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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.
“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!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 4th 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 Guardian, 10th 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.” The Times, 18th November 2016 ***
“Her best are Massenet’s Charlotte and Thomas’s delicate Mignon; her Didon (Les Troyens) is a promise for the future.” Sunday Times, 20th November 2016
“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” Opera Now, 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” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017