Born in Latvia: Elīna Garanča

When I reviewed Elīna Garanča’s Wigmore Hall recital last year, I was struck by her remarkable poise and stillness as a performer. Vocally, hers is probably the most beautiful mezzo voice in the world right now – velvety smooth, with just a flash of silver at the top. She is equally at home on the operatic stage, in Mozart or bel canto roles, or as Octavian or Carmen. In January, I saw her superb Charlotte in Paris. She is one of a remarkable number of Latvians prominent in the classical music world. In our interview, Garanča muses on why so many great voices are emerging from Latvia, as well as discussing key roles, singing competitions, and how her voice is developing.

Elīna Garanča © Karina Schwarz | DG

Elīna Garanča
© Karina Schwarz | DG

Read the full interview on Bachtrack.

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