May 12, 1981 - Vlinius
© Visvaldas Morkevicius
“One of the fiercest dramatic talents in the field” (The New York Times), Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian’s “versatility is astounding” (The Times) with a “wild voice [that is] rich and dark” (Le Monde). Regularly engaged at the world’s leading opera houses, she has recently performed at the Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro Real Madrid, the Salzburger Festspiele, and Teatro alla Scala. She was a founding member of Vilnius City Opera, has twice been awarded the Golden Stage Cross (the highest award for singers in Lithuania), was named Best Female Lead in 2019 at the Austrian Music Theater Awards, Female Opera Singer of the Year in 2022 by the Ópera XXI Association, and Female Singer of the Year at the Opus Klassik Awards in 2023.
Asmik has made a name for herself on both the concert and operatic platforms since her international career began with a triumphant performance in Madama Butterfly at the Royal Swedish Opera. She then went on to perform to conquer role after role including: Salome at the Salzburg Festival (described as “a Salome to end all Salomes” (Financial Times), now available on DVD) the Bolshoi Theater, and on tour with the Tokyo Philharmonic in Japan. Fedora at the Royal Swedish Opera House, the three leading roles in Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Salzburger Festspiele, Marie in Wozzeck at the Salzburger Festspiele (recorded on DVD) and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Manon Lescaut at Oper Frankfurt, the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Bolshoi Theatre, Marietta in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at Teatro alla Scala, Nastasya in Charodeika at Oper Frankfurt, Nedda (Pagliacci) and Cio-Cio San at the Wiener Staatsoper, Chrysothemis in Elektra and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at the Salzburger Festspiele, Rusalka at the Teatro Real Madrid (available on DVD), the Royal Opera House, the Bayerische Staatsoper and in concert with the Czech Philharmonic, Jenufa at the Royal Opera House, the Staatsoper Berlin and the Wiener Staatsoper, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin at the Wiener Staatsoper, Pique Dame at the Teatro alla Scala, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Vilnius City Opera, and Senta in Der Fliegende Hollander at the Bayreuth Festspiele (available on DVD). On the concert stage, she has performed Shostakovich 14 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Alexander Shelley and the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Beethoven IX under Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival, Aids-Stiftung Gala at the Staatsoper Berlin, Marie in Drei Bruchstücke aus Wozzeck at the Teatro del Maggio and the Elbphilharmonie conducted by Zubin Mehta, Iolanta with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Kirill Petrenko and R. Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.