Artist of the Week: Kristina Mkhitaryan

Soprano Makes Opera Di Roma Debut

By Francisco Salazar

Over the past few years, Soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan’s star has been rapidly rising in the opera world. Since winning second prize at the Operalia Competition, the soprano has been making important debuts, role debuts and opening productions. And this week Mkhitaryan headlines another important production and a house debut.

After a series of debuts, Mkhitaryan will make her Opera di Roma debut headlining a new production of “La Traviata” at the ancient bathhouse of Caracalla. Directed by Lorenzo Mariani, the soprano returns to the role of Violetta for which she has gained rave reviews in the past. Of her interpretation of the Verdi heroine,  OperaWire noted, “if her Violetta is anything to go by, there is no doubt this sensational soprano from Novorossiysk has a dazzling future.”

For those who will not be there to see “La Traviata,” she will sing the role for her Palm Beach and Bayerische Staatsoper debuts. She will also make her Sydney Opera House, as well as her Metropolitan Opera debut next season. She will also return to Glyndebourne for “Rinaldo” and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for “Carmen.”


For those not familiar with Mkhitaryan’s voice, here is a recording of her recent debut at the Palau de les Arts in “Il Corsaro” and a look at her award-winning competition performance at Operalia. Below is also a clip of her “Traviata” from the Bolshoi Theatre.


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