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Concert in Yerevan

Hasmik Papian has sung a solo-recital in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on July 20th, 2005, at Khatchaturyan-Hall of the National Philharmonic. This concert under the title "Hommage à Komitas" was dedicated entirely to the works of the genius of the classical Armenian music, Komitas. The soprano was accompanied by world famous Armenian pianis

News from Armenia

On July 12th, 2005, Hasmik Papian has received the Order of Saint Sahak – Saint Mesrop from the hands of His Holiness, Karekin II., Catholicos of All Armenians, at the Mother See of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Etchmiatzin. During the event, the Supreme Patriarch pointed out that Hasmik Papian has conquered the most important operatic stages of the world and has appeared side by side with the most illustrious s

Norma in Montreal and Detroit

Hasmik Papian has started the new season as Norma making her debut at Opéra de Montréal (Canada), on September 17th, 2005 (with five more performances until October 1st). After that, she sang a new production of Bellini's opera at Michigan Opera, Detroit. Go to the "Reviews"-page (see men

Aida at the Met – Lifetime Achievement Award of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, New York

The return of the Armenian soprano as Aida to the New York Metropolitan Opera on October 29, 2005, ended up in a huge, personal success. Hasmik Papian who has made her debut at the Met in the same role back in 1999, was acclaimed above all for her rendition of the “Nile”-Aria; during the final curtain calls, the audience r

Another Norma, Another Triumph

t was the seventh "Norma"-production within ten months (after Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Mannheim, St. Gallen, Montreal and Detroit): on February 16, 2006, the Armenian soprano made her company debut at Opera Colorado in Denver in the title role of Bellini’s “Norma”. The production of James Robinson was conducted

Thrilling Norma in Amsterdam

What a show she gave us. She had all the notes for this incredibly difficult role, and she sang them bravely and convincingly. She could send out bravura thrills when needed but was also capable of great delicacy and subtlety. Her quiet legato singing in the scene when she was contemplating the murder of her children was spell-binding. This was a genuine Norma: a performance to treasure.  www.ballet.c

Hasmik Papian as Norma on DVD

Also in September 2006, a new DVD has been released on the British label Opus Arte:
BELLINI'S NORMA at De Nederlandse Opera, recorded live in Amsterdam 2005
The German magazin Opernwelt wrote in its April 2007-issue: "Hasmik Papian is vocally first

Norma: And Again Casta Diva Has Answered the Prayers

Hasmik Papian is certainly a specialist for the role. But this time she has been summoned at such short notice to replace Susan Neves who was ill, that some inaccuracies were likely to be the result. Vain fears: Ms. Papian is a Norma of great allure. And she disposes of some notable piani like Chinese porcelain, as well as a legato save from being shaken by any difficulty whatsoever. Even better: She seems to have been singing together with m

Return to Montpellier as Norma

Hasmik Papian has appeared once again in the South of France: On June 7th, she sang the title role during the opening night of Bellini's "Norma" at the National Opera of Montpellier, replacing Susan Neves at the shortest notice. Four more performances followed on June 10, 12, 15 and 17. Here is what the French newspaper Midi libre 

“Nabucco” in Nice, France

In May 2007, Hasmik Papian has made a return to Opéra de Nice as Abigaille in Verdi's opera "Nabucco". She had made her debut with Opéra de Nice in this part back in 1997 and returned twice since, singing Verdi's Requiem and Amelia in Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra". This time, a new production of "Nabucco" staged by Belgian director Claire Servais

Recitals in Paris, London and Vienna

Hasmik Papian has appeared in a solo-recital in the prestigious Salle Gaveau, Paris, together with pianist Vardan Mamikonian on March 12, 2007. The concert which was part of the series Les Concerts Parisiensmarked the soprano's personal contribution to the "Year of Ar

Verdi-Requiem in Mexico

Next is a tour through four cities of Mexico with the Asturias Orchestra in the presence of the president of honour of the orchestra, HRM Don Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Spain. Hasmik Papian will interpret the soprano part in Giuseppe Verdi's Messa di Requiem. The concerts will take place in Monterrey

Start of the Season: “Attila” in Amsterdam

Hasmik Papian has started the new season as Odabella in Verdi's early opera "Attila" (in concert version). The performance with the Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra took place at the prestigious Concertgebouwin Amsterdam on Saturday, Septem

Debut at Grand Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Forza del destino in Essen

Right after her role debut as Norma at the Met, Hasmik Papian has sung her house debut at Barcelona's prestigious Grand Theatre del Liceu starring in the title role of Verdi's "Aida". Dates of performance were November 26 and 29, 2007, upcoming are two more performances on January 10 and 15, 2008.

Triumphant: “Norma” at the Met

It's the fourth season, the Armenian soprano has joined the Metropolitan Opera. This time, it wasn't the Ethiopian slave in Verdi's opera "Aida" which she has interpreted to much acclaim at Lincoln Center so far; this time, it was the Druid priestress - the peak of Bel canto,