113 comments on “Garanča Baby: a meeting place for fans

  1. Tomorrow, Saturday the 13th , Elina Garanca will be on German television: SWR, Menschen der Woche at 21.50 h (continental time). SWR has a website with a Mediathek / Sendung Verpasst possiblity, so perhaps we can see it there aftwerwards.

  2. Hi CorXy, The only complete production that’s available is the live in HD transmission from the Met, but it’s not on dvd as far as I know. There’s an introduction to her Sesto in Vienna that’s available on You Tube (about 1/2 hour) and there are some scenes from the Hermann production (Paris ’06) with Antonacci, as well. Her Berlin Sesto is only available in audio and I haven’t been able to track down anything from her first Sesto at the Volksoper in Vienna except some pictures.
    I’d say the Met production is your best bet.

    • Thank you so much for all the info Kate and thanks Eyesometric for this page! :) I’ve seen pretty much all Elīna clips on YT now! I wish they’d just record all her performances and put them on DVD! :D Thanks again!

  3. Hi there, I follow the blog since a moment and I wanted to say a big thank you for the blogger and all the people who help it. <3 It's so useful and rich of informations ! If you please, here's the little part of a French fan of Garanca : here a galery of a lot of pics I collected from Elina Garanca, if possible in HD. Nothing of unknown, but yet, maybe it will please you. And this is a review that I’ve made (in French, sorry) when Elina Garanca came in Paris in October 2012 for her solo concert. I couldn’t take pictures at this concert unfortunately, sorry. Anyway, thanks to you all !

  4. Our Spanish friends will be able to see Garanca in the Auditorio of Oviedo on the 8th of May 2014. She will sing, a.o., Dvorak, Bizet, Massenet, Gounod. The Oviedo Filarmonica, conducted by Karl Mark Chichon, will be there as well. Details on the Auditorio website.

  5. Another performance in 2014. Garanca will be at the Opera Royal de Wallonie at Liège (Belgium) on May 2. There is no information on the program, but I presume it’s the Lieder.

  6. You’re perfectly right about the Requiem of Verdi with Barenboim, Kaufmann and Pape – it’s certainly the broadcast of the live recording from 2012. ;)

    • It’s the *Arte* bit that worries me in translation rather than the work or artists. I never know if it is TV or radio and what time zone it is – can you help please? Should it be available to other countries?

      • Yes, sure ! For this one it’s Arte TV, the Requiem being at 22.15 (10.15) the Sunday for the time zone of France (UTC+2 if I’m right). It’s also written you can find this special day and its shows until seven days after the 20 October (replay : arteliveweb.com/verdi ). Generally Arte is available in France and Germany only (for free), as far I know. Except if you know the way to watch this TV from another country, I don’t know if it’s possible. Maybe you can access to it through the website when it be in replay ? :/

  7. I like the title of this book : only the shoes matter ! A humourous and down to earth approach to divaship … Can’t wait.

    Don’t forget : at 22.00 H tonight (continental time) at the ZDF the ECHO Klassik award gala with EG !

    • Oh you are a poppet ( that’s a good thing by the way! ) I had forgotten this and buried it half way down the page. I’m working tonight so can you please let me know if it is archived?

  8. A short interview with her after the ceremony.

    And thank you so much for posting the link to the on demand video – couldn’t watch it live yesterday.

  9. According to the Festspiele’s website, Garanca will both have a lieberabend (Brahms/Rachmaninov) and sing the title role in La favorite.

  10. Hi again, the concert on the French radio, I confirm, will be broadcast at 2 O’clock in the afternoon, and normally you can listen to it in live on the website (click on the little button “audio” in the head of the page in the left, next to “en direct”.) Not sure about it but maybe there will be probably a podcast of it.
    For the concert supposed to be recorded for Arte TV, I look for on the website, but nothing for now. :(

    • You are SO kind, Kate. Thank you for sharing your experience. The next 6 months? who knows, but it is certain there will a scramble for the first news of the baby :)

  11. I’ve got a call from the Palais-Royal (Paris) : the concert is reported to the 23rd of June. Beginning of April was probably too short after maternity, of course ;)

  12. Hi Eyes,
    While I was “Spring” cleaning I stumbled across 4 old FLV’s of Garanca’s performance at the Mirjam Helin Contest in 1999 and uploaded them immediately.
    That’s right, folks…Baby Garanca on You Tube. Don’t know how long they’ll last, though.
    So Enjoy!!!

