Elīna Garanča has quickly established herself as a major star through her performances
with leading opera houses and symphony orchestras around the world. She has captured
critical and popular acclaim for her beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship, and
compelling stage portrayals.
Ms. Garanča was born into a musical family in Riga, Latvia. She studied at the Latvian
Academy of Music with her mother. She won the Mirjam Helin International Singing
Competition in 1999 and was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
competition. Ms. Garanča began her professional career as a resident artist with the
Südthüringischer Staatstheater in Meiningen, where she performed a number of leading roles.
She has also been a resident artist with Oper Frankfurt.
In September 2005, Ms. Garanča became an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche
Grammophon. Her first solo recording, Aria Cantilena, was released in March 2007
to great popular and critical acclaim, earning her the prestigious ECHO Klassik award for
Singer of the Year. Her second solo record, Bel Canto, was received with similar
Highlights of recent seasons have included her critically acclaimed house debut in the
title role of Bizet's Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She
reprised the role in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera, which was broadcast in
more than 1,000 cinemas worldwide. Ms. Garanča was also named Musical America's
2010 Vocalist of the Year; that same year, Ms. Garanča won the MIDEM Classical Award and
another ECHO Klassik. She also performed with Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Gustavo
Dudamel, Paavo Järvi, and Karel Mark Chichon, in addition to various recital engagements
This season, Ms. Garanča appears at the Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche
Oper Berlin, and Semperoper Dresden. She also embarks on a major European tour to promote
her new Deutsche Grammophon record Romantique in the Czech Republic, Germany,
Austria, the UK, Spain, and France.