Nora Sourouzian


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.















 "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) "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 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.

What's Next  

Amneris in Aida, at Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen

My performances: 08.03./14.03./04.04.2023

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester

Deutsches Haus, Flensburg: 24.05.2023, 19:30

Koncertsalen Alison, Sønderborg: 25.05.2023, 19:30

Conductor: Johannes Wildner







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

Oper Köln 2009/2010

Oper Leipzig 2009/2010

Teatro Bergammo, Como, Cremona 2008/2009

Den Norske Opera 2006/2007

Opéra de Québec 2005/2006

Oper im Steinbruch St. Margarethen, AT 2005/2006

Stadttheater Klagenfurt 2004/2005

Welsh National Opera 2004/2005





Teatro Communale di Bologna 2006/2007





Opernhaus Zürich 2006/2007



Jackie O

Maria Callas

Teatro Communale di Bologna, 2006/2007 



Pelléas et Mélisande


Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg 1999/2000



La Favorita

Leonore di Guzman

Theater St. Gallen 2013/2014



Aben Hamet


Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing 2013/2014




Marfa Ivanovna

The Richard B. Fisher Center of Performing Arts Bard, 2017



Theater St. Gallen 2019/2020

Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg 2019/2020





Wexford Festival Opera 2005



Symphony N° 3


Kassel 2000

Orchestra Sinfónica de Chile 2018

Das Lied von der Erde


Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester 2023



Don Quichotte


Teatro Massimo di Palermo 2010/2011

La Navarraise


Wexford Festival Opera 2013

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard 2016



Wexford Festival Opera 2013



Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, 2006/2006



Latvian National Opera, Riga 2010/2011





Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester 2021





Den Jyske Opera & Tournée 2021/22

Burgplatz Openair Braunschweig 2021/22

Royal Danish Opera, 2022/23

Don Carlo

La Principessa Eboli

Oper Burg Gars 2015

Aalto-Musiktheater Essen 2020 (cancelled) & 2021/2022


Meg Page

Zaterdaag Matinée Amsterdam 2005

Il Trovatore


Oper Graz 2018/2019

Aalto-Musiktheater Essen 2018/2019

Royal Danish Opera 2018/2019

Seattle Opera 2018/2019

Theater St. Gallen, Festpspiele 2019

Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken 2020/21

Daegu, South Korea 2020 (cancelled)

Messa da Requiem


Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Leif Segerstam, 2019


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