  13. The MET has published its program 14/15 today. Garanca will be Carmen again. She will share the role with Anita Rachvelishvili, There will be three Don José’s : Roberto Alagna, Alexandrs Antonenko and Jonas Kauffman. Dates : 30 th September until November 1st and February/March 2105.
    On the 8th of February 2015 she will perform with the MET Orchestra : Bergs 7 Early Songs.

  14. It seems that Elina Garanca will sing Cavalleria Rusticana with Roberto Alagna in 2014-2015 at the Opera Bastille (France) : Roberto Alagna said in a Q&A Facebook that he will sing with Elina for Carmen and “Cavalleria à Bastille”. Don’t know if she’ll be the mezzo or soprano role…can she do the soprano role in technic terms ? The programm of Bastille isn’t released yet. (https://www.facebook.com/RobertoAlagna.Tenor/posts/700541459986444:0)

  15. All appearances in May (Liege, Amsterdam,Berlin) are announced on Garanca’s Facebookpage. It would seem that her Babypause ends on May 2…

  16. Garanca has put I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Munich in June on her Facebook. I was getting nervous about it (ordered tickets for the 18th) , but it seems my dream will come true …

  17. Hi Eyes,
    Garanca will also be doing Berlioz’s La mort de Cleopatre on tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in November in Amsterdam (14), Brussels (16), Luzern (17) and Vienna
    (18). Online ticketsales in the Netherlands start in June. So Filippo could probably manage to catch her on our home turf as well.

      • And one more yet : following the schedule on Deutsche Grammophon, Elina Garanca is announced in Paris the 14th of July with the French National Orchestra (Daniele Gatti in director). As I didn’t find other details and following the date, maybe will she sing a song or two for the traditional classical concert at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, for the Bastille Day (French National Day).

  18. The correspondent of De Volkskrant, one of the leading Dutch newspapers, gives Elina Garanca 4 a ranking of out of 5 stars for her performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam last Tuesday. Her voice is in very good shape (sometimes sounding like a viola). Interesting detail: Garanca took of her shoes and ‘ran like a young girl’ down the big stairs that lead to the stage to sing her encore !

    With some effort I have obtained tickets for Garanca’s Romeo in Munich in June. My hotel is booked. What’s left is praying to all the German gods that she will not cancel …

      • She’s cancelled Munich. How could she do that to me ? I know this is always a risk, but this is a great disappointment. It took ages and a fair amount of money to get tickets. I even booked a German holiday for the first time in my life…Well, there’s a lot of beer in Munich.

        • Oh Filippo, I’m so sorry for you and the others who were so looking forward to this. As you say – Munich may have other attractions ;)

  19. No idea about the exact dates, but Garanca is scheduled for Carmen (March 2015) and Cavalleria rusticana (June 2015) at La Scala.

  20. Some news from the concert in Paris yesterday. Well it was beautiful and amazing ! I was afraid to not like it because I don’t understand German and I’ve never listened the Lieder (yes I’m a baby in opera and classical world !). But it was a dream with eyes opened from the beginning until the end. So many emotions through the voices and facial expressions ; so beauty. Not giving goosebumps like the Romantique promotional tour, but very beautiful and dreamy. Soothing….it seemed like forty minutes and not two hours ! And she was splendid. I’ve never heard such an atonished, dazzling silence at the end of every song, in public, and it was very warm in the applauses.. At the end she gave some dedication, and it was lovely to speak to her because she seemed more accessible and simple than the year before. Very natural. When she leaved it was with a couple of friends, speaking in German, Spanish and English, by foot, until I don’t know where… :) Magical !

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and reliving your fabulous experience for us – you express yourself very well and your English is excellent! Will you go to the concert on 14 July?

      • You’re welcome, and thank you for the compliment, really, it’s nice to see I didn’t lose too much since my Erasmus year, two years ago ! I will go to the concert in July, yes, but the tickets just in front of the scene are always booked for political, foreign guest, well, important people from the city. You can’t even go towards this place, it’s blocked by police – it was, last year. So I just will find a big screen near to the Eiffel Tower, sit there and watch the live broadcast.

