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4th November 2016



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4th Nov 2016




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Ah! Je vais mourir (from Les Troyens)


Acerba volutta (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)


È destin… (from La Bohème)


Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)


Ne me refuse pas (from Hérodiade)

Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (from Werther)


Skushno Marina! (from Boris Godunov)


Stella del marinar!... È un anatema (from La Gioconda)


Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse (Samson et Dalila)

Reine! Je serai reine! (from Henry VIII)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Connais-tu le pays (from Mignon)


Nei giardin del bello saracin ostello 'Veil Song' (from Don Carlo)

Cor de la Comunitat Valenciana

Rataplan, rataplan, della gloria (from La forza del destino)

Cor de la Comunitat Valenciana



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Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča explores the emotional storms raging in the lives of opera’s strong women with her new DG album ‘Revive’. She channels her experience and insights into a collection of arias drawn from the great Romantic repertoire, complete with captivating rarities and genuine showstoppers. The recording includes music from Verdi’s Don Carlo, Leoncavallo’s La Bohème, Massenet’s Hérodiade, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Saint-Saëns’s Henri VIII, as well as celebrated set-pieces from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Massenet’s Werther, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. The album was made with Roberto Abbado and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana

"Voi lo sapete, o mamma"

Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 2

"Acerba voluttà, dolce tortura ... O vagabonda stella d'Oriente"

Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens, H 133 / Act 5

"Ah! Ah! Je vais mourir ... Adieu, fière cité"

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo / Act 2

"Nel giardin del bello"

Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila, Op.47, R. 288 / Act 2

"Samson, recherchant ma présence ... Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse"

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Act 3

"Skučno, Marine ... Kak tomitel'no i vyalo"

Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 1

"Ecco: respiro appena ... Io son l'umile ancella"

Jules Massenet: Hérodiade / Act 1

"Venge-moi d'une suprême offense! ... Ne me refuse pas"

Ambroise Charles Louis Thomas: Mignon / Act 1

"Connais-tu le pays"

Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino / Act 3

"Rataplan, rataplan, rataplan"

Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda, Op.9 / Act 2

"Ho il cuor gonfio di lagrime ... Stella del marinar!"

Jules Massenet: Werther / Act 3

"Va! Laisse couler mes larmes"

Ruggiero Leoncavallo: La bohème / Act 3

"È destin, debbo andarmene ... Marcello mio"

Camille Saint-Saëns: Henry VIII / Act 2

"Reine! Je serai reine!"

Gramophone Magazine

January 2017

“The French items suit her slightly cool voice better. There’s a classy, moving grandeur to Didon’s ‘Adieu, fière cité’, and a lovely wistfulness to her Mignon…in short, here’s a beautifully regulated voice negotiating challenging repertoire with ease, going smoothly through the gears. Vocally it’s very impressive”

Opera Now

January 2017


“A collection of mezzo standards with some enjoyable rarities from Saint-Saens and Massenet thrown in. Garanča sails through the gentleness of Mignon and passions of Charlotte…she has a natural affinity with French repertoire”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

4th November 2016

“Each of these complex and diverse women spring to life fully formed and meticulously differentiated, and you never get the sense that she’s using every item in her new technical tool-box for its own sake...And what a chest-voice!”

Sunday Times

20th November 2016

“Her best are Massenet’s Charlotte and Thomas’s delicate Mignon; her Didon (Les Troyens) is a promise for the future.”

The Guardian

10th November 2016


“Garanča’s voice is full and glamorous with an increased weight behind it, but expressive despite its density. For the lower notes, she has a chest voice that she can brandish like a mace.”

The Times

18th November 2016


“it’s into this vengeful verismo repertoire that Garanca appears to be steering her career. She’s hugely impressive at it, admittedly, but her fans might have enjoyed some contrasting fragility.”

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