„Karine Babajanyan performs her role [as Manon] adorably, with her multifarious, full bodied soprano, always focused and controlled, which lights up on brilliant heights. She manages to illustrate the true feelings of the moment convincingly as well as her thoughts and the confusing feelings of being torn - especially in Act 2. This raises then to the point of her desperation in Act 3, which is more the moaning about the own failure than the pain that she cannot live her love together with Des Grieux. Besides these big feelings she sets discreet highlights, e.g. with a subtle implied mockery when she sings ‘Geronte schreibt Madrigale’. A great performance of an exceptionally gifted singer and actress.“ (Online Musik Magazin)
Karine Babajanyan completed her vocal studies with honours at the Conservatory of Yerevan, Armenia, and was engaged immediately to the National Theatre Eriwan. Soon first engagements at the theatres of Koblenz, Bielefeld, the Komische Oper Berlin, State Opera Hannover and Aalto-Theatre Essen followed. From 2003 to 2011, she was a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Her broad repertoire includes amongst others Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Mimì, Cio-Cio San, Liù, Hanna Glawari, Rachel (La juive), Leonora (Il trovatore), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Leonora (La forza del destino), Desdemona, Nedda, Maria (Mazeppa), Alice Ford (Falstaff) as well as the title parts in Carmen, Jenufa, Aida, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Suor Angelica and Norma. Since 2011, Karine Babajanyan is working freelance. She was invited for guest engagements to State Opera Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Semperoper Dresden, Staate Opera Hamburg, New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Vlaamse Opera, Opera Beijing, Opera Zurich, Opera Cologne, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Grand Théâtre de Génève, the Opera House Copenhagen, New National Theatre Tokyo, Bregenz Festival and to the Finish National Opera as well as to Mexico City, Warsaw, Basel and Bern. She worked with conductors and stage directors such as Daniel Oren, Carlo Rizzi, Nicola Luisotti, Robin Ticciati, Lothar Zagrosek, Muhai Tang, Stefan Soltesz, Alexander Joel, Helmut Rilling, Piergiorgio Morandi, Jonathan Nott, Carlo Montanaro und Julian Kovatchev; Peter Konwitschny, Philipp Himmelmann, Graham Vick, Jossi Wieler, Tatjana Gürbaca, Monique Wagemakers, Michael Schulz and Dietrich Hilsdorf. A “Puccini singer in a class of her own” (Das Opernglas), Karine Babajanyan has recorded a CD of arias and duets (with tenor Giuseppe Giacomini) by Giacomo Puccini for EMI.
The start of the season 2015/16 is marked by Karine Babajanyan’s debut at the Bavarian State Opera Munich as Elena in the new production of Mefistofele, she sings Ariadne auf Naxos at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Duisburg, a Verdi-Requiem in the Stuttgart Liederhalle and a Tschaikowsky-recital in the Palace of Arts Budapest. Plans for the season 2016-17 include her return to the Bavarian State Opera for Mefistofele, the title role of Manon Lescaut in a new production at the Hannover State Opera, Mimi at the Hungarian State Opera Budapest and the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf.