Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili made her Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Carmen. In the 2016/17 Season she returns to sing Azucena (Il trovatore)
Rachvelishvili was born in Tbilisi and initially studied piano at the M. Machavariani School and later voice at the V. Sarajshvili Conservatory. On graduation in 2006 she sang as a member of the Tbilisi Opera House before joining the Academy of Lyric Opera at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala from 2007 to 2009. At the end of her tenure she made her international debut as Carmen for La Scala, Milan, in a new production opening the 2009/10 season conducted by Daniel Barenboim and co-starring Jonas Kaufmann and Erwin Schrott. She has since sung the role for companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Arena di Verona and Teatro Regio, Turin. Further engagements include Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride for Berlin State Opera, Amneris (Aida) for Paris Opéra, Romeo Opera, La Scala, Arena di Verona and in Turin, Dalila (Samson et Dalila) for Paris Opéra, Marfa (Khovanshchina) for Dutch National Opera, Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) in Cagliari and Toronto, Konchakovna (Prince Igor) for the Metropolitan Opera and Princess of Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur) in her Carnegie Hall debut.
Rachvelishvili’s concert appearances have included Verdi’s Requiem with Christian Thielemann for the Salzburg Festival.
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