Armenian soprano Hrachuhí Bassénz was born in Yerevan, where she received her vocal education at the Komitas State Conservatory. Currently an ensemble member at Staatstheater Nürnberg, she enjoys an international career as well, having performed in concerts and operas in Russia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Cypress, Lebanon, Turkey, Austria and the United States. In the 2016/17 season, Bassénz will make two significant house debuts: the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the title role in Norma with the Israeli Opera. She will also return to Staatstheater Nürnberg as Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini and Norma.
In the 2015/16 season, 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 boheme, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Contessa d’Almaviva at Staatstheater Nürnberg. An ensemble member at Staatstheater Nürnberg since 2008, Bassénz has also performed there 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, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. Since her operatic debut as Leonora at Musiktheater im Revier, she has also performed the roles of Sélika in L’Africaine, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Desdemona in Otello, Elvira in I Puritani, Valentine in Les Huguenots, the title role in Zaira, and the title role in Emilia di Liverpool.
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).