"La Serva-Padrona" – G. B. Pergolesi
"Lucia Di Lammermoor" – Donizetti
"La Boheme" – Puccini
"Romeo Et Juliette" – Gounod
"Rigoletto" – Verdi
"Les Pecheurs De Perles" – Bizet
"La Traviata" – Verdi
"Die Zauberflöte" – Mozart
"Un Ballo In Maschera" – Verdi
"Les Contes D'Hoffmann" – Offenbach
"L'Elisir D'Amore" – Donizetti
"Il Barbiere di Siviglia" – Rossini
"The Tsar's Bride" – Rimsky-Korsakov
Wien, Ehrbar Saal
1040, Mühlgasse 30
Susanna Chakhoian (Soprano) and Sebastian Reinthaller (Tenor)
At the piano Kristin Okerlund
Susanna Chakhoian, Ukrainian lirico-coloratura soprano with Armenian roots through her father, was born in Bila Zerkva and grew up in Odessa.
She started her musical education at the age of five, studying piano at the famous Stoliarsky School. After finishing school she enrolled at the piano department of the Odessa State Musical Academy where she studied with the highly esteemed Professor Ludmila Ginzburg. The young pianist was offered post-graduate education scholarships in Western Europe, she decided, however, to enter a singing career.
Susanna started to study singing with the legendary opera singer Eugenia Miroshnichenko at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev.
Still being a student the young singer was invited for Juliette's role in a new production of Gounod's "Romeo and Juliette" at the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev. Since then she has belonged to the ensemble as a preeminent soloist. In 2009 President Viktor Yushchenko awarded her the title "Honored Artist of Ukraine".
During her 15 years of stage experience she has performed at all opera houses of Ukraine, in Tatarstanopera, Kazan, and has been on numerous opera tours to, among others, France, the Netherlands, and Italy. Her operatic repertoire comprises besides Juliette, just to name a few, Lucia in Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, Leila in Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Pamina in Mozart's Zauberflöte, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème and Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva-Padrona.
In the season 2017/18 Susanna Chakhoian was heard at the National Opera of Ukraine as Gilda (Rigoletto), Oscar (UnBallo in Maschera), and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) as well as in galas dedicated to Rossini and Mozart. Participating in several international singing competitions she won prizes in Budapest, 2002 (Second Prize), at Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, 2004 (Audience Prize and Special Prize for the best stage personality), in Alcamo, Sicilia, 2008 (Second Prize and Best Verdi interpretation).
Besides opera, Susanna Chakhoian devotes an important part of her activity to giving solo recitals and performing chamber repertoire as well as Ukrainian folk music. Last season she gave series of concerts with authentic Ukrainian music in cooperation with the National Bandura Capella of Ukraine. She is a regular guest at the National Philharmonic. In concert the artist appeared in K. Orff's Carmina Burana, Mahler's 8th Symphony, Haydn's Die Schӧpfung, Vier Letzte Lieder by R. Strauss, to name a few. In 2008 Susanna Chakhoyan initiated the idea of creating "Vienna Soirées", an international cultural cooperation program between Austria and Ukraine, developing the art concept of the project. The initiative continues today in Vienna in a format of regular chamber concerts with top singers of Vienna opera.
Over the years she has established herself as a guest star in numerous radio and TV productions. Beyond singing the artist is passing on her professional experience to a growing number of students. Susanna Chakhoian lives mainly in Kiev with her Austrian husband. They are proud of their son who is educated both in Ukrainian and German language.