Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season singing the title role in Jenufa.
Grigorian studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, and was a founding member of Vilnius City Opera. In 2019 she made her debut at La Scala, Milan, as Marie/Marietta (Die tote Stadt). Selected other appearances include Salome and Marie (Wozzeck) at the Salzburg Festival, Manon Lescaut and Iolanta at Oper Frankfurt, Liza (The Queen of Spades) for Vilnius City Opera, Fedora and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) for Royal Swedish Opera, Tamara (Rubinstein’s The Demon) for the Liceu, Barcelona, Paulina (The Gambler) for Theater Basel, Giorgetta (Il tabarro) and Suor Angelica for Rome Opera, Marie (Wozzeck) for Norwegian National Opera and in concert at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Chrysothemis (Elektra) in concert at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Desdemona (Otello) at the Mariinsky Theatre, and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Komische Oper Berlin and in Wiesbaden.
Grigorian has been awarded the Golden Stage Cross, the highest award for singers in Lithuania, twice (in 2005 and 2010). In 2016 she won the Young Female Singer prize at the International Opera Awards, followed by Female Singer of the Year in 2019. She has sung in concert with orchestras including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Vienna Philharmonic, and in 2019 performed Shostakovich’s Symphony no.14 with the Ensemble Resonanz at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and performed in the opening concert of the BBC Proms in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass.