Elīna Garanča Latvian mezzosoprano

Elina Garanca Latvian mezzosoprano

Few singers attain the stature of Elīna Garanča, who over the past decade has emerged as one of opera’s brightest stars. The Latvian mezzo-soprano is consistently praised for her iconic portrayals of the leading roles in her repertoire. Forging deep connections with each part she plays, she is a consummate artist whose distinctively dark, sultry voice boasts a power and warmth to which her regal bearing and alluring looks provide the perfect counterpoise.

Elīna Garanča Latvian mezzosoprano

Elīna Garanča regularly headlines landmark productions at the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Bavarian State Opera, and Vienna State Opera, where she recently became the youngest female singer to be honored with a Kammersängerin Award. Since becoming an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist in 2005, she has amassed an extensive discography, highlighted by six solo albums – three of them ECHO Klassik Award-winners – and DVDs that capture her most definitive live performances.

Besides starring in numerous opera and concert broadcasts, Elīna Garanča frequently appears in documentaries and talk shows, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary Primadonna on rollerskates (2002). Her memoir, Wirklich wichtig sind die Schuhe (“The Shoes Are Really Important”), was published by Austria’s Ecowin Verlag last year; in it she explains, “My feet must feel free so that my soul and voice can soar.”

It was Elīna Garanča’s triumphant 2003 Salzburg Festival debut, as Annio in La clemenza di Tito with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, that was responsible for her international breakthrough. She made her Vienna State Opera debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and became a regular with the company, initially specializing in Mozart roles before becoming equally dominant in bel canto and Romantic repertoire. Her Viennese appearances included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Riccardo Muti, and seminal accounts of two roles on which she would indelibly put her stamp: Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Charlotte in a new, televised staging of Massenet’s Werther. To date, she has sung more than 150 performances with the company.

Engagements followed in Helsinki, Lucerne, Graz, Paris, and Aix-en-Provence, where she starred in Patrice Chéreau’s production of Così fan tutte, available on Erato DVD. In 2007 she made house debuts at London’s Royal Opera House as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, and the Berlin State Opera as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito. For her sensational 2008 Metropolitan Opera debut she sang Rosina, a role with which her name was already synonymous in Europe, in Bartlett Sher’s staging of Il barbiere di Siviglia, and returned to the company the following season to headline another Rossini opera: La Cenerentola. 

In 2009 Elīna Garanča headlined Carmen opposite Roberto Alagna at both Covent Garden and the Met, where her definitive performance in Richard Eyre’s production was broadcast Live in HDto more than 1,000 movie theaters worldwide. She returned to the Met as Mozart’s Sesto. Both her Sesto and Cenerentola were also transmitted to cinemas around the globe in the company’s Live in HD series, and all three were subsequently shown on PBS TV’s “Great Performances at the Met.” The mezzo’s iconic performances as Carmen and La Cenerentola have since been issued on DG DVD, and she was chosen to join Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Itzhak Perlman, and other stars at a televised concert to celebrate the 40thanniversary of the “Great Performances” series.

Elīna Garanča collaborated with Russian soprano Anna Netrebko on recordings including Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Fabio Luisi and the Vienna Symphony, and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera, which was televised and released on DVD. The pair appeared together in an Opera Gala of the Stars at Baden-Baden that was broadcast live to a German television audience of over two million and issued on DVD. Among Garanča’s other distinguished concert recordings are Verdi’s Requiem with Daniel Barenboim at La Scala, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden, and a New Year’s Eve Concert with Gustavo Dudamel and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Elīna Garanča sang in Vivaldi’s Bajazet with Fabio Biondi on the Erato label, which was nominated for a Grammy and won a MIDEM Classical Award. As an exclusive DG recording artist, she has released six solo albums. The first, Aria Cantilena, won the ECHO Klassik “Singer of the Year” award; she scored a second with Bel Canto, also a BBC Music magazine award-winner; and Romantique took ECHO Klassik’s 2013 award for “Best Solo Recording.”

Elīna Garanča launched the 2014-15 season with the release of her most personal album to date, Meditation, which spans four centuries of sacred and spiritual music. She and Alagna reprise their leading roles in the Met’sCarmen, and Bizet’s gypsy serves as the vehicle for her house debut at La Scala. Strauss’s Octavian takes her back to Vienna and Berlin, and she returns to Milan to partner Jonas Kaufmann in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and grace a dream team of soloists in Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Chailly.

Elīna Garanča sings Berg under James Levine at Carnegie Hall, and undertakes a European concert tour with Karel Mark Chichon. After making recital debuts at Carnegie Hall and La Scala last season, she rejoins pianist Malcolm Martineau for lieder recitals in London, Zurich, Graz, Vienna, and Salzburg. Her summer season includes the return of her popular “Elīna Garanča and Friends” concerts in Austria and performances as Charlotte in Werther at the Salzburg Festival.

A laureate of Finland’s 1999 Mirjam Helin Singing Competition, Garanča was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and won Musical America’s “Vocalist of the Year” 2010 and MIDEM Classical’s “Singer of the Year” 2010. She received Latvian Great Music Awards in 2000 and 2010, and a Three-Star Order granted by the Latvian State in 2007. In 2006, during a televised gala at the Semperoper Dresden, she was presented with the European Culture Prize.

