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Elina Garanca is OPERAWIRE - Artist Of The Week

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For years, Elīna Garanča has been making headlines for her incredible technique, dramatic power, and incredible stage presence. She has conquered the works of Donizetti, Bellini, Bizet and Rossini and has also created memorable portrayals as Charlotte in "Werther," Leonore in "La Favorite" and a highly acclaimed "Carmen." After years of singing from the lyric repertoire and saying goodbye to pants roles, Garanča turns her eyes to the Verdi repertoire.

This week, the mezzo soprano takes on the role of Eboli in Verdi's "Don Carlo." It's perhaps one of the most anticipated productions of the year with Jonas Kaufmann and Sonya Yoncheva headlining the work, but it is even more special asGaranča takes on her first major Verdi role. For years the Latvian mezzo has talked about singing Verdi and has stated several times that her dream role is Amneris in "Aida." With Eboli, she gets one step closer to her dream.