Anita Rachvelishvili’s career was launched in a spectacular overnight coup de théâtre in 2009 when Daniel Barenboim chose her to open the La Scala season in a much-publicized new production of Carmen with Jonas Kaufmann as Don José. This performance marked her debut in the role and was televised all over the world. She has since debuted this signature role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, State Opera in Berlin, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Regio in Turin, Canadian Opera Company, and Arena di Verona. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Ms. Rachvelishvili’s debut solo album was released in 2018 to great critical acclaim, and she was featured in a 2019 New York Times article titled “A Young Singer Takes the Opera World by Storm.”
Rachvelishvili began the current season reprising the role of Amneris at the Metropolitan Opera, where she subsequently appeared as Dalila in Samson et Dalila and as Princess de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur. She also debuted in Monte-Carlo as Dalila and returned to the Paris Opera as Carmen. Additional performances on the concert platform include a solo program with sir Antony Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a concert tour of Germany with Jonas Kaufmann. The mezzo will close out the season at the Salzburg Festival singing Adriana and Verdi’s Requiem under Riccardo Muti.
Rachvelishvili will make a number of debuts in the 2019/20 season, including her debut as Princess Eboli in Don Carlo in Paris, her debut as Charlotte in Werther in Athens, and her first appearance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Carmen. She will also return to Paris as Konchakovna in Prince Igor, to the Staatsoper Berlin as Carmen, and to the Vienna State Opera as Dalila and Azucena in Il Trovatore. Rachvelishvili will also reprise the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and in concert with the Chicago Symphony.
In the 2017/18 season, Rachvelishvili returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Azucena in Il Trovatore, a role which she subsequently performed at the Paris Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin. She was recently heard as Carmen in Munich and for her debut at the Semperoper Dresden. Rachvelishvili sang her first performances of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Amneris in Aida, a role which also she sang with the Teatro Regio in Torino on tour to Oman and with the London Symphony at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. On the concert platform, she appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in Mussorgsky’s Song and Dances of Death.
Rachvelishvili’s engagements for the 2016/17 season included Dalila in Samson et Dalila at the Paris Opera, Azucena in Il Trovatore at Covent Garden, Amneris in Aida at Choregies d’Orange in France, and the title role in Carmen at the Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Engagements for the 2015/16 season included Carmen at Covent Garden and the Canadian Opera Company, Verdi’s Requiem at the Teatro alla Scala, Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina at the Dutch National Opera, Amneris in Aida at the Paris Opera, concerts with the RAI Orchestra in Torino, and her first solo recital at Carnegie Hall with pianist David Aladashvili, with whom she also appeared in recital at the Festival of Peralada.
Rachvelishvili’s 2014/15 season began with a return to the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Carmen. She sang the role again at the Teatro alla Scala, where she also appeared for a new production of Aida, conducted by Zubin Mehta. She sang the role of Amneris in Aida at the Rome Opera, gave a critically acclaimed recital at the Mariinsky Theatre, and performed the Verdi Requiem with Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival. In the 2013/14 season, Rachvelishvili sang the role of Konschakowna in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Borodin’s Prince Igor, marking the company’s first staging of the work since 1917. Rachvelishvili also made her debut at the Rome Opera as Carmen and returned to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in the same role. She sang Carmen at the State Opera in Berlin, Covent Garden and the Arena di Verona, where she also appeared as Amneris in Aida.
Rachvelishvili made her Netherlands debut when she sang her first Dalila in a concert performance of Samson et Dalila at the Concertgebouw. She has also been heard as Dulcinée in Massenet’s Don Quichotte at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. In the fall of 2011, Anita Rachvelishvili debuted at Carnegie Hall alongside Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann as the Principessa di Bouillon in a concert rendition of Adriana Lecouvreur. Other roles in her repertoire have also included Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri at Teatro alla Scala and the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Festival de Peralada. Ms. Rachvelishvili also made an appearance at the State Opera in Berlin as Lyubasha in the new production of Rimsky Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, staged by Dmitry Cherniakov and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Anita Rachvelishvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She first studied piano at the Mukhran Machavariani School, eventually focusing her studies on singing at the Vano-Sarajishvili Conservatory with Manana Egadze. She received a stipend from the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and shortly thereafter won the Paata Burchuladze Prize. While still a student at the conservatory, she debuted at the Opera in Tblisi as Maddalena in Rigoletto and as Olga in Eugen Onegin, subsequently joining the ensemble of the theater. In 2007, she was invited to join the Accademia at the Teatro alla Scalla. It was there that she came to the attention of Daniel Barenboim, who invited her to star in the new production of Carmen to open the 2009/10 season at Teatro alla Scala. Several of Ms. Rachvelishvili’s performances have appeared on DVD under the Deutsche Grammophon label.