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 besides roles such as Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Leonora (La forza del destino), Leonora (Il trovatore), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Mimì, Cio-Cio San,  Rachel (La juive),  Maddalena (Andrea Chénier), Donna Elvira,   Desdemona, Maria (Mazeppa),  Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) and Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe), 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 Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and guested as Ariadne auf Naxos at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, as a solist in Verdi's Massa da requiem in Stuttgart and with a Tschaikowsky-recital at Palace of Arts Budapest. As a member of the ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover Karine Babajanyan is singing regularly roles like Manon, Tosca, Elisabetta and Senta, there. She guested as Mimi at Hungarian State Opera Budapest and at festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, as Tosca at Oper Leipzig and at State Opera in Prague and as Cio-Cio San at Staatsoper Stuttgart. In the current season, she is again guesting as Tosca in Leipzig and is singing her first Aida in Hannover. In autumn 2018, she will make her debut as Minnie in 'La fanciulla del west'. 

Further guest engagements also led her to Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Hamburg, Opernhaus Zürich, Oper Köln, Nationaltheater Mannheim, New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, de Vlaamse Opera, Finish National Opera, to Grand Théâtre de Génève, Royal Danish Theatre Copenhagen, Opera House of National Grand Theatre Beijing, New National Theatre Tokyo and 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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