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Lianna Haroutounian

Soprano

Biography

Lianna Haroutounian in action.
Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

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).

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 Adriana Lecouvreur in concert for La Monnaie, Brussels, Hélène in Frankfurt and Bilbao, Elena (I vespri siciliani) in Athens, Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, with Plácido Domingo and James Levine, Elisabetta (Don Carlo) for the Metropolitan Opera, in Zürich with Fabio Luisi, at the Verbier Festival with Daniel Harding and at the Annecy Classic Festival, Desdemona (Otello) for Teatro Real, Madrid, in Bilbao, with Nicola Luisotti at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, and in Sydney, Tosca with Riccardo Frizza and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) in San Francisco and Leonora (Il trovatore) in Naples with Luisotti.

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.

Videos

News and features

Watch: How to play an operatic tyrant

Watch: How to play an operatic tyrant

6 February 2017

The cast and creative team of Verdi’s Il trovatore on what makes the opera's score and characters so impactful.

Verdi’s <em>Il trovatore</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 31 January 2017

Verdi’s Il trovatore to be relayed live to cinemas on 31 January 2017

26 January 2017

David Bösch’s haunting Royal Opera production features some of the composer's most recognisable music, including the Anvil Chorus.

Watch: Finding the light in Verdi’s <em>Il trovatore</em> - 'There is love and there is hope'

Watch: Finding the light in Verdi’s Il trovatore - 'There is love and there is hope'

18 July 2016

Verdi's opera is infamous for its darkness and violence, but the cast and creative team of The Royal Opera's recent production believe it has a positive message too.

Photos

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora, Francesco Meli as Manrico and Željko Lučić as Count di Luna in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian in Les Vêpres siciliennes, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutonian

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene and Bryan Hymel as Henri in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene and Erwin Schrott as Procida in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Francesco Meli as Manrico and Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora and Željko Lučić as Count di Luna in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Francesco Meli as Manrico and Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene and The Royal Opera Chorus in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene, Erwin Schrott as Procida and Bryan Hymel as Henri in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian

Francesco Meli as Manrico and Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene and Bryan Hymel as Henri in Les Vêpres siciliennes

Lianna Haroutounian as Helene in Les Vêpres siciliennes