Elīna Garanča Honored by the City of Riga
On December 4, the city of Riga honored Elīna Garanča with the “Gada rīdzinieks 2018” (Rigans of the Year 2018). City Council chairman Nils Usakovs presented the award at City Hall, with Garanča in attendance.
The award honors those who have used their talent and work to contribute to the global recognition of Riga, attracting public attention to the Latvian capital. As a native of Riga, Elīna has been honored for her outstanding contribution to the development of Latvian music and cultural life.
Upon receiving the award, Garanča shared: “No prize is as pleasant to receive as one from home. I am a Rigan; I was born here and I have grown here. I have taken my first steps here, and this city will always be a part of my future.”