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.
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.
Georgian mezzo-soprano, who stars in COC production, on what makes Carmen irresistible.
"Carmen, the most famous opera in the world, follows the the story of the sultry gypsy, Carmen, who seduces a naïve soldier, Don José. He in turn dumps his childhood sweetheart and ditches his military duties, only to be rebuffed by Carmen (who now has eyes for toreador Escamillo). The spurned José then seeks his murderous revenge.Carmen is being brought to life by two tremendous singers who are sharing the lead. We spoke with Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine about what it takes to become one of the most loved characters in opera." - hedoesthecity.com