Elīna Garanča
Mezzo-soprano

Season 17/18 Artist
© Paul Schirnhofer/Deutsche Grammophon

Elina Garanca 's career took on an international dimension after her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2003 as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She is a regular guest at the Vienna State Opera, where she has sung not only the great Mozart roles but also the bel canto and Romantic repertoire (Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro under Riccardo Muti, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Charlotte in Werther). In July 2005, she sang Dorabella in Patrice Chéreau's production of Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (DVD, Erato). In 2007, she made her debut at Covent Garden, London in La Clemenza di Tito and, in 2008, at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina). In 2009, she sang Carmen opposite Roberto Alagna at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, where she also sang the title role of La Cenerentola. She sang Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena alongside Anna Netrebko at the Vienna State Opera (a production recorded on DVD). In 2015, she made her debut at La Scala, Milan in the title role of Carmen. She has made numerous recordings, including I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Fabio Luisi, Verdi's Requiem with Daniel Barenboim, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Christian Thielemann, a New Year's Concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Vivaldi's Bajazet with Fabio Luisi (Middem Classical Award) and several albums solos with Deutsche Grammophon, all critically acclaimed. The most recent, Méditation, explores four centuries of sacred and spiritual music.

Creations at the Opera

  • Dorabella

    Così fan tutte - 2005

  • Octavian

    Le Chevalier à la rose - 2006

  • Sesto

    La Clemenza di Tito - 2006

Currently in

Career history

Latvian Academy of Music

Distinctions

Winner of the Mirjam Helin Competition (Finland) in 1999 Finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2001 Musical America's “Vocalist of the Year” in 2010 “Singer of the Year” at the Middem Classical in 2010 Latvian Great Music Award in 2001 and 2010 European Culture Prize in 2006