Elīna Garanča was born into a musical family in Riga. Having studied at the Latvian Academy of Music with her mother, she won the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in 1999 and was a finalist at the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
She began her career in Meiningen, before joining the ensemble at the Frankfurt Opera. Since then, she has established herself as one of the classical music world’s most sought-after and successful singers, appearing with leading opera companies and symphony orchestras.
In September 2005, Elīna Garanča became an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon, with her first solo CD Aria Cantilena released in March 2007. Her most recent album Sol y Vida was released in May 2019 to unanimous praise.
During the 2019/20 season, she appeared as Dalila in a new production of Samson et Dalila at the Berlin State Opera with Daniel Barenboim as well as returning to the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust). On the concert platform she interpreted Elgar’s Sea Pictures with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin and Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic and Lorenzo Viotti.
Recent highlights include her role debut as Kundry (Parsifal) at the Vienna State Opera, Princess Eboli (Don Carlos) at the Paris Opéra and Dalila at the Vienna State Opera and the Met, as well as a new production of La Favorite at the Bavarian State Opera, released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon, and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Met, which was broadcast to cinemas worldwide.
Elīna Garanča has received many awards including vocalist of the year 2010 from Musical America, the MIDEM Singer of the Year Award in 2007 and several Echo Klassiks.
She was named Kammersängerin of the Vienna State Opera in 2013, becoming one of the youngest recipients of the award, following over 140 performances of 18 roles since her house debut in 2003.