Ricarda Gross - Khachaturian

Ricarda Gross - Khachaturian

Mezzo-Soprano

a full lyric voice with a promising dramatic strength
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«" She is special"»
Grace Bumbry (2018)
«long time i haven't heard by a young singer such an impressing interpretation of a Lied of Brahms»
Kerstin Meyer (2018)
2017Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierOctavian
2017Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDer Komponist
2017Wagner: Das RheingoldWellgunde
2017Wagner: Die WalküreSiegrune
2017Strauss: ElektraDritte Magd
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2016Mozart: Die ZauberflöteZweite Dame (second Lady)
2015Triple-SecDie Unbekannte 1
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroCherubino
2014Martinů: Julietta2.Monsieur/ Le jeune matelôt
2014Knussen: Where The Wild Things AreZippy
2014Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2013Verdi: La TraviataFlora Bervoix
2013Verdi: La TraviataAnnina
2012Knussen: Where The Wild Things AreZippy
2012Fixed positions etc.Mezzo-Soprano
2010Stravinsky: The Rake's ProgressBaba the Turk
2010Massenet: WertherCharlotte
2009Puccini: Madama ButterflySuzuki
2008Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelHänsel
2008Poulenc: Les mamelles de TirésiasZeitungsverkäuferin
2008Purcell: The Fairy QueenJuno
2008Menotti: The MediumBaba (Madame Flora)
2008Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelHänsel
2005Mozart: Die Zauberflöte3. Knabe
2005Mozart: Die ZauberflöteZweite Dame (Second Lady)
2005Bizet: CarmenCarmen

Bio



Ricarda Gross-Khachaturian, young german/italian mezzo-soprano and Zwischenfach-Singer was expanding her repertoire in 2016/17 with the legendary opera singer Grace Bumbry. As Ricarda has also a very special and colorful voice which is able to go steps further outside the classic mezzo-soprano repertoire, she was thrilled by this extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with such an noble and inspiring personality. Fullfilled with new visions, Ricarda started the season 2017/18 with a series of concerts in Italy and Greece featuring a wonderful program including Lieder of Mahler, Strauss and Bellini. In 2015 she gave her successful Debut at Konzerthaus Berlin. In cooperation with Komische Oper Berlin she created Die Unbekannte in Marc Blitzsteins first european performance of "Triple-Sec" (Direction: Tobias Ribitzki) as part of the Festival Mythos Berlin. At Bremen State Opera Ricarda performed the role of Zippy in Oliver Knussen’s "Where the Wild Things Are" (Direction: John Fulljames) with which she jumped in successfully also at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Further she was engaged in Bremen for Annina/Flora in "La Traviata" (Direction: Benedikt von Peter) and continued to work with John Fulljames in his production of Martinu’s "Juliette" performing the role of the 2.Monsieur and the Young Sailor. Besides being a specialist for the romantic to postmodern opera repertoire, Ricarda is also frequently required for first performances of contemporary Lied. 2014 she created the first performance of Roger Matscheiziks lieder cycle for soprano and orchestra "vorLetzte Lieder" and gave her Debut at Oper Frankfurt creating Saskia Bladts Lied "eingebrannt" (Direction: Tobias Heyder) for the ceremony of "Akademie Musiktheater heute" / Deutsche Bank Foundation together with the Zafraan Ensemble Berlin. Ricarda, born in Stuttgart, got her first singing lessons by Dunja Vezjovic at the University of Music Stuttgart. She studied violin and singing at the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatorium in her italian hometown Trieste and at the University of Music Wuerzburg, where she completed in 2010 with a master degree in opera and concert-singing. Ricarda gathered first stage experience at the University Opera Studio in Wuerzburg performing roles like Bizet’s Carmen, Suora infermiera in Puccini’s "Suor Angelica", Newspaper Seller in Poulenc’s "The Breasts of Tiresias" and Juno in Purcell’s "The Fairy Queen". In Menotti’s "The Medium" she appeared in the main role as Baba/Madame Flora and she sang Baba The Turk in Stravinsky’s "The Rakes Progress". Even while her studies she was invited to sing at Hannover State Opera in Nono’s "Al gran sole" (Direction: Peter Konwitschny), at Freiburg Opera in Penderecki’s "The Devils of Loudun" (Direction: Marcus Lobbes) and in Ligetis "Le Grand Macabre" (Direction: Calixto Bieito). Ricarda attended master classes with Rainer Altdorfer, Cheryl Studer, Krisztina Laki, Brigitte Eisenfeld, Grace Bumbry and continues to receive important impulses from Henriette Meyer-Ravenstein. She was semi-finalist in the Anneliese Rothenberger Competition 2009, fellow of the Leni-Geissler Foundation and invited to the Wilhelm Stenhammar Competition in Norrkoping, Sweden. Cora Canne Meijer named her interpretation of the Brahms song "Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer" as one of the best she had heard since years of a young singer.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier Octavian No 2017
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Der Komponist No 2017
Wagner: Das Rheingold Wellgunde No 2017
Wagner: Die Walküre Siegrune No 2017
Strauss: Elektra Dritte Magd No 2017

Awards

Semifinalist Anneliese Rothenberger Wettbewerb Insel Mainau
2016
Fellow of Leni Geissler Stiftung
2017
Finalist Armin Knab Competition
2017
Wilhelm Stenhammar Competition, Norrköping, Sweden
2017