Bio: Italian-German mezzo Ricarda Gross Khachaturian praised as „beautiful voice“ and „exceptional dramatic presence“ established herself from the beginning of her career as a freelance singer.
She is in demand as an opera and concert artist, working with conductors including Markus Poschner, Christoph Gedschold, Clemens Heil, Justus Thorau, Johannes Harneit, Daniel Montané and Evan Christ.
Her most recent performances include Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Zweite Norne in Die Götterdämmerung and Cover for Adalgisa in Norma.
Other notable stage credits encompass Hansel (Hansel und Gretel), Carmen (Carmen), Charlotte (Werther), Madame Flora (The Medium), Baba The Turk (The Rake's Progress), Annina/Flora (La Traviata), Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Siegrune (Die Walküre), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito).
Ricarda's operatic engagements have included appearances with Theater Bremen, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin, Komische Oper, Theater Freiburg and Staatsoper Hannover.
She was also chosen to step-in as Zippy in Where the Wild Things are at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe replacing Christina Bock, scoring a great success as she gave a confident, assured performance.
She has worked with stage directors such as John Fulljames, Vera Nemirova, Tobias Kratzer, Sebastian Baumgarten, Tobias Ribitzki and Tobias Heyder.
In contemporary opera, Ricarda has excelled in creating the first performance of Roger Matscheizik's vorLetzte Lieder for Musikfest Bremen under the baton of the composer himself and Saskia Bladt's eingebrannt performing with the Zafraan Ensemble Berlin at Oper Frankfurt. She was featured as Die Unbekannte for the first european performance of Blitzstein's Triple-Sec at Konzerthaus Berlin under the baton of Evan Christ.
Even while her studies, she appeared in Nono's Al gran sole in the famous Peter Konwitschny production at Staatsoper Hannover and at Theater Freiburg in Penderecki’s Die Teufel von Loudon and in Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre in the Calixto Bieito production.
Ricarda is a graduate of the Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Tartini Trieste and she holds an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg.
She has studied and worked with Grace Bumbry, Dunja Vezjovic and Cheryl Studer and performed in masterclasses with Airi Tokola, Krisztina Laki, Henriette Meyer-Ravenstein, John Modenos and Yaron Windmüller.
Ricarda is a recipient of several prestigious awards and prizes: Leni-Geissler Foundation; Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition; semi-finalist in the Anneliese Rothenberger Competition;
She is fluent in German, Italian, English, French and Greek and resides currently in Berlin, Germany.