HrachuhíBassénz

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Soprano
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Mark Hildrew

Mark Hildrew

Executive Director

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Seb Mallet

Seb Mallet

Associate Artist Manager

About Hrachuhí

In the 2023/24 season, Hrachuhi will return to Semperoper Dresden as Mimì in La bohème and Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann) as well as Desdemona in Otello. She will return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly and sing Mimì in La bohème in Gran Canaria.

Conductors with whom she has worked include Antonio Pappano, Johannes Wildner, Alexander Shelley, Marc Tardue, Daniel Oren, Antonino Fogliani, John Fiore, Henrik Nanasi, Marc Minkowski, Ivan Repušić, Daniele Rustioni, Omer Meir Wellber, Joana Mallwitz, and Giampaolo Bisanti and she enjoys collaborative relationships with stage directors including Laura Scozzi, Calixto Bieito, Mariame Clément, Dieter Kaegi, David McVicar, Elijah Moshinsky and Bruno Ravella.

Hrachuhi Bassenz was born to a musical family in Yerevan, Armenia. After completing her violin studies, she graduated with distinction from singing at the State Komitas Conservatory in her hometown with Professor Gayane Geghamyan. She has been awarded numerous prizes, including Singer of the Year and Audience Award from the Musiktheater Gelsenkirchen; the Bavarian Art Prize; the 2nd prize of the Voci Verdiane International Singing Competition as well as the Gold Medal from the Ministry of Culture, and the Komitas Medal from the Diaspora Ministry of the Republic of Armenia. She regularly performs in recital with Helmut Deutsch.

Hrachuhí is based in Nuremberg, Germany

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Season Highlights

Oct 2023 - Nov 2023
Dresden, Germany
Semperoper Dresden Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Antonia) - Role Debut Frédéric Chaslin (conductor), Johannes Erath (director)
Apr 2024 - Apr 2024
London, United Kingdom
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Puccini Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio San) Kevin John Edusei (Conductor) Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier (Directors)
May 2024 - May 2024
Dresden, Germany
Semperoper Dresden Verdi Otello (Desdemona) John Fiore (Conductor) Vincent Boussard (Director)

Audio

  • Hrachuhi Bassenz sings Strauss' "Morgen!"
  • Hrachuhi Bassenz sings Strauss' "Allerseelen"
  • Hrachuhi Bassenz sings Strauss' "Ruhe, meine Seele"

Selected Repertoire

BelliniI Puritani (Elvira)   •   Norma (title role - under preparation)   •   Zaira (title role)
BerliozBenvenuto Cellini (Theresa)
BizetCarmen (Micaela)
CileaAdriana Lecouvreur (title role - under preparation)
DonizettiEmilia di Liverpool (title role)   •   Il Furioso nell‘Isola di San Domingo (Eleonora - under preparation)
KalmanDie Csardasfürstin (Silva)
LeoncavalloPagliacci (Nedda)
MeyerbeerL‘Africaine (Selika)   •   Les Huguenots (Valentine - under preparation)
MozartCosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi)   •   Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira)   •   Le Nozze di Figaro (Contessa)
OffenbachLes Contes d’Hoffmann (Antonia)
PucciniLa Bohème (Mimi)   •   Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San)   •   Suor Angelica (Angelica)   •   Turandot (Liu - under preparation)   •   Tosca (title role - under preparation)
RameauLes Indes Gallantes (Emilie, Fatime - under preparation)
RossiniMois et Pharao (Anai)   •   I viaggio a Reims (Corinna)
SmetanaProdana Nevesta (Marenka)
TchaikovskyEugene Onegin (Tatiana)   •   Iolanta (title role - under preparation)
VerdiIl Corsaro (Gulnara)   •   Otello (Desdemona)   •   Simon Boccanegra (Amelia)   •   Stiffelio (Lina)   •   La Traviata (Violetta)   •   Il Trovatore (Leonora)

Sample Programmes

  • Strauss Recital Programme

    "Vier letzte Lieder" - Nr. 4: »Im Abendrot« - Nr. 3: »Beim Schlafengehen« - Nr. 2: »September« - Nr. 1: »Frühling« »Das Rosenband« »Liebeshymnus« »Wiegenlied« »Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten« Pause "8 Gedichte aus 'Letzte Blätter'" - Nr. 1: »Zueignung« - Nr. 3: »Die Nacht« - Nr. 4: »Die Georgine« - Nr. 5: »Geduld« »Wer hat’s getan« Nr. 8: »Allerseelen« (aus: »8 Gedichte aus ›Letzte Blätter‹«) »Heimliche Aufforderung« »Cäcilie« »Ruhe, meine Seele« »Morgen!«

News

Press

  • Le nozze di Figaro

    Royal Opera House Covent Garden
    Jul 2023 - Jul 2023
    • Stéphane Degout is more of a known quantity on London stages. He offered a duly commanding Count Almaviva, complemented and put properly to shame by Hrachuhí Bassénz’s Countess, whose ‘Dove sono’, audience disturbance notwithstanding, brought tears to the eyes. So did their final moment, beseeching and granting forgiveness

    • Countess Almaviva beautifully sung by Armenian soprano Hrachuhi Bassenz

    • Hrachuhí Bassénz as the countess was delicate and powerful, the essence of morally wounded nobility.

    • La Comtesse très humaine et fort émouvante de Hrachuhí Bassénz élève cependant la ligne de chant avec maestria, [Translated] Hrachuhí Bassénz’s very human and moving Countess nevertheless delivers a virtuosic vocal line