Anita Rachvelishvili
Mezzo-soprano

Season 17/18 ArtistSeason 18/19 Artist
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Anita Rachvelishvili was born in Tbilisi (Georgia) and began studying the piano at the Mukhran Machavariani School before continuing her training at the Vano-Sarajishvili Conservatory with Manana Egadze. She won the Paata Burchuladze Prize after earning a scholarship awarded by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili. She made her debut in the roles of Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Olga (Eugene Onegin) at the Tbilisi Opera whilst she was still a student. In 2007, she entered the La Scala Academy in Milan where she was discovered by Daniel Barenboim who engaged her for the title role in Carmen to open the 2009-2010 season alongside Jonas Kaufmann. This production, broadcast live throughout the world, thrust her into the international limelight. She made other debut appearances in the same role at the New York Metropolitan Opera, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, the Seattle Opera, the San Francisco Opera, Turin’s Teatro Regio, the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto, the Rome Opera, the Verona Arena, and London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
She sang Dalila in a concert performance of Samson et Dalila at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Dulcinea in Don Quichotte at the Teatro Lirico, Cagliari, the Princesse de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur at Carnegie Hall, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at Milan’s La Scala, Amneris in Aida at Milan’s La Scala, and the Verona Arena, Liubacha in Dmitry Cherniakov's production of Rimsky-Korsakov's A Bride for the Tsar at the Berlin Staatsoper, Konchakovna in Prince Igor at the Metropolitan Opera, again in a production by Dmitry Tcherniakov, Verdi’s Requiem at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann and at Milan’s La Scala, and Marfa in Khovanshchina at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. She made her debut appearance at the Paris Opera during the 2015-2016 season singing the role of Amneris. The following season, she played Dalila at the Paris Opera, the title role of Carmen at the Paris Opera, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and the Dresden Semperoper, Azucena (in Il Trovatore) at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, and Amneris at the Chorégies d’Orange. She gave her first solo recital at Carnegie Hall with the pianist David Aladashvili. Anita Rachvelishvili is an exclusive artist of Sony Classical.
During the 2017-2018 season, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera and the Paris Opera in Il Trovatore, made her debut at the Vienna Staatsoper (Amneris) and then performed the role of Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) at the Rome Opera. She has also performed in concert with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. 

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Career history

Born in Tbilisi (Georgia) Vano-Sarajishvili Conservatory Academy of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Distinctions

Paata Burchuladze Prize (2007)