Songs by Robert Schumann, Alban Berg and Richard Strauss
In 2008, Elīna Garanča made several spectacular debuts: at the Metropolitan Opera in New York , the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin – and with the Berliner Philharmoniker. On that occasion, she performed Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs under the baton of Maris Jansons. “Her singing is so natural that it makes the terms audience favourite and diva synonymous,” as the review in the Tagesspiegel wrote. She was invited to perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker again in 2010 as the soloist for the traditional New Year’s Eve concert, where she thrilled the audience with bravura arias by French composers. The daughter of a singer and a choir conductor, the Latvian mezzo-soprano caused a sensation as Annio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Titoat the 2003 Salzburg Festival and became a rising star on the classical music scene. In this period, she established herself as a leading representative of the mezzo repertoire: Georges Bizet’s Carmen , Octavian in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Charlotte in Jules Massenet’s Werther and Rosina in Gioacchino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia are among her most brilliant roles. Elīna Garanča, who discovered singing as a fan of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, is best known as an opera singer and as a star guest at glamorous concerts, but the artist also likes to turn to the smaller, more intimate form of song, which provides her with the opportunity to demonstrate quite different nuances and colours of her warm, supple mezzo. Now, in her first recital for the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, audiences have the opportunity to discover this facet of the singer.