Nina Minasyan was born in Armenia and became a soloist at the Yerevan Conservatory Opera Studio in 2010. A prize-winner at the Tatevik Sazandaryan and Pavel Lisitsian singing competition in 2011, she joined the programme for young artists at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow that same year and perfected her skills under the guidance of Elena Obraztsova, Evgeny Nesterenko, Lyubov Orfenova, Mzia Bachtouridze and Diane Zola. She made her stage debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in the role of Xenia (Boris Godunov) then went on to play the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Macha in The Queen of Spades, Ninetta in The Love for Three Oranges, a Young Polovtsian in Prince Igor, the Shepherdess, the Owl and the Bat (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), and Despina (Così fan tutte). She has performed in concert at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow (Albina from La Donna del lago, Barbarina from Le Nozze di Figaro, and Yniold from Pelléas et Mélisande) and, in December 2012, she appeared in the New Stars for a New Century concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall under the baton of Konstantin Orbelyan. In March 2013, she sang the role of Lisa in the Pier Luigi Pizzi production of La Sonnambula at the Bolshoi Theatre and the following year, she played the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. In 2015, she made her Deutsche Oper debut in Berlin (the Queen of the Night) and tackled the role of Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Bolshoi Theatre under the direction of Evelino Pidó. During the 2016 / 2017 season, she sang the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and then reprised the role for her Paris Opera debut. She also made her role debut as Norina in Don Pasquale at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and then made debut performances at La Monnaie in Brussels and the Teatro Real in Madrid in The Golden Cockerel (the Tsaritsa of Shemakha). The following season, she performed at the Vienna Staatsoper for the first time (the Queen of the Night) and made her Cologne Opera debut as Gilda. She also sang the roles of Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) at the Paris Opera and Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at the Holland Festival. The 2018-2019 season saw her give her first performances at the Dresden Semperoper and the Zurich Opera in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. She also sang the role of the Fairy in Cendrillon at the Glyndebourne Festival. During the 2019-2020 season, she performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Die Zauberflöte and, for her Welsh National Opera debut, she sang the role of Gilda.
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