Karine Babajanyan

Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos

Biography

Karine Babajanyan will sing the role of Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos in following performances: March 3, 7, 10 & 13 In 2007, the soprano will sing for the first time at the SUMMER FESTIVAL ON LAKE CONSTANCE in a NEW PRODUCTION of Tosca (title role).The highlights of the season 2007-2008 include a NEW PRODUCTION of Madame Butterfly (Cio-Cio San) in GRAZ, Norma (title role) in STUTTGART and Madame Butterfly in Tokyo are already planned. Karine Babajanyan was born in Yerevan,Armenia. She studied singing at the State Conservatory Yerevan with Prof.Tatevik Sazandaryan , furthering her studies in Rome with Mirella Parutto.In 1996,she won the A.Isahakian Song Contest, the Austro-German Music Contest and in 1998 – “Competizione Dell Opera” in Hamburg. Since 1999, the soprano has been living in Germany.She has sung with the festivals of Bregenz, Baden-Baden, Ruhr Trienale, Schleswig -Holstein, Rheingau, Praga Autumn, Miskolc International Festival and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in concerts broadcast live from Suntory Hall in Tokio. Her opera house appearances include Mexico City Opera, Tokyo New National Opera, Basel and Bern in Switzerland, Graz in Austria, Berlin, Hamburg, Essen, Hannover, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Karine Babajanyan’s richly varied repertoire includes more than 20 roles such as Butterfly, Tosca, Leonora (Il Trovatore),Norma, Mimi (La Boheme), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Amelia (Un ballo in mascera), Leonora (La forza del destino), Desdemona (Otello), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) Elettra (Idomeneo), Nedda (I Pagliaci), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Jenufa and Manon Lescaut.The jornal Opernwelt nominated her in 2001 as singer of the year for her Manon Lescaut and her Cio-Cio-San. Future projects include: Fiordiligi in Helsinki (Finnland National Theatre), in Antwerpen (Belgium)- Cio-Cio-San and Elisabetta (Don Carlos) and Tatiana, Liu in Stuttgart. The highlights of the seasons 2001-2006 were her debut as Mimi in La Bohème at the STATE OPERA HANNOVER, Leonora (Il Trovatore) at the STATE THEATRE STUTTGART, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the NATIONAL THEATRE MANNHEIM and in BUDAPEST, Norma in OSLO and at the THEATRE BASLE, Maddalena in a NEW PRODUCTION of Andrea Chénier at the AALTO THEATRE in ESSEN.Since autumn 2003 she has been a member of the score of the STATE THEATRE STUTTGART. She represents there the roles of Mimi, Donna Elvira, Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) and sings in Una cosa rara.She was invited to sing the Mimi and Maddalena at the AALTO THEATRE ESSEN, Cio-Cio San in HANNOVER and HAMBURG, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) and Norma in Bielefeld and Nedda (I Pagliacci) in ERFURT.

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