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Georgian opera singer Anita Rachvelishvili crowned as best classical music artist by the New York Times
14 December, 2018
In its end-of-year review about the best classical music of 2018, the newspaper frenetically celebrates Anita Rachvelishvili from Tbilisi. Her performance as the haunted and haunting Gypsy Azucena in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” was her true coming out, reads the review of the year’s events.

The Georgian mezzo-soprano had been daringly grim in “Carmen” and sensuous in “Prince Igor” in recent seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, but I was still unprepared for her overwhelming portrayal of Azucena in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” in
January, sung with bel canto elegance and startling authority, writes the author of the look back.

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Anita Rachvelishvili was born in Tbilisi, www.facebook.com/pg/AnitaRachvelishvili

In a review of the opera “Il Trovatore” earlier this year, the New York Times already enthused about Rachvelishvili’s performance. 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, reads the review.

Listen to Rachvelishvili’s performance as Azucena

The 33-year old Anita Rachvelishvili was born and raised in Tbilisi, where she at first studied piano at the Mukhran Machavariani School and then singing at the Vano-Sarajishvili Conservatory. She debuted at the Opera in Tblisi as Maddalena in Rigoletto and as Olga in Eugen Onegin, subsequently joining the ensemble of the theater in the fall of 2006.


Anita Rachvelishvili is an internationally celebrated opera star from Tbilisi


She became internationally known when on December 7th, 2009, the opening night of the La Scala season in Milan, she sang the title role in Carmen. This performance, which was her first of any major role in the West and which was her debut in the role, was also televised all over the world.

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Anita Rachvelishvili in one of her many international performances, www.facebook.com/pg/AnitaRachvelishvili

She has since debuted as Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Seattle Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Teatro Regio in Turin, with the Canadian Opera Company, and at the Arena di Verona, as well as making a return in the role to the Teatro alla Scala.

Source: The New York Times

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