Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy in her native Vilnius and started her operatic career while she was still a student.
She made her sensational role debut as Salome in Romeo Castellucci’s new production of Strauss’s opera under Franz Welser-Möst at the 2018 Salzburg Festival, for which she won the Austrian Music Theatre Award as Best Female Singer in 2019. Following her Salzburg appearances, she made her debut at La Scala, Milan, singing Marietta (Die tote Stadt) in a new production by Graham Vick conducted by Alan Gilbert and made her role debut as Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Frankfurt Opera.
Her concert engagements during the 2018/19 season included Lieder by Strauss at the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with Ensemble Resonanz at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and her acclaimed appearance in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass at the opening concert of the 2019 BBC Proms.
Asmik Grigorian has sung in leading opera houses and at major festivals all over the world. This summer she makes her Edinburgh International Festival debut as Tatyana in Barrie Kosky’s production of Eugene Onegin and returns to Salzburg as Salome and for a concert performance of Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony. Commitments in the 2019/20 season include Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Frankfurt Opera, Bellini’s Norma at the Theater an der Wien and her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Janáček’s Jenůfa. Other plans include the title role in Christof Loy’s new production of Rusalka at the Teatro Royal in Madrid and her debuts at the Vienna State Opera and the Bayreuth Festival, in Baden-Baden, at the Paris Opéra and at the Metropolitan Opera.
Asmik Grigorian is a founding member of the Vilnius City Opera and has twice been awarded the Golden Stage Cross, Lithuania’s highest theatre award: in 2005 for her debut as Violetta (La traviata) and in 2010 for her performances as Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd). In 2016 she was named Young Female Singer at the International Opera Awards and in 2019 Female Singer of the Year.