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Biography

Highlights in the last seasons : Verdi-Requiem with Roberto Abbado and Concerto Budapest; Concert in Salle Gaveau Paris: Debut as Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Stefan Soltesz in Aalto Theater Essen; Beijing (NCPA) as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera ( Director: Hugo De Ana ) ; The New Israeli Opera-Tel Aviv as La Juive (Fromental Halevy) conducted by Daniel Oren and Jenufa (Production of Glyndebourne Festival ); Zurich Opera House as La Juive conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

Karine Babajanyan was born in Yerevan,Armenia. She studied singing at the State Conservatory Yerevan with Prof.Tatevik Sazandaryan, furthering her studies in Rome with Mirella Parutto.
In 1996,she won the A.Isahakian Song Contest, the Austro-German Music Contest and in 1998 – “Competizione Dell Opera” in Hamburg.

Since 1999, the soprano has been living in Germany and after various engagements in Europe she became a member of the ensemble at the State Opera in Stuttgart.Parts like Contessa in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte”,Elettra in “Idomeneo”, Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni”, Leonora in “Il Trovatore”, Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin”, Mimi in “La Boheme”, Butterfly and Norma … “emphasize her musical spectrum and her extraordinary dramatic talent”.

She has sung with the festivals of Bregenz (Tosca and Aida), Baden-Baden, Ruhr Trienale, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Prague Autumn, Notte Bianca-Regio Calabria, Miskolc Interrnational Opera Festival. Her opera house appearances include Zurich Opera House (La Juive), Semperoper Dresden (Mimi), Palermo Teatro Politeama (Butterfly),Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen (Butterfly,Elisabeth / Don Carlos), Finnland National Theatre Helsinki (Fiordiligi), New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv (La Juive), Mexico Bellas Artes (Tatiana), Tokyo New National Opera (Butterfly), State Opera Unter den Linden Berlin (Fiordiligi), Basel Opera (Norma), Bern Theatre (Maria / Mazeppa), Graz Opera (Butterfly), State Opera Hamburg (Butterfly), Aalto Theater Essen (Maddalena / Andrea Chenier, Manon Lescaut, Leonora / La forza del destino), Hannover Staatsoper (Butterfly, Mimi), Opera House Wiesbaden (Donna Elvira), Frankfurt Oper (Butterfly), Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf (Suor Angelica, Butterfly, Mimi).

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

Her first CD recording with Pucccini Arias and Duetts with famous Italian Tenor Giuseppe Giacomini was released by EMI Classics at 2009.