Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian was born into a family of musicians in Vilnius. She studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and began her operatic career while still a student. A founding member of the Vilnius City Opera, she has twice been awarded the Golden Stage Cross, her country’s highest accolade for singers: in 2005 for her role debut as Violetta (La traviata) and in 2010 for her performances as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd. In 2016 she was honoured with the Young Female Singer award at the International Opera Awards, followed by Female Singer of the Year in 2019. She was voted Female Singer of the Year 2019 also in the annual critics’ poll of Opernwelt magazine.
Asmik Grigorian made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2017 as Marie (Wozzeck) and returned in 2018 for her sensational role debut as Salome under Franz Welser-Möst in a staging by Romeo Castellucci that won her the 2019 Austrian Music Theatre Award as Best Female Lead. Engagements in 2018/19 included her debut at La Scala, Milan, as Marietta in Graham Vick’s new production of Die tote Stadt under Alan Gilbert, her role debut as Iolanta for the Frankfurt Opera and a return to the Royal Opera in Stockholm for Madama Butterfly.
Concert engagements included a selection of Strauss lieder for voice and orchestra at the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony with Ensemble Resonanz at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. In July 2019 she took part in an acclaimed performance of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass at the opening of the BBC Proms before appearing as Tatiana in Barrie Kosky’s production of Eugene Onegin at the Edinburgh International Festival. She subseqently returned to Salzburg for two performances of Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic under Welser-Möst and for that summer’s revival of Salome.
Engagements in 2019/20 have included the title role in a new production of Manon Lescaut in Frankfurt and Polina in Prokofiev’s The Gambler at the Lithuanian National Opera. Plans after her appearances as Chrysothemis (Elektra) in Salzburg include her debuts at the Vienna State Opera, the Bayreuth Festival, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Paris Opéra, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.