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Introducing… Anush Hovhannisyan

By Ailie Crerar

30th July 2019

A member of MOS’ Artistic Advisory Board, Anush Hovhannisyan was nominated for the 2018 International Opera Awards and was a finalist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.



What was your first professional job?

Opera chorus member


Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Albert Einstein, Elon Musk and Michio Kaku – that would be a very interesting dinner!


What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?

Never, ever to compare myself with others.


What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

That life is a line up of benign accidents.


What excites you about working with young musicians?

The process of self-discovery.


A bit more about Anush:

Anush Hovhannisyan is a winner of number of international competitions and recipient of special prizes from Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera. She was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, performing under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Oren and Sir Antonio Pappano.


Her debut as Violetta La traviata with Scottish Opera was described as “star is born moment” (The Sunday Times). She revived the same role for the Welsh National Opera. Her highly acclaimed performances include Amaltea Mosè in Egitto, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Sitâ Le Roi de Lahore, the title role in Maria Stuarda and the Italian première of Liszt’s Sardanapolo.


Her recordings include Rimsky-Korsakov Romances (Stone Records), A Century of Song, Vol. 2 with (VIVAT), Scriabin songs (DECCA). She has performed in series of recitals on BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day.

Anush graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a Samling Artist, Georg Solti Foundation scholar and the recipient of Haidee Saretski Prize at Les Azuriales Competition.


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