Fresh from recent success as Salome at the Salzburg Festival earlier this year, Asmik Grigorian takes on Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Oper Frankfurt, opening this Sunday 28 October. In the title role, Asmik will incarnate the blind princess under director Lydia Steier, and conductor Sebastien Weigle. Gary Griffiths will also perform the role of Kreon.
This continues a hugely successful year for Asmik, who recently debuted as Salome to critical acclaim, with Shirley Apthorp of the Financial Times calling it “a Salome to end all Salomes.” Further reviews can be read below.
“You become witness to one of those very rare, and high-risk, moments, in which a singer totally merges with her role, surrenders to self-abandonment and still retains control.” Manuel Brug, Welt.de, 30 July 2018 (translated).
“Asmik Grigorian must have appeared to Richard Strauss in his dreams when he once designed his world-wide success. The Lithuanian,(…) is especially ideal as Salome. Fragility, unconditionality, a harsh, borderline beauty … a sheer superhuman will of creativity – all that conveyed through her singing and acting.” Markus Thiel, Merkur, 30 July 2018 (translated).
Prior to this, Asmik made her Gran Teatre del Liceu debut in the role of Tamara in Rubinstein’s The Demon.
“The Lithuanian soprano Asmik Gregorian confirmed all his praised virtues. Transparency and beauty of its well projected timbre, brilliant expressiveness and a captivating stage presence.” César López Rosell, elPeriódico, 24 April 2018 (translated)
This season Asmik returns to Royal Swedish Opera for Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and makes her highly anticipated Teatro alla Scala debut as Marietta Die tote Stadt under Alan Gilbert and director Graham Vick.
Performances of Iolanta run until 1 December. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Oper Frankfurt website.