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Elīna Garanča, singing recital at La Scala with Malcolm Martineau on the piano
The Latvian mezzo-soprano presents a dazzling program that spans Europe and includes musical rarities from her homeland
Organized by: Teatro alla Scala Foundation

Teatro alla Scala Foundation Presents

“ Season 2023 -24. |. Singing Recital ”
Elīna Garanča, accompanied on the piano by Malcolm Martineau, returns to the stage of Teatro alla Scala Monday March 11, 2024, protagonist of one of the six singing recitals that punctuate the current season.

Magnificent Princess of Eboli in Don Carlo last December 7th, the Latvian mezzo-soprano now presents an iridescent and highly refined programme, which, crossing countries and languages, ranges from Germany to France, from Russia to Spain; the authentic 'gem' of the evening are the melodies of Latvian composers, unknown to the Western public, true gems of this intriguing musical journey.

Starting from the German Romanticism of the Lieder of Brahms, we arrive in France Berlioz is Gounod, respectively with an aria from the dramatic legend La damnation de Faust (D'amour l'ardente flamme) and from the grand opéra La reine de Saba (Plus grand dans son obscurité), also giving space to the pearly melodies of Henri Duparc; the varied poster then offers three passionate Russian romances by Sergej Rachmaninov, to finally arrive at the engaging Spanish melodies of the zarzuelas of Rupert Chapi (1851 – 1909).

Rarities which are not given opportunities to listen to, and therefore not to be missed by all fans of the genre, are the pieces by the three Latvian composers included in the programme, Emīls Dārziņš (1875 – 1910), composer mainly of vocal music but remembered for his “Melancholic Waltz”,  Jazeps Vītols, also known as Joseph Wihtol (1863 –1948), considered the father of Latvian classical music, and Jānis Mediņš (1890 – 1966), who with his works laid the foundations of both the operatic and ballet genres in his country.


(Photocredit Elīna Garanča, Brescia & Amisano – Teatro alla Scala | Malcolm Martineau, ©KK Dundas)
Elīna Garanča, singing recital at La Scala with Malcolm Martineau on the piano


Mezzo soprano Elīna Garanča
Piano Malcolm Martineau


Johannes Brahms
Liebestreu op. 3 no. 1
Geheimnis op. 71 n. 3
O wüsst ich doch den Weg zurück op. 63 n. 8
Alte Liebe op. 72 n. 1
Von ewiger Liebe op. 43 n. 1
Hector Berlioz
from “La damnation de Faust”: D'amour l'ardente flamme
Emīls Dārziņš
Melanholiskais Valsis
Jāzeps Vītols
Sapņu tālumā / Like a distant dream
Aizver actiņas un smaidi / Close your eyes and smile
Man prātā stāv vēl klusā nakts / I still remember the quiet night
Charles Gounod
from “La reine de Saba”: Plus grand dans son obscurité
Jānis Mediņš
Ak, jūs atmiņas / O memories
Nocturno / Nocturne
Tā ietu / So I would leave
Henri Duparc
Au pays where you wage war
Sergei Rachmaninov
Kak mne bol'no / How much I suffer op. 21 no. 12
O ne grusti / O, don't cry op. 14 no. 8
Vesenniye vody / Spring waters op. 14 no. 11
Isaac Albeniz
from the Suite “España” op. 165: Tango Ruperto Chapi
from “El barquillero”: Cuando está tan hondo
from “Las hijas del Zebedeo”: Carceleras

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