[ Sony Classics / CD ]
Release Date: Saturday 19 May 2018
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This is Anita Rachvelishvili's debut album with Sony Classical. The Georgian mezzo-soprano rose to fame in 2009 when Daniel Barenboim selected the young singer to open the La Scala season and per-form the main role of Carmen alongside Jonas Kaufmann as Don José.
Since this time Anita has sung at prestigious venues including The Metropolitan Opera, the Deutsche Oper, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Arena di Verona and London's Royal Opera House: the 16/17 season included an appearance in Verdi's Il Trovatore at the Covent Garden venue.
In the 17/18 season, Anita will appear alongside the London Symphony at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad as Amneris from Aida.
Anita features some of the most popular and enduring opera arias in the mezzo-soprano repertoire; but also features a rare addition of The Cavatina of King Tamar, from Georgian composer Dmitry Arakishvili's opera The Legend of Shota Rustaveli, demonstrating her Georgian heritage.
"Since making her name in 2009 as Carmen at La Scala, aged just 25, Georgian mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili has been storming the world's stages. Her debut CD offers some standard repertoire choices, but she blows the competition out of the water. People often bemoan that big voices are a thing of the past, but Rachvelishvili is here to prove them wrong, with her exciting and gleaming top notes and a baritonal chest register that rattles the speakers. She also displays great artistry and delicacy, never descending into exaggeration for the sake of cheap effect. This is a must-have CD for not just all lovers of great vocalism, but for anyone who relishes a singing actress in the first flush of her youthful triumph." Opera Now Five Stars
"Recorded at Auditorium Rai di Torino and Palais Garnier, Paris, Rachvelishvili benefits from impressive sound quality that has clarity, plenty of body and satisfying balance. Anita Rachvelishvili gives compelling performances in this Sony collection, demonstrating why the Georgian mezzo-soprano is in such demand on the opera stage." MusicWeb Nov 2018
Bizet: Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville ("Seguidilla")
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila: Printemps qui commence
Verdi: Il Trovatore: Condotta ell'era in ceppi
Verdi: Don Carlo: Nei giardin del bello (Canzone del velo)
Massenet: Werther: Je vous écris de ma petite chambre ("Letter Aria")
Arakishvili: The Legend of Shota Rustaveli: Cavatina of King Tamar
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
Rimsky Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride: You Wil Pay ("Lyubasha's Aria")
Bizet: Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle ("Habanera")
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma
Gounod: Sapho: O ma lyre immortelle
Verdi: Don Carlo: O don fatale