Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian made her Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlo) and has since sung Hélène (Les Vêpres siciliennes), Mimì (La bohème) and Leonora (Il trovatore). She returns in the 2019/20 Season as Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly).
Haroutounian grew up in an opera-loving family and studied piano and voice at the Conservatory of Erevan and singing at the Centre de Formation Lyrique de l’Opéra-Bastille. Her operatic appearances have included Cio-Cio-San for Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, San Francisco Opera and Seattle Opera, Elizabeth of Valois for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Berlin State Opera and Hamburg State Opera, Hélène for Frankfurt Opera, Desdemona (Otello) and Leonora for Teatro Real, Madrid, the title roles in Iolanta and Tosca for Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Nedda (Pagliacci) for San Francisco Opera, Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) for the Metropolitan Opera and in concert at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Mimì for Opera Australia and Adriana Lecouvreur in concert for La Monnaie, Brussels.
Haroutounian performs widely in recital and in concert, her repertory including Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe solennelle, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Requiem. She has won prizes in many prestigious international competitions.