Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča made her Royal Opera debut in 2007 as Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and has since returned to sing Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Carmen. In the 2017/18 Season she sings Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana).
Garanča grew up in Riga. She studied at the Latvian Academy of Music and in Vienna. She won the 1999 Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition and was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2003 as Annio (La clemenza di Tito) and her Metropolitan Opera, New York, debut in 2008 as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia). She appears regularly for such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Zürich Opera House and Salzburg Festival, in repertory including Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Sara (Roberto Devereux), Léonor (La Favorite), Romeo, Carmen, Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), Didon (Les Troyens), Charlotte (Werther), Santuzza and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).
Garanča appears in concert with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and has toured Europe and Mexico in recital. Her extensive discography includes the albums Bel Canto, Habanera, Romantique and Revive for Deutsche Grammophon, for whom she is an exclusive recording artist. Her awards include four ECHO Klassik Awards. In 2013 she wrote the book Wirklich Wichtig sind die Schuhe. She is a Kammersängerin of Vienna State Opera.
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