German soprano Katharina Hagopian has been praised by national and international press for her “hauntingly beautiful colors”, “ethereal top voice” and “differentiated and deep portrayals” of major operatic roles.
During the current season 2017/18 she will give her role debuts as Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and revisit Mme Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites). Roles for the 2016/17 season at Theater Aachen were Eurydice (Orphée ed Eurydice), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos).
Katharina Hagopian gave her operatic debut in 2008 with the Mannes Opera in New York City as Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites) ("Katharina Hagopian radiated dignified piety as Madamee Lidoine", The New York Times). One year later, she sang Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) with the Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance Program. During the 2010/11 season she performed in numerous recitals, concerts and opera performances as a member of the prestigious International Opera Studio in Zurich, Switzerland. Since the 2011/12 season, she has been a principal in Theater Aachen, Germany, where her roles have included Micaela (Carmen), Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Magic Flute), Pamina (Magic Flute), Ginevra (Ariodante), Prinzessin (world premiere Prinzessin im Eis), Alcina (Alcina), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Marie (Bartered Bride) and Agathe (Freischütz). She performed Alice Ford (Falstaff) at Opera Festival Berbiguieres, France, and jumped in to sing Ginevra (Ariodante) in Landestheater Salzburg, Austria. In 2014, she returned to New York City, to sing Alcina at the Whitebox Art Center. Her Alcina, both in Aachen and New York, was received enthusiastically by the press: "Her voice full of heat as the sorceress Alcina, the soprano Katharina Hagopian was sometimes poignantly needy and sometimes a funny caricature of rage" (The New York Times), "With her warm soprano, Katharina Hagopian interprets wonderfully the sorceress's sufferings and presents her anger in a truly dramatic manner" (Online Music Magazine), her "pure tone and vocal ripeness meets erotic flair" (Grenzecho), and "her phenomenal performance balances heart-warming singing with stage presence, especially in her sensational interpretation of the aria 'Ombre Pallide'" (Aachener Zeitung).
Katharina Hagopian has performed as soloist in recitals including Schumannfest Düsseldorf, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Essen, Philharmonic Hall Ljubljana, Lincoln Center (Bruno Walter Auditorium) and International Festivals for Contemporary Music in Germany and Belgium. Ms Hagopian has been featured in radio and CD recordings, and is the 1st Prize Winner of the European Art-Song-Competition “Euriade Vocal Concours Kerkrade” (Netherlands), as well as 2nd Prize Winner of the competition “Ton und Erklärung”, Preis der deutschen Wirtschaft (Germany).
A versatile concert and recital singer, embracing repertoire from the Baroque period to contemporary works, she regularly performs with pianists Ulrich Eisenlohr, Michael Schütze, Erika LeRoux, Edward Rushton and Naré Karoyan.
Ms Hagopian studied with Kai Wessel in Köln, Germany, earning diplomas in voice, music education, and vocal pedagogy. She continued her studies at Mannes College The New School in New York City, studying with Amy Burton and earning her M.M. degree in vocal performance in 2009. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (2007/08), a DAAD grant (2008/09), as well as scholarships from the Tavitian Foundation, the German Forum, and the Horst-und-Gretl-Will-Stiftung.
She has participated in master classes with Regina Resnik, Luana DeVol, Martina Arroyo, Kurt Widmer, Rudolf Piernay and Edda Moser. She now regularly works with Snezana Stamenkovic and Franco Farina.
updated January 2018