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Anna Kasyan ( ) is a Georgiamarker-born Armenian lyric artist (soprano) and an opera singer currently living in Francemarker.

Kasyan is one of the young artists who is viewed with high expectations in her field.

Early Life and Education

Kasyan began her early musical training by studying piano and violin at the Central Music School for gifted children, in Tbilisimarker, Georgiamarker. From an early age, she participated in many performances as a soloist. At the age of 9 she made her debut with an orchestra. In 1999, Kasyan entered Tbilisi State Conservatory in violin class. By this time she became interested in singing and in 2001, she continued studying singing at the same Conservatory.

After completing her musical education, Kasyan continued her studies in France. Since 2003 she pursued singing classes at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Parismarker, where she graduated in 2008 with the Diploma of Higher Concertiste with unanimous approval. Simultaneous to her studies, Kasyan also entered "cycle du perfectionnement" (specialization) at Conservatoire de Parismarker between 2004-2006. Kasyan participated in master classes led by Tom Krause, Raina Kabaivanska, Viorica Cortez, Janine Reiss and baroque music with Nicolau de Figueiredo and Jory Vinikour.


Kasyan is a prize-winner of numerous international competitions, including the 1st Renata Tebaldi International Competition in San Marinomarker (2005, Second Prize); a First Prize in Singing Musical Autumn Festival, Adams, then a 1st Prize in Singing Competition in Pretoriamarker. She was the winner of the Meyer Foundation award for the years 2004-2005.

Kasyan was selected by Adami (Society for Administration of Rights of Artists, Musicians and Performers) for Revelations Classics 2006 .

In May 2008, she participated in International Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgiummarker. She gave an outstanding performance and the competition went well for Kasyan: 24 candidates were selected out of 72 eligible to compete. Kasyan participated in the semi final on 13 May 2008. At the end of the semi-finals, she was one of the 12 finalists, and then became the winner of this very prestigious competition held every four years. Kasyan ranked fourth behind the Hungarian tenor Szabolcs Brickner, the French mezzo-soprano Isabelle Druet, and Polish mezzo-soprano Grabias Bernadetta. Kasyan is the first winner for soprano in 2008.

On 12 June 2009 Anna Kasyan won the Grand Prix at the 3rd International Singing Competition at the 71st Strasbourg Music Festival under the chairmanship of Barbara Hendricks.


Being an active performer, Kasyan has sang in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hallmarker, Opéra de Genève, Saint Petersburgmarker, Salle Cortotmarker in Paris, UNESCO, Cité de la Musiquemarker, gives concerts in San Marinomarker and in Italy.

In December 2005, she made the notable performance of Mozart's Requiem at St. Eustache Church in Parismarker.

In 2006, she sang Rachmaninoff-Scarlatti-Haendel in Paris. She also performed works of Armenian composer Garbis Aprikian before her Mozart concert in Toulousemarker. Her talent was rewarded again in the same year 2006, when she received: the 3rd Prize in Opera category, Mozart Prize and the Best Opera Singer Prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munichmarker, and 1 Song Award at the International Pamplonamarker.

In 2007, she performed in Baselmarker, where she performed songs of Schubert and French opera arias. The artist also gave a series of Mozart concerts in Warsawmarker, Zurich, Osnabrückmarker, Pamplonamarker and Toulousemarker and appeared in recital at the Festival of Sacred Music in Nicemarker, and at the Opera de Toulonmarker (Jano in Jenufa).

Her recently notable roles include Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale.


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