Georgian mezzo-soprano enchants New York
26 January, 2018
Georgian mezzo-soprano enchants New York
In a review of the opera Il Trovatore, the New York Times praises the performance of the Georgian singer Anita Rachvelishvili. The author of the article calls Rachvelishvili a super star and the revelation of the production that is currently running at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Anita Rachvelishvili plays the role of Azucena in Il Trovatore, a famous opera by Verdi.
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Anita Rachvelishvili with Georgian singer Nino Katamadze
and composer Nikoloz Rachveli


The 33-year-old was born in Tbilisi and initially studied piano. She was still a student at the conservatory when she debuted at the Opera in Tblisi as Maddalena in Rigoletto and as Olga in Eugen Onegin. She went on to further study at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and was chosen to sing the title role in a new production of Carmen at that theatre. This performance was her first of any major role in the West and her debut in the role. It was televised all over the world and made her internationally known.
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According to the New York Times, the role of Azucena is her true coming out: „She turns this haunted and haunting Gypsy, driven mad by her memories — and often mentioned last in rundowns of the Trovatore cast’s main quartet — into the riveting, volatile central figure.“



Il Trovatore: “Stride la vampa.” Video by Metropolitan Opera

The article continues by saying that the Georgian mezzo-soprano brings back the role’s nuances, its range of colors and its emotional gradations.

“Above all, she respects the bel canto tradition out of which this opera emerged. Her Azucena is a creation of soaring high notes, fluttering trills, seductive legato, chilling low tones. These never feel like effects; they are the building blocks she uses to form the character. Without stinting the role’s brutality, Ms. Rachvelishvili is often delicate and responsive to the generous length of Verdian lines. She makes the words bite. She is sometimes ethereal. She is sometimes, even more than earthy, elemental. Amazingly, given Azucena’s unending desperation, she is elegant” - New York Times reports.

Read the whole review by the New York Times here.

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