Hrachuhí Bassénz

Armenian soprano Hrachuhí Bassénz was born in Yerevan, where she received her vocal education at the Komitas State Conservatory. A member of the ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden since the 2018/19 season, her roles there have included Mimi in La Bohéme, Marie in The Bartered Bride, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly. This season, Bassénz will return to Dresden singing Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and her first Nedda in Pagliacci. She will open the season with her role and house debut as Lina in Stiffelio at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg and Mulhouse, after which she will return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Violetta in La Traviata and Desdemona in Otello.

In the 2019/20 season, Bassénz made her Japanese debut as Desdemona on tour with the Royal Opera House, after which she returned to Covent Garden in London as Violetta. In the fall of 2018, she could also be seen in London singing her first Amelia in Simon Boccanegra. Bassénz began the 2017/18 season with her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Mimi, after which she debuted at Den Norske Opera in Oslo as Norma and returned to Covent Garden as Donna Elvira. 

In the 2016/17 season, Bassénz made two significant house debuts: at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur and with the Israeli Opera in the title role of Norma. In the season prior, Bassénz made her role debut as Norma at the Musiktheater im Revier in Germany. Other engagements from the season included Contessa d’Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Theater Hof in Germany and Mimi in La Bohéme, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Contessa d’Almaviva at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. An ensemble member at the Staatstheater from 2008 to 2017, Bassénz has performed in Nürnberg in such roles as Violetta in La Traviata, The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Liu in Turandot, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Micaëla in Carmen, Corina in Il viaggio a Reims, Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Norma. Since her operatic debut as Leonora at the Musiktheater im Revier, she has also performed the roles of Sélika in L’Africaine, Elvira in I Puritani, Valentine in Les Huguenots, the title role in Zaira, and the title role in Emilia di Liverpool.

Ms. Bassénz’s most significant concert appearances have included the Viva Verdi Gala Concert with the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Guido Johannes Rumstadt, Verdi’s Requiem with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno at the Festspielhaus Congress Centrum Heidenheim (under the baton of Marcus Bosch), and a performance with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra at the 19th Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg.

Hrachuhí Bassénz was a prize-winner at the 2013 Voci Verdiane singing competition in Busseto, Italy and was presented with the Bavarian award for encouraging arts in 2011. Her recordings include two CD’s of Armenian songs and church music (2002), a Christmas CD with the Westphalia New Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Heiko Mathias Förster (2007), Johan Simon Mayr’s “Il Sagrifizio di Jefte,” conducted by Franz Hauk (2009), and a CD recording of Johann Christoph Vogel’s La Toison d’Or from the Glossa Music label, conducted by Herve Niquet (2012).