“Drop-dead gorgeous … pure magic … heavenly … divine … the biggest success of the season … sensational … the best of all possible Normas … Aida really celestial … finally again a great Verdi-Soprano … triomphe absolu … géniale … magnifique Hasmik Papian…” – these are some of the praises the singer has been honored with by the international press over the last few years (Washington Post, Opera News, Orpheus, Le Figaro, etc.).
The Armenian artist graduated from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory first as a violinist, then as a singer. After her debut at the Armenian National Opera as Rosina (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA) and Mimì (LA BOHÈME), Hasmik Papian soon started an international career and was invited since to numerous theatres, including the most prestigious operatic stages in the world: Vienna State Opera (Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI, Rachel in LA JUIVE, Leonora in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Abigaille in NABUCCO, Lisa in QUEEN OF SPADES, TOSCA and AIDA), La Scala in Milan (Abigaille in NABUCCO), Teatro Liceu in Barcelona (AIDA), Bastille Opera in Paris (Mathilde in GUILLAUME TELL and Lisa in THE QUEEN OF SPADES – also available on DVD) and the Metropolitan Opera in New York (AIDA, NORMA, Lady Macbeth, Leonora in IL TROVATORE). She has sung at the state operas of Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Dresden, in Zurich, Geneva, Madrid, Seville, Rome, Bologna, Palermo, Ravenna, Naples, Lyon, Toulon, and Nice, in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Tokyo, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo, to name just a few. In North America, she has appeared, among others, at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the opera festival of Cincinnati as well as in San Francisco, Dallas and Toronto.
A central part of her repertoire is Bellini’s NORMA which she has sung, among others, in Vienna, Stuttgart, Mannheim, St. Gallen, Turin, Trapani (Festival Luglio Musicale), Warsaw, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Angers, Avignon, Monte Carlo, Orange (Festival Les Chorégies), Hedeland Festival (Denmark), Stockholm, Montreal, Vancouver, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, Washington DC, at the Met, in Rotterdam and Amsterdam (the production of The Netherlands’ Opera has also appeared on DVD). Her vast and versatile repertoire contains twelve Verdi-parts (from LA TRAVIATA to Odabella in ATTILA) and extends from the three Donizetti-Queens (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Elisabetta in ROBERTO DEVEREUX) to La Gioconda, Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai, SALOME, Senta in THE FLYING DUTCHMAN and Isolde in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE.
Hasmik Papian is very successful also as a concert singer. She has sung the soprano-part in Verdi’s REQUIEM, among others, in Carcassonne, Nice, Marseille, Orange (twice at Chorégies d’Orange), Paris (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre Mogador and Théâtre des Champs Elysées), Bonn, Utrecht, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Warsaw (Beethoven Easter Festival), in Gothenburg, Santiago de Compostella, Barcelona (Teatro Liceu and Palau de Musica Catalan) and in Mexico (at Palacio Bellas Artes, among others); Britten’s WAR REQUIEM in Salzburg and Linz; Janacek’s GLAGOLITIC MASS at Gewandhaus Leipzig. She sang Beethoven’s 9th SYMPHONY in Palermo, Montreux and Tokyo as well as in Budapest (CD-recording, Naxos). At the Arsenal Concert Hall in Metz, she sang the soprano-part in Gustav Mahler’s 4th SYMPHONY and, to sensational acclaim, FOUR LAST SONGS by Richard Strauss. At the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, she appeared, among others, in the title role of Pizzetti’s FEDRA (CD-recording). The Armenian soprano has been starring in numerous gala concerts and solo-recitals: in Washington DC, Los Angeles (Vibiana Cathedral), Cairo, Beirut, Baalbeck (International Festival), at Festival d’Antibes, Ste. Maxime (inauguration of the new concert hall), Konzerthaus Dortmund, London (Wigmore Hall), Vienna (Musikverein) and Paris (Salle Gaveau), among others.
In the course of her unparalleled career, she has sung with such notable conductors as Riccardo Muti, Marcello Viotti, Daniele Gatti, Nello Santi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Georges Prêtre, Michel Plasson, James Conlon, James Levine, Myun Wun Chung, Gennadi Rozhdestvenski and Valerij Gergiev. She has appeared together with Nikolai Ghiaurov, Sherill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, Leo Nucci, René Pape, Thomas Hampson, Renato Bruson, José van Dam, Roberto Alagna, Giacomo Aragall, Giuseppe Giacomini, Salvatore Licitra, Placido Domingo, Neil Shicoff, Dolora Zajick, Grace Bumbry, Fiorenza Cossotto, Elena Obrastzova and many other world famous artists.
Hasmik Papian lives in Vienna, Austria.