Every year Elīna Garanča and Karel Mark Chichon invite the greatest talents of the world of opera to sing with them as their guests at the open air concerts. For some of these guests, such as Valentina Nafonita, Bryan Hymel, Angel Joy Blue or Joyce El-Khoury these guest appearances were followed by formative steps in their singing careers. During „Classic under Stars“ the audience experiences in addition to the extraordinary voice and star presence of Elīna Garanča herself , formative moments in the career paths of rising opera stars.

2018: A musical guest from Italy

Apart from the programme focus, Elīna Garanča and Karel Mark Chichon are, furthermore, revealing the name of the first musical guest: One of the leading dramatic soprano singers of our time, who especially shines in the Italian discipline, the Neapolitan Anna Pirozzi, will make a decisive contribution to the success of the Verismo programme. Anna Pirozzi, who has been heard mainly in Italy for a long time and is now active at many international opera houses, made her debut in 2013 as Abigaille in Nabucco at the Salzburg Festival and in 2016 as Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House London. There she will also be in Cavallerina Rusticana as Santuzza next season. In spring she sings the title role in Aida at the Teatro Real Madrid.