Anita Rachvelishvili, mezzo-soprano
10 April 2022 – 8pm
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“Without doubt, the best Verdian mezzo-soprano on the planet. Without. Doubt.” If Riccardo Muti says so, then why argue? Born in a wartorn Georgia, Anita Rachvelishvili found solace and salvation in music. At the age of sixteen, her father suggested she try her hand at opera singing. After the conservatory, she made her debut at the Tbilisi opera house. Invited in 2007 to join the La Scala Academy, she was chosen to sing Carmen alongside Jonas Kaufmann. Her international career was then launched, and a most dazzling career it has proven to be inasmuch as her artistic personality wins general approval. As Maestro Muti assures us, it is one of the greatest voices of the day who comes to the recital stage of the Grand Théâtre. For some years now, the mezzo- soprano has been fascinating the opera world with the musicality and power of a voice that is both full and sensual. Anita Rachvelishvili adds a unique dramatic presence to her coppery timbre. Her dark, smoldering eyes and cascading black curls are striking, but what is unusual is the juxtaposition of fiery surface and an inward-focused quality, seeming to draw its energy from some secret space. At the time of going to press, details of the programme for the evening with Anita Rachvelishvili were not available, but we can expect to hear her favourite composers: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Duparc, Tosti and her compatriot Otar Taktakishvili.
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