Last week I posted several music videos of Eileen Farrell, a crossover artists par-excellence from the past. And earlier this week my good friend David over at I’ll Think of Something Later posted several videos of Anita Rachvelishvili, the Georgian mezzo-soprano, who is well on her way to becoming one of today’s major opera stars. And if today’s MM is any indication a major crossover artist as well. They do say that Gershwin is a test of any singer and frankly in my mind she passes the test. And the work of pianist/conductor Nikoloz Rachveli and his crew is pretty damn fine on this and her other jazz recordings.
She first came to notice and notoriety in 2009 when as a 25 year old she opened the season at La Scala as Carmen along with tenor-heart throb Jonas Kaufmann in a controversial production by Emma Dante. I had thought of heading up to Milan but decided I really didn’t need to see another Carmen. More fool me – by the time I decided that maybe I should see what the buzz was about there wasn’t a ticket to be had! I had missed my chance to see two superstars of today’s opera world.
As David note she is a dramatic mezzo in the great tradition but rather than show the fireworks that she is capable of – and anyone who heard or saw her Amneris in Aida or the Princess in Adriana Lecouveur from the Met can tell you she has all the power and brilliance of a Roman Candle – I’d post a video that shows her in a more lyrical light. From a Bastille Day Concert in Paris she sing an aria from Sappho, a Gounod rarity.
Should I ever get another chance to see her on stage – and I never say never – I won’t be passing it up again.
February 27 is Anosmia Awareness Day.