Mariinsky Theatre Guest Soloist
Asmik Grigorian studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in her home city of Vilnius, where she began her operatic career while still a student.
She was a founding member of the Vilnius City Opera and has twice received her country’s highest theatre award, the Golden Stage Cross: in 2005 for her role debut as Violetta and in 2010 for her performances as Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd).
Asmik made her Mariinsky Theatre debut in 2012 as Giorgetta, Suor Angelica and Lauretta (Il trittico) and has since returned to sing Lisa (The Queen of Spades), Desdemona (Otello), Rusalka (Dvořák’s Rusalka) and Natasha (Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka).
Her engagements have taken her to the Hamburg State Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Royal Opera in Stockholm, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Vlaamse Opera in Ghent and Antwerp, the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and the Latvian National Opera among others. Her operatic roles include the title role in Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Leonora (Il trovatore), Rachel (La Juive), Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), Tamara (The Demon).
She made her Salzburg Festival debut as Marie (Wozzeck) in 2017 and sang her first Salome there in 2018. The role of Salome won her the 2019 Austrian Music Theatre Award for Best Female Lead. The 2018–19 season saw Asmik’s debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Marietta (Franco Abbiati Prize, 2020) in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt under Alan Gilbert in a production by Graham Vick and her role debut as Iolanta at the Oper Frankfurt.
The 2019–20 season saw Asmik’s return to the role of Manon Lescaut at the Oper Frankfurt and at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and Chrysothemis (Elektra) at the Salzburg Festival in a production by Krzysztof Warlikowski under Franz Welser-Möst.
Asmik returned to the stage in the 2020–21 season as the title role in Christof Loy’s Rusalka at the Teatro Real (Madrid) under Ivor Bolton. She performed the title role in Madama Butterfly for her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper and later makes her debut at the Opéra de Paris in The Queen of Spades. Asmik will also debut at the Bayreuth Festival in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production of Die fliegende Holländer under Oksana Lyniv. Later, she makes her debuts at Covent Garden, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Asmik works with many of the world’s leading conductors including Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Yves Abel, Vladimir Jurowski, Markus Stenz, Mikhail Tatarnikov and Michael Tilson Thomas. Frequently collaborates with top stage directors including Romeo Castellucci, Claus Guth, Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, Barrie Kosky, Àlex Ollé, Peter Konwitschny, Robert Wilson and Vasily Barkhatov.
Asmik Grigorian won the Young Female Singer prize at the International Opera Awards in 2016, followed by Female Singer of the Year in 2019.
Information for January 2021