Karine Babajanyan

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.“

Karine Babajanyan completed her vocal studies with honours at the Conservatory of Yerevan, Armenia, and was engaged immediately to the National Theatre Eriwan. Further engagements led her to Koblenz and Bielefeld, to the Komische Oper Berlin, the Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover and to Aalto-Theater Essen. From 2003 to 2011, she was a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Since then, she is working freelance.

Her broad repertoire includes amongst others Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Mimì, Cio-Cio San, Liù, Hanna Glawari, Rachel (La juive), Leonora (Il trovatore), Maddalena (Andrea Chénier), 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. 

In season 2015/16 she made her debut as Elena (Mefistofele) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and guested as Ariadne auf Naxos at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Duisburg, as solist in Verdi-Requiem in the Stuttgart Liederhalle and a Tschaikowsky-recital in the Palace of Arts Budapest. In 2016/17 Karine Babajanyan returned to Munich as Elena and could be heard as Manon Lescaut, Tosca and Senta at the Staatstheater Hannover, as Mimi at the Hungarian State Opera Budapest and as Ariadne at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf. Plans for the upcoming season include Manon Lescaut and Senta again in Hannover, cio-Cio San at the Oper Stuttgart, Tosca at the Oper Leipzig and Mimi at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago.

Guest engagements also led her to the Staatsoper Berlin, the Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt, the Semperoper Dresden, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Oper Köln, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, the de Vlaamse Opera, the Finish National Opera, to the Grand Théâtre de Génève, the Royal Danish Theatre Copenhagen, the Opera House of National Grand Theatre Beijing, the New National Theatre Tokyo and the Bregenz Festival 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. As 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.

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