The 20 best classical divas
Who will be the new Maria Callas? Here we rate the leading ladies. Plus watch clips and listen to an exclusive Spotify playlist
18. Elina Garanca
The mezzo to watch in the coming years, though still a mezzo, and therefore battling the difficulties of rivalling Cabell, Royal et al for big gigs and high profile recordings. But the Latvian made a huge splash in Bellini's I Capuleti at Covent Garden last month, and has the great benefit of her frequent colleague Anna Netrebko's record label, who have signed her up and are busy trying to raise her profile.