9/25/2012, Smetana hall at Prague's Municipal House
The young mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča has quickly established herself as one of the music world’s stars through her performances with leading opera theaters and symphony orchestras around the world. She has captured critical and popular acclaim for her beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship, and compelling stage portrayals.
Elīna Garanča began her professional career as a resident artist with the Südthüringischer Staatstheater in Meiningen where she appeared in a number of leading roles. Later, as a resident artist with the Frankfurt Opera, she appeared as Rosina, Dorabella, and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel.
In 2005 Elīna Garanča became an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon. Her first solo recording ‘Aria Cantilena’ was released in March 2007 to great popular and critical acclaim and she was awarded the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK award for ‘Singer of the Year 2007.’ Ms Garanca’s second solo album, ‘Bel Canto’ was received with similar enthusiasm.
Highlights of recent seasons included her critically acclaimed house debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She reprised this role in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera which was broadcast in more than one thousand cinemas worldwide. Ms Garanča was also named as Musical America’s ‘Vocalist of the Year’ 2010; she won the MIDEM Classical Award as ‘Singer of the Year’ and won the Echo Klassik ‘Female Singer of the Year’ award (her second Echo Klasik award) the same year. She also sang concerts with Maestros Riccardo Muti, Gustavo Dudamel, Paavo Järvi and Karel Mark Chichon and gave various recitals in Europe. The 2011/12 season, Ms Garanca performed in concert at Festtage in Berlin with Maestro Daniel Barenboim; at the Vienna State Opera (Der Rosenkavalier and La clemenza di Tito) and at various gala concerts and recitals throughout Europe. In the 2012/13 season Ms Garanca will sing in the Metropolitan Opera (La clemenza di Tito, HD Live transmission on Dec. 1, 2012), in the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Les Troyens)) and she will return to the Vienna State Opera (Carmen).
Besides Carmen, Elīna Garanča’s signature roles include Charlotte in Werther, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Adalgisa in Norma, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella in La clemenza di Tito.
Ms. Garanča was born into a musical family in Riga, Latvia. In 1996 she entered the Latvian Academy of Music and studied with her mother, a well-known mezzo-soprano, and since 1998 she has studied with various teachers in Vienna, Amsterdam, and the United States. She won the Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in 1999 and was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.