Elīna Garanča was born into a musical family in Riga, Latvia, where her father was a choral conductor and her mother a singer, under whom she learned at the Latvian Academy of Music before continuing her studies in Vienna and the United States.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:352298 
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {565}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/08
Debut: Elina Garanca, José Manuel Zapata, John Moore
[Met Performance] CID:352306
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {566}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/2008
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352311
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {567}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/2008
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352323
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {568}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352329
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {569}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/02/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352338
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {570}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/07/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352353
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {571}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352372
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {572}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/21/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352383
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {573}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352391
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {574}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/29/2008
[Met Performance] CID:353041 
La Cenerentola {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/01/2009
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353053
La Cenerentola {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/06/2009
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353056 
La Cenerentola {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/09/2009
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353274 
New Production
Carmen {946}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/2009
Debuts: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Richard Eyre, Rob Howell, Irene Bohan, Elizabeth Caballero, Maria Kowroski, Martin Harvey
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353279
Carmen {947}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/05/2010
Debuts: Ashley Tuttle, Keith Roberts
[Met Performance] CID:353291
Carmen {948}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/08/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353295
Carmen {949}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353311 
Carmen {950}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/2010
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353318
Carmen {951}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/21/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353617
Carmen {960}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/04/2010
Debuts: Edward Gardner, Malcolm MacKenzie
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353621
Carmen {961}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/08/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353624
Carmen {962}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/12/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353628
Carmen {963}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353633
Carmen {964}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353643
Carmen {965}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353645
Carmen {966}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/27/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353652
Carmen {967}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/2010
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353660
Carmen {968}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/04/2010
[Met Performance] CID:354661
La Clemenza di Tito {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/2012
Debuts: Lucy Crowe, Toni Rubio
Broadcast /Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:354669
La Clemenza di Tito {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354670
La Clemenza di Tito {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354689 
La Clemenza di Tito {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/01/2012
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:354701
La Clemenza di Tito {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/06/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355797
Carmen {994}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/06/2015
Debits: Ailyn Pérez, Gábor Bretz
[Met Performance] CID:355799
Carmen {995}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/09/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355812
Carmen {996}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355824
Carmen {997}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/19/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355830
Carmen {998}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/2015
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:355839
Carmen {999}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355845
Carmen {1000}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/04/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355857 
Carmen {1001}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/07/2015
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356398
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
Roberto Devereux {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/2016
Debuts: David McVicar, Brian Downen, Yohan Yi
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356403
Roberto Devereux {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356409
Roberto Devereux {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/31/2016
Debut: Mario Zeffiri
[Met Performance] CID:356416
Roberto Devereux {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/04/2016
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356422
Roberto Devereux {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/08/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356425
Roberto Devereux {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/2016
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356435 
Roberto Devereux {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/2016
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:356438
Roberto Devereux {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/19/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356690
New production
Der Rosenkavalier {385}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/13/2017
Debuts: Markus Brück, Helene Schneiderman, Scott Conner, Billy Conahan, Patrick Stoffer, Sidney Fortner, Tom Watson, Scott Conner, Edward Hanlon, Marco Jordão
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356694
Der Rosenkavalier {386}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/2017
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356699
Der Rosenkavalier {387}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/21/2017
Debut: Timothy Harvey
[Met Performance] CID:356703
Der Rosenkavalier {388}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/24/2017
Debut: Inna Yesilievskaya
[Met Performance] CID:356706
Der Rosenkavalier {389}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/28/2017
[Met Performance] CID:356710
Der Rosenkavalier {390}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/01/2017
[Met Performance] CID:356714
Der Rosenkavalier {391}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/05/2017
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:356718
50 YEARS AT LINCOLN CENTER: A GALA CELEBRATION
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/07/2017
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356720
Der Rosenkavalier {392}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/09/2017
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356724 
Der Rosenkavalier {393}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/13/2017
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:356997
New Production
Samson et Dalila {227}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/24/2018
Opening Night {134}
Peter Gelb General Manager
[Met Performance] CID:357004
Samson et Dalila {228}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/2018
[Met Performance] CID:357005
Samson et Dalila {229}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/01/2018
Debut: Kristian Benedikt
[Met Performance] CID:357010
Samson et Dalila {230}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/05/2018
[Met Performance] CID:357014
Samson et Dalila {231}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/09/2018
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:357019
Samson et Dalila {232}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/13/2018
[Met Performance] CID:357023
Samson et Dalila {233}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/16/2018
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:357026 
Samson et Dalila {234}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/20/2018
HD Transmission
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:357241
The MET Orchestra
Carnegie Hall, New York; 06/14/2019
[Met Performance] CID:357395
La Damnation de Faust {27}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/2020
[Met Performance] CID:357400
La Damnation de Faust {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/2020
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:357404
La Damnation de Faust {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/01/2020
Debut: Michael Spyers
[Met Performance] CID:357405
La Damnation de Faust {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/01/2020
Debut: Michael Spyers
[Met Performance] CID:357412
La Damnation de Faust {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/08/2020
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:357449
At Home Gala
Streaming live from around the world; 4/25/2020

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