  21. Rumor has it (see La Cieca at Parterre Box) that the 2018-2019 (!) season of the Met will open with Elina Garanca and Bryan Hymel in a new production of Samsom et Dalila by Saint – Saens. That’s a long wait …

  22. See Gramilano.com for a recap of an interview with Garanca in La Corriere della Sera. She will be in Milan next season for three different performances : Verdi’s Requiem, Carmen and Cavalleria Rusticana.

      • I had to work on my English translation, so why not ? I had fun to translate it in English for you :

        “Sacred music recital is now one of the pillars of the disc, a style that every certified star of lyrical art must sacrifice at some point or another of his career. The exercise is hazardous. For some success – François Pollet, Robert Alagna…- how many fails, how many recordings stuck in a false and mercantile religiosity. As the examples of her female and male colleagues, after a second maternity who forced her to put aside a path crowned with success, Elina Garanca takes up the challenge. When reading the title of this new album – Meditation – and discovering the program, we feel a bad end. To line up in the same recital so different musicians as William Gomez (1939-2000), a guitarist and Spanish composer to which even Wikipedia doesn’t give an entry, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652), Peteris Vasks (born in 1956), comes back to mix apples and oranges, the risk is to get an indigestible brew. It’s with a cautious ear we listen to this new album. But caution, as angriness, is sometimes a bad adviser.

        From the begginning – the “Sanctus”, excerpt from La Messe de Sainte-Cécile by Charles Gounod – we’re taken by the beauty of the voice, an enveloping sound, blooming and heady, that doesn’t exclude – surprising paradox – an angelic atmosphere. To this sound richness, is added a majestic vocal bearing, a comfortable length, an elegant and continue line. A sympathizer serenity comes from the ensemble. Meditation ? Not so far. The famous “Agnus Dei” by Bizet shows it, with a melodic effusion that doesn’t hinder the spiritual expression. The placidity that we otherwise reproach to Elina Garanca, becomes here an advantage. No need for effects, to exalt the impressiveness of these lyrics and the piety that motives them. This album would be a return to a childhood impregnated of choral music. The emotion’s sincerity, these deep roots to which the singing seems embraced, testify it.

        Of course, the program is disparate and his quality, inequal. But Karel Mark Chichon succeeds to attenuate the hollows and humps that could have made the path clumsy. The same respect is given to the dissimilar partitions as “Salve Regina” by Puccini, full of an inspired sobriety with the only accompaniment of a contemplative organ played by Gunther Rost, and “Dievaines” by Ugis Praulins, a new age partition that begins like a hot tub music and achieves like a Hollywood blockbuster. Some hits – “Minuit chrétien”, the Ave Maria adapted from the Cavalleria Rusticana’ symphonic intermezzo – don’t trouble a serene landscape. No breeze, no cloud. Nothing to disturb the mental oration. More surprising, the spirit, like numb in well-being, doesn’t ask to be dragged of his celestial torpor. There, everything is order and beauty, and it feels good.”

  23. http://youtu.be/BvkLPs2nQvg A little video (in French unfortunately) where Alagna explains the difficulties of rehearsals and the relationship with the opera partners, during the rehearsals of Carmen with Elina Garanca – 2010, MET :)

  24. I have a spare brand new CD of Garanca’s Mediation available. Would sell it for 5 pounds but would like the buyer to collect it from me. I am based in East London, UK. Please e-mail a.voronkovadr@gmail.com if interested.

  25. Due to illnessGaranca has cancelled the concerts in Amsterdam and Brussels. Vessilina Kasarova will now sing Berlioz’ La Mort de Cleopatre. Not bad of course, but this is the second time for me that I have to deal with this : in June she cancelled the I Capuleti that I had been looking forward to for a long time. It’ s not easy being a fan of Ms. G.

  26. Thank you for your sympathy. You can’t have it all and I must admit that I have seen Garanca at the Barbican in October, which was wonderful : I cherish her autograph on my program … And I must admit also that I could do far worse than having VK as a consolation prize !

Leave a reply - go on, you know to want to !

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s