Superstar Garanca to sing in Sofia

Elina Garanca

Elina Garanca, the world-renowned opera singer with unique timbre and sensuous voice, is set to perform in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia on 23 September. The beautiful mezzosoprano has been invited by the Sofia Philharmonic to give a concert under the guidance of one of the most beloved contemporary conductors - Karel Mark Chichon.

To fans of classical music, an event featuring a star of Garanca's level is a true blessing. The unforgettable mezzosoprano is coming to Bulgaria in the peak of her career. Just a few months ago, she opened the Metropolitan Opera's season with a new production of Samson et Dalila, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The exceptional technique and honesty of her performance and her beauty have paved the way for Garanca's frequent appearances on the stages of Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London, as well as participations in various galas and festivals around the globe.

In the world of opera, it is not uncommon for two artists working together to become a couple in real life, as is the case with Elina Garanca and British conductor Karel Mark Chichon. The happy pair is married, with two daughters. The artistic family is still giving concerts together, including the one in Sofia.

Elina Garanca was born to a family of musicians in Riga, Latvia. She studied at the Latvian Academy of Music, where her mother taught. She won the Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in 1999 and was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Elina quickly established herself as one of the music world's major stars through lead-role performances with prestigious opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world.

Karel Mark Chichon is currently the chief conductor and artistic director of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. Prior to that appointment, he served as the chief conductor of Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern for six years. The British conductor is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna).

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