Elina Garanca’s Heroines

I bring you today a new recording by an excellent mezzo soprano, rather than by an orchestra, a string player, or a pianist. It is time for a change… Ha, ha… Her name is Elīna Garanča.

This amazing singer explores the emotional storms raging in the lives of opera’s strong women with her new DG album ‘Revive’. Here are the  titles:


Ah! Je vais mourir (from Les Troyens)

Acerba volutta (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l’umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

È destin… (from La Bohème)

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Ne me refuse pas (from Hérodiade)
Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (from Werther)

Skushno Marina! (from Boris Godunov)

Stella del marinar!… È un anatema (from La Gioconda)

Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse (Samson et Dalila)
Reine! Je serai reine! (from Henry VIII)

Thomas, Ambroise:
Connais-tu le pays (from Mignon)

Nei giardin del bello saracin ostello ‘Veil Song’ (from Don Carlo)
Cor de la Comunitat Valenciana
Rataplan, rataplan, della gloria (from La forza del destino)
Cor de la Comunitat Valenciana

All selections are performed by Elīna Garanča (mezzo), with the
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Roberto Abbado conducting.

Presto Classical wrote the following:

“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!”

Here is Ms. Garanca in Chanson from Boheme:

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