Elīna Garanča
Mezzo-soprano

Season 17/18 Artist
© Paul Schirnhofer/Deutsche Grammophon

Elīna Garanča was born in Riga into a family of musicians. She won the Mirjam Helin Competition in 1999 and was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2001. She made her professional debut in the troupes of the Meiningen Staatstheater and the Frankfurt Opera. Her career took on an international dimension after appearing at the Salzburg Festival for the first time in 2003 in the role of Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She is invited regularly to sing at some of the world’s most famous opera houses where she performs the great roles of Mozart as well as parts in the bel canto and romantic repertoire. Since September 2005, she has recorded exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon.
Her first solo album, Aria cantilena, received the distinguished Echo Klassik “Singer of the Year Award” in 2007 as did her album Romantique in 2012 and her album Méditation in 2015.
In 2010 she was named “Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year” and also received the Echo Klassik Female Singer of the Year Award. She has given numerous recitals and concerts including Verdi’s Requiem at La Scala in Milan alongside Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann and René Pape, with Daniel Barenboim conducting. She performs regularly at the Vienna Staatsoper, where, in 2013, she became one of the youngest singers to receive the title of “Kammersängerin”. She has sung over twenty roles there since playing Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana in 2003, including Carmen, Sesto, Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena), Charlotte and Oktavian (Der Rosenkavalier). She made her debut appearance at London’s Covent Garden in the title role of Carmen, a role she also played in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera in New York that was broadcast in cinemas around the world. During the 2015-2016 season, she performed at the Vienna Staatsoper, the Paris Opera (Charlotte), Berlin’s Deutsche Oper (Leonore in a concert version of La Favorite), New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Sara in Roberto Devereux) and she gave a recital at the Palais Garnier. She performed the stage version of La Favorite for the first time at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and then sang the role of Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) at the Paris Opera before appearing at the Metropolitan Opera in Der Rosenkavalier alongside Renée Fleming.

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