It only took the Armenian soprano LIANNA HAROUTOUNIAN just a few years to make a name for herself as one of the leading interpreters of Verdi and Puccini works. She grew up in Mezamor and studied the piano and singing at conservatories in Yerevan and Paris. In 2013 she gained international fame, when at short notice she stood in as Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. On the same stage, she went on to sing Hélène in Les Vêpres Siciliennes and Mimì in La Bohème. At the Met, in Zurich and at Verbier Festival she performed as Elisabetta, at San Francisco Opera as Tosca, and at Teatro San Carlo and Opera Australia as Desdemona. Recently she sang Leonora in Il trovatore (ROH Covent Garden), Amelia in Simon Boccanegra (Met), Mimì (Opera Australia), Elisabetta (Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Oper Berlin), Desdemona and Aida (Teatro Real in Madrid), Cio-Cio-San (San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper) and Tosca (Palau de les Arts Valencia). Current and upcoming projects include, among others, Nedda (San Francisco Opera), Cio-Cio-San (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona), Elisabetta (Hamburg), Leonora (Teatro Real) and Iolanta (Valencia).