“She sings with rich sound, an unerring feel for the nuance and subtext of a phrase, and alluring sensuality.”

The New York Times (January 2010)

Born in Riga in 1976 into a musical family, Elīna Garanča entered the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga in 1996 and two years later, while still a student and with only ten days’ notice, she performed the role of Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena, uncovering a deep affinity with the bel canto repertoire. After graduation she joined the Meiningen Staatstheater in Germany where she appeared in roles including Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. In 1999 she also sang the role of Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and won the Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in Finland. She has since appeared at the world’s major opera houses and concert venues and established herself as one of the music world’s brightest stars thanks to her beautiful voice, musicianship and compelling stage portrayals.

2000

 

Moves to the Frankfurt Opera where roles in her first seasons include the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Hansel in Hänsel und Gretel and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia

2001

 

Finalist in the BBC’s Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

2003

 

At the Vienna State Opera: Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Meg Page in Falstaff and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Salzburg Festival debut as Annio in La clemenza di Tito. Sings Dorabella in Cosě fan tutte in Frankfurt. Appears as Rosina and as soloist in the Stabat Mater at the Helsinki Opera’s Rossini Festival. Nicklausse and the Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Tokyo. Guest appearance for Deutsche Grammophon when she joins Anna Netrebko in a scene and cavatina from Lucia di Lammermoor on Netrebko’s debut album Opera Arias

2004

 

Dorabella, Meg Page and Rosina at the Vienna State Opera. Dorabella at the Salzburg Festival. Bellini’s Adalgisa at Baden-Baden. Rossini’s Cenerentola in Paris. Performs Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs under Philippe Jordan at the Vienna Konzerthaus

2005

 

At the Vienna State Opera: debut as Charlotte in Werther, Rosina and Meg Page. Dorabella at Aix-en-Provence and for her debut at the Paris Opéra-Palais Garnier. Concerts in Lucerne and Graz

2006

 

Triumphs as Octavian at the Vienna State Opera and as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien. Further performances as Octavian, Rosina, Cherubino, Dorabella, Sesto and Charlotte in Vienna; Sesto in Paris. Mozart arias with Norrington and Mozart’s sacred music with Muti at the Salzburg Festival; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Paris under Masur. Recitals at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg. Appears on Deutsche Grammophon’s Mozart Album. She receives the European Culture Prize during a televised gala at the Frauenkirche in Dresden

2007

 

Elīna Garanča ’s opera appearances include Rosina, Cherubino, Dorabella, Octavian, Charlotte and Adalgisa at the Vienna State Opera; debut performance at the Berlin State Opera as Sesto; debut performance at Covent Garden in the role of Dorabella; role debut as Carmen at the Latvian National Opera in Riga. European tour with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons singing Berio’s Folk Songs. Appears in three gala concerts with Anna Netrebko, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier and the SWR Symphony Orchestra under Marco Armiliato, the third of which is broadcast on German television to an audience of over two million and recorded live for audio and video release (The Opera Gala – Live from Baden-Baden). Her first solo recording for Deutsche Grammophon, Aria cantilena, with highlights from some of her celebrated operatic roles accompanied by the Dresden Staatskapelle under Fabio Luisi, is released to great critical acclaim (Echo Award 2007). Elīna Garanča is awarded the Three-Star Order by the Latvian State

2008

 

The year begins with Elīna Garanča ’s sensational Met debut as Rossini’s Rosina. Role debut as Bellini’s Romeo in concert performances in Riga, repeating the role in Vienna alongside Anna Netrebko, conducted by Fabio Luisi (recorded by Deutsche Grammophon). Octavian at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Adalgisa at her debut in Munich’s Bavarian State Opera where she also appears as Charlotte, and makes her role and house debuts as Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust in Geneva’s Grand Théâtre. Concerts include Mahler’s Third Symphony at the Vienna Musikverein, Berio’s Folk Songs with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Mariss Jansons at the Philharmonie, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado, and Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Jansons at the Salzburg Festival. She also gives a solo concert at the Opera Festival in St. Margarethen, Austria, and participates in the “Opera Stars of the World” concert in the Austrian stadium Hohe Warte, in a gala concert at the Instanbul International Festival, and gives several performances at the Festival del Sole in Napa, USA

2009

 

Elīna Garanča follows up her first successful solo album with Bel Canto, a collection of arias and ensembles (Echo Award, BBC Music Magazine Award 2009). In the new recording of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi she sings the role of Romeo. Engagements include Octavian in Vienna, Bellini’s Romeo and Carmen at Covent Garden, Carmen at Caracalla in Rome and in a sensationally succesful new production at the Met, Romeo in Berlin, Rossini’s Cenerentola at the Met, and Massenet’s Charlotte in Vienna and Baden-Baden. Tours Europe with the Basle Chamber Orchestra singing Mozart arias, and Germany with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen

2010

 

Further appearances as Carmen at the Met, as well as in Munich and Valencia; Massenet’s Charlotte in San Francisco; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Dresden Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann; Bruckner’s Te Deum with René Pape and the Wiener Philharmoniker under Daniel Barenboim at the Salzburg Festival; concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Savonlinna Festival in Finland and in Riga; New Year’s Eve Concerts under Gustavo Dudamel at the Berlin Philharmonie. Elīna Garanča is named “Vocalist of the Year” by Musical America. In November she takes over moderation of the ARTE Lounge, a new classical TV concept. Recordings released this year: Habanera – Gypsy Songs from opera and operetta with the Orchestra Sinfonia Nazionale della RAI under Karel Mark Chichon; on DVD: her Met Cenerentola and Carmen

2011

 

Plans include Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena in Barcelona, Vienna and Zurich; Donna Elvira in concert performances with Rolando Villazón of Don Giovanni in Baden-Baden; concerts with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Ricardo Muti; and her appearance at the Vienna Opera Ball. Upcoming releases will be the recording of the New Year’s Eve Concert with Gustavo Dudamel and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Massenet’s Werther with Rolando Villazón and a live recital from Baden-Baden

10/2010

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