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Elina Garanca

  • Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Elīna Garanča has appeared frequently for audiences in Vienna including performances as Charlotte in a new production of Werther opposite Marcelo Alvarez, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Adalgisa in Norma, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro under the direction of Riccardo Muti with the Vienna Staatsoper as well as her first performances as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with Theater an der Wien.
Ms. Garanča made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2003 as Annio in a new production of La clemenza di Tito under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and she soon returned for performances as Dorabella. The role of Dorabella was the vehicle for her debuts with Royal Opera, Covent Garden and with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in a Patrice Chereau production seen also at the Vienna Festwochen and with the Opéra de Paris in the Palais Garnier.
Audiences in Paris first saw the mezzo-soprano in 2004 when she made her debut in the title role of La cenerentola with the Théâtre Champs-Elysées, and she soon returned for performances with the Opéra de Paris - Bastille as Octavian and Mozart’s Sesto. Audiences in Berlin saw her in these same two roles: as Octvian in her debut with the Deutsche Oper and as Sesto in her debut with the Deutsche Staatsoper. She counts among her other recent successes her debut with Metropolitan Opera as Rosina, her first performances as Adalgisa opposite the Norma of Edita Gruberova in concert performances in Baden-Baden, further performances of this role for her debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper, and her debut at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu as Mozart’s Sesto.
In her native Latvia, she recently sang her first performances of the title role in Carmen and will revive this role for leading theatres around the world in coming seasons. Elīna Garanča is a frequent guest with leading symphony orchestras throughout Europe. Her collaborations with Mariss Jansons include her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in performances of Berio’s Folk Songs, a recent European tour with the Orchestra of the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and a return to the Salzburg Festival for her first performances of Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Vienna Philharmonic.
Her work with Riccardo Muti has led to performances with the Festival Saint-Denis as well as concerts of Mozart’s sacred music at the Salzburg Festival. She has appeared with the Vienna Symphony in performances of Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder, the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler’s Third Symphony, and the Bayerische Rundfunk in performances of Dvorak’s Requiem.
She performed de Falla’s Der Dreispitz, led by Bertrand de Billy, at Vienna’s Musikverein, and she appeared in concert performances of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi opposite Anna Netrebko at Vienna’s Konzerthaus. She recently returned to France for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis led by Kurt Masur with the Orchestre National de France, and her debut with the Lucern Festival saw her first performances of Ravel’s Sheherezade led by Claudio Abbado.
Ms. Garanča has a varied recital repertoire and has appeared often in solo recital including at Vienna’s Musikverein, the Lisbon Festival, the Turku Festival, and many festivals throughout Finland.