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 Arena di Verona, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris Opéra and Dutch National Opera.
Other roles in her repertory include Maddalena (Rigoletto), Charlotte (Werther), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride), Amneris (Aida), Dalila, Marfa (Khovanshchina) and the Princess of Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur).
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Georgian mezzo-soprano replaces Elīna Garanča, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.