Biography

Hrachuhí Bassénz

The Armenian soprano Hrachuhi Bassenz was born in Yerevan and comes from an artistic family. She first studied violin there and received her vocal education from the State Conservatory in Yerevan named after Komitas. Her debut as Leonora (“Il Trovatore”) in MiR at 26 years of age was a brilliant career launch for her. Shortly afterwards she was awarded with the Gelsenkirchen Theatre Prize. She is a member of the State Theatre Nuremberg since 2008. Her numerous parts and title roles are Bellini’s Zaira, Meyerbeer’s L’Africane, Amelia (“Simon Boccanegra”), Mimì (“La Bohème”), Elvira (“The Puritans”), Violetta (“La Traviata”), Leonora (“Il Trovatore”), Desdemona (” Othello”), Donizetti’s Emilia die Liverpool, Corina (“Il viaggio a Reims”), Fiordiligi (“Cosi fan tutte”), Contessa (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Liu (“Turandot”) etc.  Hrachuhi Bassenz was awarded with the Bavarian award for encouraging arts in 2011. The jury particularly praised her impressive stage presence and her exceptionally wide vocal and presentational repertoire. She was also awarded the renowned Voci Verdiane singing competition honour in Busseto Italy. With great success Hrachuhi Bassenz sang “Valentine’’ from Meyerbeer “Les Huguenots’’ (Live coverage was on BR Klassik) and was nominated by the trade magazine “Opera World.” Her most significant  concert appearances include Viva Verdi Gala Concert with the Nueremberg Philharmonic Orchestra under the lead of Guido Johannes Rumstadt, Verdi’s Requiem with the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra at the Festspielhaus Congress Centrum Heidenheim under the lead of Marcus Bosch, the Nueremberg Symphony Orchestra under the lead of Alexander Shalley and a performance with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra at the 19th  Musical Olympus Festival, St Petersburg. Her recordings include Armenian songs and church music,  a Christmas-CD with the Westfalen New Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Heiko Mathias Förster (2007),”Il Sacrifizio di Jefte” from Johan Simon Mayr, conductor Franz Hauk (2009), Calsiope (Das Goldene Vlies) Vogel, (live radio transmission over Bayern 4 Klassik) and a CD recording from the Glossa Music label, conductor Herve Niquet (2012). In 2016 she made her very successful Norma debut. The audience excitedly celebrated her Norma debut.  Bassénz performed the vocal part calmly and deliberately, and had then given the first highlight of the evening with the touching, long breathing and beautifully recited aria “Casta Diva”. (Das Opernmagazin, Detlef Obens). She proceeds with this Norma interpretation to the international Belcanto Elite (Theaterpur.net , Jörg Loskil ) etc.