Armenian soprano Nina Minasyan is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most exciting mezzo-sopranos of her generation. In the current season, Ms. Minasyan made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto, and she will soon debut at both the Opéra National de Lyon and Aix-en-Provence Festival as The Queen of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel.
Nina Minasyan graduated from the Tchaikovsky Music School and went on to study at the Yerevan State Conservatory as a student of Nonna Melkumova. In 2010, Minasyan became a soloist of the Yerevan Conservatory Opera Studio, where she performed the roles of Serpina in La Serva Padrona and Serafina in Il Campanello. Her repertoire also included the roles of Amina in La Sonnambula, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Musetta in La Bohème, Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride and in Cosi Fan Tutte. In 2011, Minasyan entered the Young Artists Program of the Bolshoi Theatre, where she eventually made her debut as Xenia in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. She then went on to perform the roles of Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Masha in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and Princess Ninetta in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges. In March of 2013, Minasyan made her successful role debut as Lisa in the new production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula at the Bolshoi, directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi and conducted by Enrique Mazzola. In March of 2014, she made her role debut as The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, making her debut as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto in December of the same year, staged by Robert Carsen and conducted by Evelino Pido. In the 2015/16 season, Minasyan returned to the Bolshoi as Gilda and made her debuts as Norina in a new production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and The Queen of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel.
In December of 2014, Minasyan made her European debut as The Queen of the Night at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She also appeared at the Frankfurt Opera as Lisa in a new production of La Sonnambula, conducted by Eun Sun Kim and directed by Tina Lanik. Minasyan’s engagements from the 2016/17 season included the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Bavarian State Opera and for her debut at the Paris Opera, and The Queen of Shemakha in The Golden Cockerel for her debuts at the Teatro Real in Madrid and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. She began the 2017/18 season with her debut in Vienna as The Queen of the Night and subsequently made her debut at the Cologne Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto, a role which she later reprised for her debut at the Hamburg State Opera. She also returned to the Paris Opera as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera. The soprano ended the season with her debut as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Holland Festival of the Dutch National Opera. In the 2018/19 season, Minasyan debuted at both the Semperoper Dresden and Zürich Opera as the title role in Lucia di Lammeroor. She began the season at the Dutch National Opera as The Queen of the Night and later reprised the role at the Bavarian State Opera and returned to the Bolshoi as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera. She concluded the season with her triumphant role and house debut as La Fée in Cendrillon at the Glyndebourne Festival. After starting off the 2019/20 season as Olympia in Munich, Minasyan made her role and house debut as Luisa in Betrothal in a Monastery at the Berlin State Opera.
Equally active on the concert stage, Nina Minasyan’s concert performances have included a tour throughout England and Italy, performing Rossini’s La Donna del Lago in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, conducted by Luciano Acocella, as well as Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky. In December of 2012, she performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in a concert entitled “New Stars for a New Century,” conducted by Constantine Oberlian. Minasyan also took part in numerous concerts with the Young Artist Program in Moscow and throughout Russia.