Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Micaëla (Carmen).
Mkhitaryan was born in Novorossyisk and graduated from the Galina Vishnevskaya Theatre Studio in Moscow in 2004. She went on to further studies with Ruzanna Lisician at the Gnesin Music College, and in the vocal faculty of the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music. She was a soloist of the Gnesin Opera Studio (2009–12) and a member of the Young Artist Opera Programme of the Bolshoi Theatre (2012–15). She has sung for Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Bergen National Opera, Royal Danish Opera and Norwegian National Opera, in roles including Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Sole/Isifile (Cavalli’s Il Giasone), Violetta Valéry (La traviata) and Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi). In summer 2017 she made her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Violetta Valéry.
Mkhitaryan’s awards include First Prize at the Queen Sonja International Competition in Oslo (2013), Third Prize at the Neue Stimmen Competition (2013), and Second Prize in Operalia (2017).