The Armenian Soprano HRACHUHÍ BASSENZ was born in Yerevan into a family of artists. It was there that she studied the violin. She finished her vocal studies in 2002 at the State Conservatoire. She has won many competitions, namely the renown Voci Verdiane singing competition in Busseto. In 2006 she sang the role of Leonora in Il trovatore in Gelsenkirchen, followed by Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Micaëla in Carmen, Mimì in La Bohème, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Selica in L’Africaine und Desdemona in Otello. From the season 2008/2009, she was taken on as a fixed member of the State Theatre in Nuremberg, where, amongst others, she sang the roles of Mimì, Elvira in I puritani, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, and Violetta in La traviata. In 2011, Hrachuhí Bassenz was awarded the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis (Bavarian award for the Advancement of Arts). She has also appeared on stage in Kassel, Bordeaux, Heidenheim and St. Petersburg. Further roles include Liù (Turandot), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Norma, Valentine (Les Huguenots), Ortlinde (Walküre). Planned performances include appearances at the Semperoper in Dresden as well as at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.