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Elina Garanca: "We mezzos get to have such fun" / London Telegraph interview

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In all my experience of the craziness of opera, I have seldom been as shocked as I was when I heard who had won the 2001 Cardiff Singer of the World competition. For all of us in the audience – as well as the television commentators and the vox pop – there was no question: the laurel should have gone to a dazzlingly attractive Latvian mezzo-soprano with a sturdy yet pliant voice of old-school amplitude and elegance called Elina Garanca. "You have doubts all the time. It didn't happen for me overnight," she says. But you feel that she was always on track, straining in the slips, focused and determined.  READ THE FULL Telegraph ARTICLE