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 Conservatory with Maestra Manana Egadze. In 2005 she received a study grant from the President of Georgia, M. Saakashvili and in 2007 she won the Paata Burchuladze Scholarship award. She appeared at the Conservatory as Maddalena in Rigoletto
and as Olga in Eugene Onegin
. From 2006 to 2007 she was a member of the Tbilisi Opera House and in 2007 she won Second Prize in the Georgian International Voice Competition. In 2007 she was accepted as a member of the Young Artists Program of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where she appeared in supporting roles in a production of Il Trittico
, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and in Pizzetti’s L’Assassino della Cattedrale
under Donato Renzetti.. Other roles in her developing repertoire include Adalgisa in Norma
, Marina in Boris Godunov
, and Charlotte in Werther
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 leading role. Since then, she has been celebrated in the role internationally and has starred as Carmen for her North American debut with Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, her German stage debut in the same role at the Staatsoper Berlin, and for her debut in the summer 0f 2010 at the Arena di Verona opposite Marcelo Alvarez. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in January 2011 opposite Roberto Alagna and in February of the same year at the BavarIan State Opera in Munich with Jonas Kaufmann.
In the fall of 2011, Anita Rachvelishvili made her debut with the Seattle Opera as Carmen
. She subsequently made her Carnegie Hall debut as the Principessa di Bouillon in a concert performance of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur
opposite Angela Ghoerghiu and Jonas Kaufmann. She then made her San Francisco Opera debut, again in the title role of Carmen. During the winter of 2012 Rachvelishvili returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the same role. She adds Dulcinee in Massenet’s Don Quichotte
to her repertoire at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and returns to the Arena di Verona in Carmen. The artist will perform in San Juan, Puerto Rico in a Gala Concert with Jonas Kaufmann featuring excerpts from Carmen, Adriana Lecouvreur
. In the fall of 2012, she will return to the Metropolitan as Carmen. Future engagements include a new production of Rimsky Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride
at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim and Samson et Dalila
at Choregies D’Orange and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Anita Rachvelishvili returned to La Scala in October of 2010 as Carmen and is now internationally recognized as one of the finest interpreters of the role in the world.She debuted as Carmen and the Metropolitan Opera In January of 2011 opposite Roberto Alagna, at the Bavarian State Opera in February, in the role, this time partnered once again by Jonas Kaufmann, and in April of 2011 at then at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Rachvelishvili will sing her first performances of Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri
at La Scala this season. She made her Dutch debut in Amsterdam In a concert performance of Samson et Dalila at the Concertgebeouw in May 2011 and performed the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice
at the 2011 La Perelada Festival. She also sang her first performances of the Verdi Requiem
, first in Helsinki, and then in Bergen.
In 2012, she will be performing Carmen
at the Arena di Verona.