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"Garanča's talents would make her a star in any century, yet her voice and movie-star good looks seem tailor-made for our Live in HD era. But perhaps the mezzo's greatest strength is her ability to render a cantabile line of such overwhelming beauty as to make time stop . . . Elīna Garanča has already secured her place in opera history, and she may just be getting started." Opera News, April 2016
In Revive, her latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča explores the storms raging in the lives of some of the strong women of opera. A world-class performer at the peak of her form, she channels her experience and insight into a collection of arias drawn from the great Romantic repertoire, complete with captivating rarities and genuine showstoppers. Revive charts the impassioned responses of characters blown off course or thrown into emotional turmoil by events beyond their control.
Elina Garanca's 'Sol Y Vida' is a celebration of love and the long hot days of summer / WFMT: Featured New Release
Deutsche Grammophon has just released Elīna Garanča's newest album: Sol y Vida, a celebration of love and the long hot days of summer. A very personal selection of music from the Latvian mezzo, the album's repertoire ranges from well-known Italian love songs to Spanish and Latin American favorites. She says, "For me, these many-colored songs are a perfect reflection of the highly emotio...
Twenty-something duo shock The Voice UK with Lakme's Flower Duet / Radio Times
Twenty-something duo Emily Bennett, 25, and Sophie Roland, 26, shocked The Voice UK audience on Saturday night with an unexpected operatic performance. The pair wowed the judges with a rendition of The Flower Duet by Lakmé. These two young singers, Chester native Roland and Londoner, Bennett, took to the stage at the blind auditions in the hopes of earning a spot in the next round by impressi...
Elina Garanca is OPERAWIRE - Artist Of The Week
For years, Elīna Garanča has been making headlines for her incredible technique, dramatic power, and incredible stage presence. She has conquered the works of Donizetti, Bellini, Bizet and Rossini and has also created memorable portrayals as Charlotte in "Werther," Leonore in "La Favorite" and a highly acclaimed "Carmen." After years of singing from the lyric repertoire and saying goodbye ...
OperaWire's 10 must see Fall productions
After showcasing a wide range of repertoire that will be showcased this fall in the United States, it's time to look at the European theaters. With hundreds of houses around the world opening at the same time, it was challenging to put together this list. But after looking through several theaters, OperaWire has curated the must-see operas for this fall and winter season that are sure to please audiences...
Elina Granca - Revive / WFMT: 'Featured New Release'
"Revive," the new studio album from mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, celebrates the strength and emotional depth of opera's powerful women. The album contains stunning arias and set pieces composed by Verdi, Cilea, Mascagni, Massenet, Saint-Saëns and others – all given new life by Elīna's "sumptuous voice and charisma" (New York Times). Thomas: Mignon: Connais-tu le pays (5:46) ...
Elina Garanca - Revive / theguardian review
Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča is moving from the filigree bel canto roles that have largely defined her starry career into ones requiring a heftier voice – and this album is quite some way of announcing it. "Strong women in moments of weakness" is the concept: it begins with Mascagni's betrayed Santuzza pouring out her unhappiness and ends with Anne Boleyn eyeing the throne in Saint-Sa&...
Elina Garanca plays Wigmore Hall / The Telegraph review
A throwback to another musical age, when style was grand and voices were plush, the regal Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca is a rare and exotic creature - all the rarer in recent years, since a variety of family concerns have prevented her from performing much. This wondrous recital at the Wigmore Hall (her debut here) was therefore doubly welcome. READ THE FULL THE TELEGRAPH CONCERT REV...
Elina Garanca seduces Budapest audience with her 'Carmen' / Reuters
Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca left the audience roaring for more at the end of a recital in Budapest which might have seemed a little short on substance were her singing not so outstanding. A star of the opera firmament, Garanca sang for only 20 minutes in the first half of her Budapest Spring Festival recital on Friday, with a mix of arias by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Gounod. Her "Habanera"...
Elina Garanca - Meditation is WCLV: Choice CD for December
Each month, WCLV: Cleveland - Program Director Bill O'Connell selects a series of special CDs to be featured on the air throughout the month. For his December Choice CD list Bill has chosen Meditation, by mezzo-soprano; Elina Garanca with the Latvian Radio Choir; German Radio Philharmonic/Karel Mark Chicon on Deutsche Grammaphone. WCLV will feature the disc on Fri 12/5, Wed 12/17 and Fri 12/26....
Elina Garanca: "We mezzos get to have such fun" / London Telegraph interview
In all my experience of the craziness of opera, I have seldom been as shocked as I was when I heard who had won the 2001 Cardiff Singer of the World competition. For all of us in the audience – as well as the television commentators and the vox pop – there was no question: the laurel should have gone to a dazzlingly attractive Latvian mezzo-soprano with a sturdy yet pliant voice of old-school...