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12 February 2017

Anita Rachvelishvili takes the honours in Covent Garden's Il trovatore ( via bachtrack.com)

Amidst a generally good cast, one singer stood out: Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena. She does extraordinary things with her voice: pianissimi that are hushed to a whisper still penetrate the whole hall, and then shift to terrifying high notes with complete control. Her “Stride la vampa” put goosebumps on my flesh, her duets with Gregory Kunde’s Manrico were filled with urgency and drama, the sweetness of “Ai nostri monti” was heartbreaking. It’s hard to believe that Rachvelishvili’s role debut was just a couple of months ago: here is an Azucena that can hold her own in any company.

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08 November 2016

Anita Rachvelishvili, La-Scala’s Georgian Mezzo Soprano

The FINANCIAL -- Long, black curly hair, strict but at the same time very tender - a view of this beautiful Georgian lady would convince you that she is the best Bizet’s Carmen ever. Anita is the youngest opera singer to have opened a season at the La Scala Theatre.