Elīna Garanča honored with prominent opera title in Austria
Attended by federal minister of education, arts and culture Claudia Schmied and director of Vienna State Opera Dominique Meyer, the awarding ceremony was held in Vienna’s opera house.
This title of honor will be marked with ‘Ks’ prefixed to Elīna Garanča’s name on Vienna State Opera posters, theatre programs and other publicity material.
Prior, Placido Domingo, Edita Gruberova, Heinz Holecek and other singers have earned this title, which is awarded for life.
To this date, Elīna Garanča has interpreted 15 roles in Vienna Opera giving altogether 132 performances. She sang in the New Year celebration in 2006 and in the opening concert of Vienna Opera ball in 2011. Late in May and in June of 2013, Elīna Garanča will sing Carmen on Vienna Opera stage in ‘Carmen’ by George Bizet, directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
Latvian opera singer Elīna Garanča is one of the leading mezzo sopranos in the world today. She has sung to audiences of the most prestigious opera houses and earned lavish appreciation by critics and public alike. Her other awards are MIDEM Classical award, received twice, ‘ECHO Klassik’ award, European Culture Award and more.
Elīna Garanča holds Latvian Great Music Award 2010 for international excellence.