDA), Aaltotheater Essen (TOSCA, AIDA, Leonora / TROVATORE and LA FORZA DEL DESTINO), State Opera Braunschweig (LA TRAVIATA, TOSCA), Nationaltheater Mannheim (NORMA), State Opera Karlsruhe (Odabella / ATTILA), Opera Cologne (TOSCA); Opera Graz (LA TRAVIATA); Grand Théâtre Geneva (TOSCA), Stadttheater St. Gallen (NORMA), Opera Zurich (Odabella); Teatro Comunale Bologna (Donna Anna), Teatro Massimo Palermo (Mimì), Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome (Leonora / LA FORZA DEL DESTINO), Ravenna Festival (Odabella), La Scala of Milan (Abigaille and Emma / CHOVANTSCHINA), Teatro Giuseppe Verdi Trieste (MARAI STUARDA),Teatro Regio Turin and Festival Luglio Musicale Trapani / Sicily (NORMA).

She has also appeared in the following parts / countries: Festival de Carcassonne (Pamina, LA TRAVIATA, Leonora / TROVATORE, TOSCA among others), Opéra de Marseille (TRAVIATA, AIDA, TOSCA, NORMA), Opéra de Montpellier (Elvira / ERNANI, NORMA, FEDRA, AIDA), Auditorium de Maurice Ravel Lyon (Abigaille), Opéra de Nice (Abigaille, Amelia / SIMON BOCCANEGRA), Opéra de Toulon (Elena / I VESPRI SICILIANI), Monte Carlo (NORMA), Opéra National de Paris La Bastille (Matilde / GUILLAUME TELL and Lisa / QUEEN OF SPADES), Salle Pleyel (AIDA); Opéra de Monte Carlo (NORMA); Flamish Opera Antwerpe / Gent (Elvira and Margareta & Elena / MEFISTOFELE), Opéra de Wallonie Liège (SUOR ANGELICA); Vredenburg Leidscher Rijn Utrecht and Arnheim (AIDA), De Doelen Concertgebouw Rotterdam (NORMA, LA TRAVIATA, TOSCA and BUTTERFLY), Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Odabella), Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam (NORMA); Hedeland Festival/Denmark (NORMA); Opéra Royal de Stockholm (NORMA); Teatro La Maestranza Sevilla (Desdemona), Grand Theatre del Liceu Barcelona (AIDA), Teatro Real Madrid (Lisa / THE QUEEN OF SPADES together with Placido Domingo).

Furthermore, Hasmik Papian has interpreted the following parts at: Cincinnati Opera Festival (TRAVIATA, AIDA), Baltimore (twice NORMA), Colorado Opera Denver (NORMA, Senta / FLYING DUTCHMAN), Washington D.C. Opera (Mimì, NORMA), San Francisco Opera (Olimpia, world premiere of the Armenian opera ARSHAK II.), The Dallas Opera (Elisabetta Regina d’Inghilterra / ROBERTO DEVEREUX and ANNA BOLENA), Michigan Opera Detroit (ANOUSH, NORMA), Carnegie Hall New York (LA JUIVE); Canadian Opera Company Toronto (Lisa), Montreal Opera and Vancouver Opera (NORMA); Marinskij Theater St. Petersburg (Desdemona), Bolshoy Theater Moskau (LA TRAVIATA); Teatr Wielki / Polish National Opera Warsaw (NORMA, TOSCA, TRAVIATA, Abigaille and Salome); New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv (LA JUIVE); Santiago de Chile (Mimì); Mexico Bellas Artes (TOSCA); National Opera Seoul (AIDA); New Tokyo Opera (Abigaille).

Her signature role is Bellini’s NORMA. Hasmik Papian has sung this role, by many regarded as the most difficult part in the whole soprano repertory, among others in Vienna (Volksoper), Turin, Marseille, Montpellier, Angers, Nantes, Avignon, Monte Carlo, at the festivals Chorégies d’Orange, Hedeland (Denmark) and Luglio Trapanese, in Warsaw, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Stockholm, St. Gallen, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Montreal, Vancouver, Baltimore, Detroit, Denver and Washington D.C.; in 2007, she starred to much acclaim in a revival of the opera at the Metropolitan Opera New York. The NORMA-production from Amsterdam has been released on DVD in Oktober 2006 (opus arte). Also available on DVD is THE QUEEN OF SPADES (TDK, 2007) from the Paris opera.

Also as a concert singer, Hasmik Papian is widely acclaimed. She has sung the soprano-part in Verdi’s REQUIEM among others in Carcassonne, Nice, Marseille, Lille, Paris (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre Mogador and Théâtre des Champs Elysées), Bonn (Beethovenhalle), Utrecht (Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn), Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the festivals Chorégies d’Orange (twice) and ‘Beethoven Easter’ of Warsaw, in Gothenburg, Santiago de Compostella, Barcelona (Teatro Liceu and Palau de la musica catalan), Brazil (Sala Sao Paulo) and in Mexico (among others Palacio Bellas Artes); she sang Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY in Palermo, Montreux and Tokyo as well as in Budapest (CD-recording, Naxos) ; Brahm’s EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM in Milan and Antibes. At the Arsenal Concert Hall in Metz, she sang the soprano-part in Gustav Mahler’s 4th SYMPHONY and, to sensational acclaim, FOUR LAST SONGS by Richard Strauss.

The Armenian soprano has been starring in Gala Concerts among others in Heilbronn, Duisburg (Mercatorhalle), in Ste. Maxime (South of France), at the Philharmonic in Bratislava, the State Opera of Warsaw, the Unesco Palace Beirut, the International Festival of Baalbeck and in Cairo. She has given Solo-Recitals among others at Festival d’Antibes, in Marseille, Montpellier, Washington D.C., at Vibiana Cathedral in Los Angeles, London (Wigmore Hall), Vienna (Musikverein) and Paris (Salle Gaveau).

During her first years as a soloist, Hasmik Papian has won numerous international competitions such as Moscow (Tchaikovsky), Sofia, Toulouse and Vienna (Belvedere). In the course of her unparalleled career, she has sung with such notable conductors as Riccardo Muti, Maurizio Arena, Marcello Viotti, Gary Bertini, Maurizio Benini, Marco Armiliato, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Placido Domingo, Jean-Claude Casadessus, Georges Prêtre, Michel Plasson, Stefan Soltesz, Thomas Hengelbrock, Ivor Bolton, Simone Young, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Steinberg, James Conlon, James Levine, Myun Wun Chung, Gennadi Rozhdestvenski and Valerij Gergiev. She has appeared together with Nikolai Ghiaurov, Sherill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, Leo Nucci, Bernd Weikl, Thomas Hampson, Renato Bruson, José van Dam, Roberto Alagna, Giacomo Aragall, Giuseppe Giacomini, Salvatore Licitra, Placido Domingo, Neil Shicoff, Vladimir Galuzin, Dolora Zajick, Grace Bumbry, Fiorenza Cossotto, Elena Obrastzova and many other world famous artists.

Hasmik Papian lives in Vienna, Austria. She is married and has a daughter.
(Last update: November 2010)

 

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