One of the music world’s major stars returns to the site of her U.S. recital debut in 2012 for another glorious evening of arias and songs.
Photo Credit: Sarah Katharina. Wardrobe by Niko Niko.
Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano
Elīna Garanča was born into a musical family in Riga, Latvia. She began her professional career as a resident artist with the Südthüringischer Staatstheater in Meiningen, followed by the Opera in Frankfurt am Main and Wiener Staatsoper, appearing in numerous leading roles in each theatre.
Since then, Elīna has established herself as one of the music world’s major stars through her performances with leading opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. She has captured critical and popular acclaim for her beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship, and compelling stage portrayals.
Among other roles, she is particularly famed for her portrayal as Bizet’s Carmen, which she has sung in the majority of leading theatres like Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Valencia, and Metropolitan Opera to critical acclaim; The New York Times named her “the fi nest Carmen in 25 years...”. The Met Carmen production was broadcasted in more than 1,000 movie theatres worldwide and is one of the most viewed and successful “Live in HD” performances of the Metropolitan Opera.
Recent highlights include a new production of Samson et Dalila at Staatsoper Berlin with Daniel Barenboim portraying the role of Dalila, her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Marguerite in La damnation de Faust, as well as her long-awaited debut as Kundry in the new production of Wagner’s Parsifal, premiering at the Wiener Staatsoper with Philippe Jordan in April 2021. During the 2021/22 season Elīna made her role debut as La Principessa di Bouillon in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2022 Elīna will star at various festivals and galas throughout Europe, America, and East Asia.
In September 2005, Elina became an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon (DG). Her first solo recording Aria Cantilena was released in March 2007 to great popular and critical acclaim. Two of her previous albums (Romantique and Meditation) both won an ECHO Klassik award. Her album Sol y Vida was released in May 2019 and has been unanimously praised by the critics: “Garanča’s selection of flamboyant Mediterranean and Latin American songs is a predictably good fit for her ripe and beguiling timbre.” (Gramophone.) In November 2020, she released her first solo recital album, featuring Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben and a selection of Brahms songs followed by the Live from Salzburg album released in December 2021, documenting two remarkable events at the Salzburg Festival in the summers of 2020 and 2021 with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann.
Elīna has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, greatly cherishing the title of “Kammersängerin” honoured by the Wiener Staatsoper for her devotion to the House, singing over one hundred and sixty performances of eighteen roles since her debut in the House in 2003.
Elīna appears regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, ROH Covent Garden, Salzburg Festival, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Carnegie Hall New York and Wigmore Hall London and continues to perform in various concerts, festivals and recitals all over the world.
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Malcolm Martineau is a Scottish pianist. He read Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge before studying with Geoff rey Parsons at the Royal College of Music.
Recognized at the highest international level as one of the UK’s leading accompanists, he has performed worldwide alongside the world’s greatest singers including John Mark Ainsley, Sir Thomas Allen, Lorna Anderson, Dame Janet Baker, Florian Boesch, Barbara Bonney, Dame Sarah Connolly, Sasha Cooke, Lucy Crowe, Mojca Erdmann, Christina Gansch, Elīna Garanča, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Sir Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kožená, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Catriona Morison, Dame Ann Murray, Paula Murrihy, Thomas Oliemans, Anne Sofi e von Otter, Miah Persson, Luca Pisaroni, Christoph Prégardien, Thomas Quasthoff , Joan Rodgers, Dorothea Röschmann, Kate Royal, Fatma Said, Michael Schade, Nicky Spence, Anne Schwanewilms, Frederica von Stade, Sylvia Schwartz, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sarah Walker, and Sonya Yoncheva.
He has appeared at the world’s principal venues including Alice Tully Hall, Barbican Centre, Berlin State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Gran Theatre del Liceu, Mariinsky Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, Munich Opera, Paris Opera and Salle Gaveau, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Sydney Opera House, Teatro Real, Salzburg Mozarteum, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Musikverein and State Opera, Walt Disney Hall, Wigmore Hall, and Zurich Opera amongst others.
He has also performed at the world’s most important festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, Baden Baden, Buxton, Edinburgh, Enescu, Leeds, Munich, Oxford, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schubertiade, Tanglewood and Verbier.
As a prolific recording artist, Martineau’s discography of over 100 CDs includes the following Award-winning recordings: The Vagabond with Sir Bryn Terfel (Gramophone Award), Songs of War with Sir Simon Keenlyside (GRAMMY® and Gramophone Awards), Schumann and Mahler Lieder with Florian Boesch (BBC Music Magazine Award), Mahler Lieder with Christiane Karg (Diapason d’or), El Nour with Fatma Said (Gramophone Award).
Other notable recordings include Schubert, Schumann and English songs with Sir Bryn Terfel, Schubert and Strauss with Sir Simon Keenlyside, Schumann and Brahms Lieder with Elīna Garanča, Schubert cycles with Florian Boesch and recital recordings with Barbara Bonney, Dame Sarah Connolly, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Christiane Karg, Magdalena Kožena, Angelika Kirchschlager, Dame Ann Murray, Thomas Oliemans, Dorothea Röschmann, and Anne Schwanewilms.
He has recorded the complete Beethoven and Britten Folk Songs, and the complete vocal works of Debussy, Faure, Mendelssohn and Poulenc. His current recording projects include Brahms, Duparc and Ravel.
Recording labels include Berlin Classics, Champs Hill, Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Linn, Onyx, Signum, Sony Classics, Warner Classics and Wigmore Hall Live amongst others.
He frequently gives masterclasses at the Guildhall, Juilliard, Marlboro, Ravinia and the Reina Sofi a School of Music. He is also a regular collaborator in Young Artist programs such as Britten-Pears, Internationale Meistersinger Akadamie, Merola Opera, Samling, and Salzburg.
He has been a jury member for the Kathleen Ferrier Award, the Cardiff Singer of the World, the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, and Das Lied.
Malcolm is a Professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music and an Honorary Doctor and International Fellow of Accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was Artistic Director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder Festival and he is the Artist Director of Oxenfoord International. His awards include the Walther Grüner International Lieder competition. He was made an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honors for his services to music and young singers.
BRAHMS Liebestreu Op 3. No. 1
Geheimnis Op. 71 No. 3
Wir wandelten Op. 96 No. 2
O wüßt ich doch den Weg zurück Op. 63 No. 8
Alte Liebe Op. 72 No. 1
Die Mainacht Op. 43 No. 2
Von ewiger Liebe Op. 43 No. 1
BERLIOZ D'amour l'ardente flame from La damnation de Faust
DEBUSSY Clair de Lune (piano solo)
SAINT-SAËNS Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix from Samson et Dalila
GOUNOD Plus grand, dans son obscurité from La reine de Saba
TCHAIKOVSKY Da, cas nastal from The Maid of Orleans
RACHMANINOFF Ne ver' mne drug, kogda v izbytke gorja Op. 14 No. 7
The Dream/Son Op. 8 No. 5
O, ne grusti/Oh, do not grieve Op. 14 No. 8
Vesennije vodi/Spring waters Op. 14 No. 11
ALBÉNIZ Tango in D, Op. 165, No. 2 (piano solo)
MASCAGNI Voi lo sapete, o mamma from Cavalleria Rusticana