Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian was born in Vilnius and studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. She was a founding member of Vilnius City Opera and has twice been awarded the Golden Stage Cross (the highest award for singers in Lithuania), in 2005 for her debut as Violetta and in 2010 for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in »Sweeney Todd«. Asmik won the Young Female Singer prize at the International Opera Awards in 2016, followed by Female Singer of the Year in 2019. Asmik has made a name for herself on both the concert and operatic platforms since her international career began with a triumphant performance of »Madama Butterfly« at the Royal Swedish Opera, proving herself as a committed actress and soprano. She then went on to perform »Fedora« at the same house with established director Christof Loy, with whom she regularly collaborates, followed by »Wozzeck« at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Markus Stenz, which received glowing reviews. In 2017 she made her Salzburg Festival debut in »Wozzeck« directed by William Kentridge and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. She has since appeared regularly at Theater an der Wien, La Scala, Salzburg Festival, Royal Swedish Opera, Liceu Barcelona, and Oper Frankfurt and continues to debut at all the major international houses. The 2017/18 season saw a critically acclaimed title role debut as Salome at the Salzburg Festival, in a new production by Romeo Castellucci under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. Described as »a Salome to end all Salomes« (»Financial Times«), the role won her the 2019 Austrian Music Theater Award for Best Female Lead. Prior to this, Asmik appeared in Rubenstein’s »The Demon« in her Liceu debut under Mikhail Tatarnikov and sang Chrysothemis in Strauss’ »Elektra« with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The 2018/19 season saw Asmik’s triumphant house and role debut at Teatro alla Scala as Marietta in Korngold’s »Die tote Stadt« under Alan Gilbert in a production by Graham Vick, and her role debut as Iolanta at Oper Frankfurt. Asmik performed Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass at the first night of the BBC Proms, debuted at the Edinburgh International Festival as Tatyana in Barrie Kosky’s glorious production of »Eugene Onegin«, and closed the season with a return to Salzburg for Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 and a revival of Romeo Castellucci’s »Salome«. Asmik frequently collaborates with top stage directors including Dmitri Tcherniakov, Romeo Castellucci, Claus Guth, Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, Christof Loy, Barrie Kosky, Alex Ollé, Peter Konwitschny, Ivo van Hove, Ingo Kerkhof, Sir Jonathan Miller, Robert Wilson, and Vasily Barkhatov to name a few. Asmik returned to Salzburg for Chrysothemis in »Elektra« in a new production by Krzysztof Warlikowski.