On December 7, 2009 Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili starred in the title role of the new production of Carmen which opened the 2009/2010 season of the Teatro alla Scala. Partnered by Jonas Kaufmann as Don Jose and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, this performance was the young artist’s first of the leading role. The performance was telecast throughout Europe and afterwards it was clear that a major star had been born. She went on to make her North American debut for the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, also as Carmen, and subsequently made her German stage Debut in the same role at the Staatsoper Berlin. She made her debut at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Fenena in Nabucco, and in the summer of 2010 she debut in the Arena di Verona’s production of Carmen. She has already been invited to sing the role at the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Naples and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
She returns to La Scala for a revival of Carmen in the fall of 2010 under Gustavo Dudamel and will also sing the role on tour with the company in China and Russia. Rachvelishvili will make her debut in the Netherlands in her first performance of Dalila in Samson et Dalila at the Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam in the spring of 2011. She will also debut in Valencia as Olga in Eugene Onegin, and will sing Verdi’s Requiem in Helsinki and Bergen.
Anita Rachelisvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1984. She first studied piano at the M. Machavariani School and then voice at the V. Sarajshvili where she appeared as Maddalena in Rigoletto and as Olga in Eugene Onegin. In 2007 she was accepted as a member of the Young Artists Program of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where she appeared in a production of Il Trittico, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and in Pizzetti’s L’Assassino della Cattedrale under Donato Renzetti.