Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian was born in Vilnius and studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. A founding member of the Vilnius City Opera, she has twice been awarded the Golden Stage Cross, the highest theatre award in Lithuania: in 2005 for her role debut as Violetta (La traviata) and in 2010 for her performances as Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd). At the International Opera Awards she was voted Young Female Singer of the Year in 2016 and Female Singer of the Year in 2019.
Asmik Grigorian began her internation al career with her triumphant success in Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and since then has made a name for herself both in the concert hall and on the operatic stage. In 2016 Stockholm audiences have also heard her as Giordano’s Fedora in a production by Christof Loy, with whom she regularly works, while she was no less acclaimed as Marie (Wozzeck) under Markus Stenz at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
She made her Salzburg Festival debut as Marie under Vladimir Jurowski in 2017 in a production by William Kentridge. In 2018 she made her sensational role debut as Salome under Franz Welser-Möst in a production by Romeo Castellucci, winning the Austrian Music Theatre Prize in 2019 in the category of Best Female Lead. In the 2018/19 season she made her debut at La Scala, Milan, as Marietta (Die tote Stadt) under Alan Gilbert in a new production by Graham Vick and made her role debut as Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Frankfurt Opera. She returned to the Salzburg Festival in 2020 as Chrysothemis (Elektra).
In 2020/21 Asmik Grigorian sang the title role in Loy’s production of Rusalka under Ivor Bolton at the Teatro Real in Madrid and made her debuts at the Vienna State Opera in Madama Butterfly and at the Paris Opéra, where she appeared in three concerts. She made her Bayreuth Festival debut as Senta in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of Der fliegende Holländer in July 2021. Plans include her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Jenůfa in Claus Guth’s new production of Janáček’s opera and her debuts at the Berlin and Bavarian State Operas and at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus.
Asmik Grigorian’s debut album will appear on the Alpha Classics label in 2022 featuring songs by Rakhmaninov. She and her accompanist Lukas Genusias will be presenting this programme during a European tour in 2021/22 that will take them to La Scala, to the Grand Théâtre de Genève, to the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and elsewhere.