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Recent performances include:

 

Tosca 
Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris & Leipzig

 

Iris 
Konzerthaus Berlin

 

La fanciulla del West
Oper Leipzig

 

Madama Butterfly

Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago

 

Das Land des Lächelns
Budapest

 

Madama Butterfly, Die Gezeichneten & Aida
Hanover State Opera

 

Ariadne auf Naxos
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf

 

 

Karine Babajanyan completed her vocal studies with honours at the Conservatory of Eriwan, later perfecting her technique in Rome with Mirella Parutto and in Stuttgart with Dunja Vejzovic.

 

The Armenian soprano began her career at the National Theatre in Yerevan. After first appearances in Germany in Berlin, Essen, Hannover, Koblenz, and Bielefeld, she was named a soloist of the Stuttgart Staatsoper from 2003 to 2011. During these years she performed such diverse roles as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Elettra in Idomeneo, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Leonora in Il trovatore, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Mimì in La bohème, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and Norma.

 

The soprano's exceptionally wide-ranging repertoire is apparent from guest engagements that have brought her to the Bavarian State Opera (new production of Mefistofele), Berlin Staatsoper (Così fan tutte), the Hamburg Staatsoper (Madama Butterfly, Ariadne auf Naxos), the Frankfurt Oper (Madama Butterfly), the Dresden Semperoper (La bohème), the Zurich Opera (La juive), the Salle Gaveau, the New National Theatre Tokyo (Madama Butterfly), the Beijing Opera (Un ballo in maschera), the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv (La juive and Jenufa), the Bregenz Festival (Tosca and Aida), the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago (La bohème and Madama Butterfly) the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Madama Butterfly), the Finnish National Opera (Così fan tutte), the Royal Opera of Copenhagen (Così fan tutte), the Ópera de Bellas Artes of Mexico City (Eugene Onegin), the Vlaamse Opera of Antwerp (Madama Butterfly, Don Carlos, and Don Giovanni), Warsaw (Don Carlo), and the opera houses of Basel (Eugene Onegin and Norma) and Bern (Mazeppa), among others.

 

Engagements of the 2019/2020 season led her to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Oper Leipzig and the  Festival Opéra en Plein in Paris in the title role of Tosca, to the Konzerthaus Berlin in the title part of Mascagni's rarely performed Iris and to the Oper Leipzig as Minnie in La fanciulla del West. She also performed concerts and recitals in Toronto and Nürnberg. Performances of La fanciulla del West at the Korea National Opera in Seoul and of Das Land des Lächelns in Shanghai were cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis. In the 2020/2021 season, Karine Babajanyan is scheduled to sing the title role of Tosca for her Seattle Opera debut, amongst others.

 

In the 2018/2019 season, the soprano made her house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Tosca, a part she also performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and at the Oper Leipzig. She also made her role debuts as Minnie in a new production of Puccini's La fanciulla del West at Oper Leipzig, as Carlotta in a new staging of Schreker's Die Gezeichneten at the Hannover State Opera and as Lisa in Das Land des Lächelns at the Grand Opera Shanghai and later at the Palace of Arts in Budapest, and sang performances in the title roles of Carmen at the Dubai Opera and in Yerevan, Madama Butterfly and Aida at the Hanover State Opera and of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.

 

In the 2017/2018 season Karine Babajanyan returned to the Staatsoper Stuttgart in the title role of Madama Butterfly, performed Tosca at Oper Leipzig and the Yerevan Opera Theatre, Verdi's Messa da Requiem at the Philharmonie of Paris, the title role of Aida in a new production at the Hanover State Opera, where she also appeared in the title role of Manon Lescaut and as Elisabetta in Don Carlo.

 

Karine Babajanyan has worked with such conductors and stage directors as Daniel Oren, Carlo Rizzi, Nicola Luisotti, Robin Ticciati, Lothar Zagrosek, Muhai Tang, Stefan Soltesz, Alexander Joel, Helmut Rilling, Piergiorgio Morandi, Jonathan Nott, Carlo Montanaro, and Julian Kovatchev; Peter Konwitschny, Philipp Himmelmann, Graham Vick, Jossi Wieler, Tatjana Gürbaca, Monique Wagemakers, Michael Schulz, and Dietrich Hilsdorf.

 

A “Puccini singer in a class of her own” (Das Opernglas), Karine Babajanyan has recorded a CD of arias and duets (with tenor Giuseppe Giacomini) by Giacomo Puccini for EMI.

 

June 2020