The stage is where I feel at home, and I invite you to join me and travel through:
different characters and their psychology
experiences and personalities
time and history
gender, different cultures and many corners of this world
and different artistic universes from classic to contemporary going through minimalism and/or/to realism
My voice and musicality support this journey of emotions scripted and portrayed by composer, librettist, artistic team and colleagues on stage.
And full heartedly I add my life experiences and humble understanding of human beings into every note I sing.
Mundoclasico.com: "Nora Sourouzian is a revelation. Her mezzo is of brilliant timbre, her vocal line magisterial. She portrays an ardent and passionate princess Eboli maintaining a rare vocal homogeneity throughout her range. She is completely at ease both in the canzone del velo, whose trills she varies with singular delicacy, as well as in her final aria O don fatale to whose superhuman challenges she fully rises." (29.03.2022)
Opernmagazin.de: "Nora Sourouzian ist die temperamentvolle Prinzessin Eboli, die ihr Schicksal selbst in die Hand nimmt. Sie meistert die unterschiedlichen Anforderungen der Partie souverän. Im „Schleierlied“ sorgt sie mit perlenden Koloraturen für spanisches Lokalkolorit. Dramatische Momente wie die Erkenntnis, dass Carlos im dunklen Garten gar nicht sie gemeint hat, sondern geglaubt hat, es sei Elisabeth, gelingen ihr noch besser. Sie schleudert ihre Reue darüber, die in jeder Hinsicht vorbildliche Königin verraten zu haben, ins Publikum: „O don fatale“." (25.03.2022)
“Splendid Nora Sourouzian as Eboli, who sings with emphasis and force, but who also has flattering soft tones.”, writes omm.de in 2022 about Nora Sourouzian as Eboli in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at the Aalto Theater in Essen.
In 2022-23, the mezzo-soprano appears as Amneris in Verdi’s “Aida” at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, as Ježibaba in Dvořák’s “Rusalka” at the Komische Oper Berlin and returns to the Sønderjylland Symphony Orchestra for Mahler’s “Lied von der Erde”.
In addition to the Don Carlo reviewed above, Nora Sourozian’s highlights of the recent past were Amneris in Verdi’s “Aida” at Jyske Opera and at the Braunschweig Opera, Schönberg’s “Lied der Waldtaube” from the “Gurrelieder” in Sønderborg, or Ježibaba in St.Gallen and at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg.
Highlights of the years 2017-19 included Azucena in Verdi’s “Il trovatore” at the Graz Opera, the Aalto Theater in Essen, the Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen and the Seattle Opera House, the role of Marguerite in “La damnation du Faust” at the Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the alto solo in Franck Martin’s Cornet with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève or Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the Orquesta Nacional de Chile.
A great actress and singer, Nora Sourouzian was always offered a broad variety of roles and musical styles: At the Wexford Festival she celebrated a huge success in the two title roles of the rarely performed Massenet operas “Thérèse” and “La Navarraise” (as Anita, la Navarraise) and returned there as Herodias (A. Mariotte, “Salome”). At the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing she sang the part of Zulema in Théodore Dubois “Aben Hamet”. St. Gallen engaged her as Laura in Ponchielli’s “La gioconda” and as Leonora di Guzman in Donizetti’s “La favorita”, a role which later led her to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as cover for Elina Garanca. She made her role debut as Princess Eboli in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at the Festival Opera Burg Gars. As Carmen, Nora Sourouzian performed at the West Palm Beach Opera in Miami, at the Minnesota Opera. For this part she was also engaged as cover for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The two roles of Sister Helen Prejean and Mrs. Patrick De Rocher (Joseph’s mother) in Jake Heggie’s opera “Dead Man Walking” at the Royal Opera Copenhagen to stage maturity.
Nora Sourouzian’s discography includes a CD recording of the production of Théodore Dubois “Aben Hamet”, conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire, a DVD of the opera “O rapaz de bronze” by Nuno Côrte-Real, and a CD and DVD of the 34th Opera Gala of the Montreál Opera from 2009.
Conductors such as Cyril Diedrich, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Marc Minkowski, Leif Segerstam, Ed Spanjaard, Franz Welser-Möst or Johannes Wildner repeatedly invited Nora Sourouzian to concerts with works such as Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, his Songs of a Wayfarer, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Haydn cantata Arianna a Naxos, the Mozart Requiem, the Brahms love song waltz, Berlioz “Nuits d’été”, Franck Martin’s oratorio “Golgotha” or Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder.
Nora Sourouzian won a number of major Canadian singing competitions and was a finalist in the Belvedere Competition in Vienna. Invitations to many large opera houses followed, such as the Zurich Opera House, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Opéra de Lausanne, the St. Gallen Opera House, the Opera House of Zurich and the Opera House of Zurich. Gallen, Opéra du Châtelet Paris, Teatro Sao Paolo Lisbon, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Det Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Den Norske Opera Oslo, Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, Riga Opera House, Leipzig Opera, the Cologne Opera, the Teatro Communale di Bologna, the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the opera houses of Quebec and Montréal or the New National Theatre Tokyo.
Nora Sourouzian is French-Canadian, studied at McGill University in Montreal with Thérèse Sevadjian and was then a member of the Young Artists Program of the Internationaal Opera Centrum Nederland in Amsterdam for one year. She then became a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheater Kassel for two years. She lives in Berlin.
To Andrejs Žagars from Friends
Asmik GRIGORIAN, soprano
Nora SOUROUZIAN, mezzo-soprano
Dmytro POPOV, tenor
Edgars OŠLEJA, bass
Latvija State Choir
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Andris POGA
Oper Leipzig 2021 (cancelled)
Damnation de Faust
Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico 2019
Stadttheater Klagenfurt 2005
Manitoba Opera 2019/2020 (cancelled)
Palm Beach Opera 2015/2016
Theater St. Gallen 2015/2016
Minnesota Opera 2014/2015
Latvian National Opera 2010/2011 & 2012/2013
Teatro Lirico di Cagliari 2011
Teatro Communale di Bologna 2009/2010
Opéra de Lausanne (plus Tourné Japan) 2008/2009/2010