Liana Aleksanyan

With time you learn how to calculate your emotions and the voice, like where to give more and where to save yourself.
Alice Lechner


by Alice Lechner
August 20, 2023
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Considered one of the best Verdi and Puccini singers of her generation, Liana Aleksanyan has performed at most major European houses. In the past season, the Armenian soprano revived the roles of Adriana Lecouvreur, Tosca, and Cio-Cio-San and in 23/24 will make her role debuts as Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Deutsche Opera am Rhein, where she is a member of the ensemble. She will also star in a new production of Carmen at the Royal Opera House. Liana shares with us her special connection to Madama Butterfly, a role she has performed around the world many times, how she measures out her emotions to not interfere with the singing, and her approach to new roles.


Considered one of the most promising sopranos of  her generation, Armenian-born soprano Liana  Aleksanyan is praised for both her spinto qualities and remarkable stage presence. Since her European debut as Manon Lescaut at the Norwegian National Opera in 2005, she has been performing at most major European opera houses. She is currently part of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Considered a Verdi and Puccini specialist, she has sung in over 14 Madama Butterfly productions. She made her Teatro alla Scala debut with this role in the opening of the 2016/17 production conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Liana has also sung Cio-Cio San in Valencia, Seoul, Köln, Düsseldorf, Florence, Triest, Buenos Aires and Hamburg. In addition to this, she has recently taken part in productions at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari (Simon Boccanegra), Macerata Festival (Aida), Deutsche Opera am Rhein (Don Carlo, La Bohème) and sung a concert gala in Shanghai with Daniel Oren. In the 21/22 season, Liana made her debut in the title role of Tosca (Teatro Petruzzeli in Bari) and as Adriana Lecouvreur (Deutsche Oper am Rhein). She  also sang Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) and the title role of Luisa Miller (Hamburgische Staatsoper). In 22/23, she will revive the roles of Adriana Lecouvreur, of Tosca and Cio-Cio San at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In season 2023/2024 Liana will debut as a Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Elisabetta in Don Carlo in Deuscthe Oper am Rhen and also in a new production of Carmen in Royal Opera House Covend Garden. In the 2010/11 season, Liana was part of the ensemble of the Aalto Theater in Essen where she sung roles such as Violetta (La Traviata), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Amalia (I Masnadieri) or Tatiana (Eugene Onegin). She has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Simone Young, Giampaolo Bisanti, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Riccardo Frizza, Giampaolo Bisanti and directors such as Andreas Homoki, Hans Neuenfels, Mario Pontiggia, Alvis Hermanis and Hugo de Ana among others. Liana Aleksanyan began her musical education at the age of nine first with the piano at the Mizroyan Music School and then by following her vocal studies with Sergey Danielyan at the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan. She has been finalist in several international singing competitions around Europe and won the 3rd prize in the “Concours international de chant de Toulouse.

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Dear Liana, thank you for having accepted our invitation! It’s such a pleasure to have this conversation with you. How is your summer going so far? What do you think about the next season? Thank you for having me! I didn’t really have proper summer in terms of taking a break. In fact, it was a […]

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.


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