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Katharina Hagopian

German Diction

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. She has performed as soloist in Art Song Recitals including Schumannfest Düsseldorf, Carnegie Hall, 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).

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), Ginevra (Ariodante), Alcina (Alcina) and Rosalinde (The Bat). In the summer of 2012, she performed Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff at Opera Festival Berbiguieres, and gave her operatic debut with the Mannes Opera as Mme. Lidoine in Poulenc´s Dialogues of the Carmelites. Before her appointment in Aachen, she performed in numerous recitals and concerts as a member of the prestigious International Opera Studio in Zurich, Switzerland.

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 Horst-und-Gretl-Will-Stiftung.

She has participated in Martina Arroyo´s Prelude to Performance Program, and in master classes with Regina Resnik, Luana DeVol, Kurt Widmer, Rudolf Piernay and Edda Moser.


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