Elīna Garanča takes on the role of Kundry at the opening of this year’s Festival.
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Elīna Garanča stars in her long-awaited debut as Amneris among the superstar cast at the Wiener Staatsoper.
“It is important to me, and I want to teach my children that we cannot go on without nature. Humans are only a part of this world, we must live in harmony with nature and realize that we cannot only take.”
Deutsche Grammophon documents two such remarkable events, featuring mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča’s appearances at the Salzburg Festival in the summers of 2020 and 2021 with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann.
In a sensational new production by the Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, Parsifal premiered at the Vienna State Opera on Sunday 11 April 2021.
Elīna Garanča has been captivating audiences in the world’s most prestigious concert halls for years with well-chosen programmes of art songs by composers ranging from Schubert and Schumann to Richard Strauss, Rachmaninov and her compatriot Raimonds Pauls. Only now, however, has she added to her already extensive Deutsche Grammophon discography an album documenting her exceptional skill in this genre and her ability to convey every nuance of both music and text.
Elīna Garanča was honoured as Singer of the Year at the 2020 OPUS-KLASSIK for Sol y Vida, an album of non core-classical repertoire in praise of sunshine, life and love.
Not yet forty and now in the second decade of her career, the Latvian mezzo has established herself as one of the most gratifying performers on the opera stage today, leaving an indelible stamp on characters ranging from Carmen and Charlotte to Sesto in Clemenza, bel canto heroines such as Angelina, Rosina and Giovanna Seymour to Strauss’s Octavian.
Ms. Garanca’s singing from her first phrases defined what is meant by “Met quality,” abundant, sumptuous tone and generous phrasing. This is an artist we need to hear in the great roles of her Fach: Donizetti’s Favorite, for instance, or Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlos.
“Garanča easily projects virility and positions the notes, whatever their register, like a darts player hitting the bull’s-eye.”