"[A] gorgeous full tone sound and beautifully shaped vocal lines".
  (Yorkshire Times
Born in Kerch, Crimea, Milana Sarukhanyan is a prize-winning lyric soprano based in London.
Milana began singing as a young child in the Ukraine and, after two years at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, Russia, relocated to London where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with Philip Doghan, Ian PartridgeRichard Berkeley-Steele and Anna Tilbrook, graduating with first-class honours in 2018 and a Master of Arts Diploma in 2020.
Career highlights so far include roles as Najad from Strauss’ ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ with the Berlin Opera Academy and Micaëla from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ with the Barcelona Opera Studio as well as performances at the ‘Encuentro de Música Academia’ Festival in Santander, Spain, the ‘Sound and Vision Music Festival’ at the Royal Academy of Music conducted by Paul Morley and Philip Cashian, and her debut in 2017 at London’s Royal Festival Hall in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. Awards include First Prize at the 2018 ‘Fiestalonia Milenio International Arts Contest’ in Spain and a Silver Medal at the 2019 ‘1st International Music Competition’ in Vienna, Austria.
A passionate advocate of contemporary repertoire, Milana is Director of ‘DNA: A Festival of Ancestry in Contemporary Music’, an exciting new project launched in 2020 with cellist Ben Finlay, which will commission a series of works from young composers inspired by performers’ DNA profiles. She and Ben are also working on a studio recording of a CD on a theme of Russian poetry in contemporary music for cello and soprano commissioned by Orpheus Classical to be released in 2021. Recently Milana took part in KyivStreetOpera, an experimental project launched on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine, in response to the demand for covid-safe concert spaces.
Awarded a five-year Global Talent visa by the UK Home Office in 2020 on the basis of her exceptional artistic promise, Milana’s upcoming performances include a starring role in the film-musical ‘The Phantom of Notre Dame’ by Michael Storey, Despina in ‘Così fan tutte’ by Mozart for LoveOpera and as guest soloist in Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Ryan Bair and the Audentia Ensemble.