“Elīna Garanča is an artist whose unfailing technique and glamour make her one of the most exciting performers on the opera stage today. Garanča has already left her indelible mark on roles such as Octavian, Charlotte, Sesto and Carmen with an instrument of uncommon beauty and a stage deportment that is as adaptable as it is compelling.”
(Opera News Awards 2016 / Opera News)
Elīna Garanča over the past decade has emerged as one of opera’s brightest stars. The Latvian mezzo-soprano is consistently praised for her iconic portrayals of the leading roles in her repertoire. It was Garanča’s triumphant 2003 Salzburg Festival debut, as Annio in La clemenza di Tito with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, that was responsible for her international breakthrough. She made her Vienna State Opera debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and became a regular with the company, initially specializing in Mozart roles before becoming equally dominant in bel canto and Romantic repertoire. Her Viennese appearances included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Riccardo Muti, and seminal accounts of two roles on which she would indelibly put her stamp: Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Charlotte in a new, televised staging of Massenet’s Werther. To date, she has sung more than 150 performances with the company. Engagements followed in Helsinki, Lucerne, Graz, Paris, and Aix-en-Provence, where she starred in Patrice Chéreau’s production of Così fan tutte. In 2007 she made house debuts at London’s Royal Opera House as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and the Berlin State Opera as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. For her sensational 2008 Metropolitan Opera debut she sang Rosina, a role with which her name was already synonymous in Europe, in Bartlett Sher’s staging of Il barbiere di Siviglia, and returned to the company the following season to headline another Rossini opera: La Cenerentola.
In 2009 Garanča headlined Carmen opposite Roberto Alagna at both Covent Garden and the Met, where her definitive performance in Richard Eyre’s production was broadcast Live in HD. She returned to the Met as Mozart’s Sesto. Both her Sesto and Cenerentola were also transmitted to cinemas around the globe in the company’s Live in HD series, and all three were subsequently shown on PBS TV’s “Great Performances at the Met.” The mezzo’s iconic performances as Carmen and La Cenerentola have since been issued on DG DVD, and she was chosen to join Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Itzhak Perlman, and other stars at a televised concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the “Great Performances” series.
Elīna Garanča received Latvian Great Music Awards in 2000 and 2010, and a Three-Star Order granted by the Latvian State in 2007. In 2006 she was presented with the European Culture Prize. Among her numerous awards are Austrian Kammersängerin and Echo Klassik Award “Best Solo Recording of the Year” in 2013, Echo Klassik Award “Solo recording of the year” in 2015, Opera News Award 2016.
For more information please visit the Elīna Garanča’s official website.
Photo: Karina Schwarz/DG.