Asmik Grigorian is a Lithuanian soprano (b 1981) who just made her Met debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly. She will repeat the role in the final telecast of this year’s Met in HD series on Saturday, May 11. Over the last decade, she has appeared in an astounding variety of roles at most of the world’s leading opera houses. Her voice is basically a lirico-spinto soprano that is so perfectly produced that she can sing dramatic roles without strain or damage.

She can handle all the great Puccini roles including Turandot, Traviata, Lady Macbeth, Norma, and Salome, with vocal ease, sensitivity, and beauty. She is also very attractive and is a commanding actress. Think Callas with a beautiful voice. Below are 10 videos showing both her artistry and her versatility. Each one is worth the time it takes to view and listen to this extraordinary artist. I’ll have more to say about her after watching her performance next week. She’s worth a trip to the local theater that carries the Met’s HD shows.