Nino Machaidze

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Nino Machaidze
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Machaidze (mid) in curtain call of La fille du régiment, Metropolitan Opera, 24 December 2011
Native name
ნინო მაჩაიძე
Born (1983-03-08) 8 March 1983 (age 36)
Residence Milan, Italy
Alma mater Tbilisi State Conservatoire
Accademia del Teatro alla Scala
OccupationOpera singer (soprano)
Years active2007–present
Website Nino Machaidze on Facebook

Nino Machaidze (Georgian :ნინო მაჩაიძე; born 8 March 1983 in Tbilisi) is a Georgian operatic soprano. [1] She gained international attention after being cast as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Salzburg Festival in 2008. She is also notable for bel canto roles such as Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia , Adina in L'elisir d'amore , and Violetta in La traviata .

Georgian language Official language of Georgia

Georgian is a Kartvelian language spoken by Georgians. It is the official language of Georgia. Georgian is written in its own writing system, the Georgian script. Georgian is the literary language for all regional subgroups of Georgians, including those who speak other Kartvelian languages: Svans, Mingrelians and the Laz.

Tbilisi Capital city in Georgia

Tbilisi, in some countries also still known by its pre-1936 international designation Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang I of Iberia, since then Tbilisi served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Between 1801 and 1917, then part of the Russian Empire, Tbilisi was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy, governing both Southern and Northern Caucasus.

Georgia (country) Country in the Caucasus region

Georgia, known until 1995 as the Republic of Georgia, is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometres (26,911 sq mi), and its 2017 population is about 3.718 million. Georgia is a unitary parliamentary republic, with the government elected through a representative democracy.


Early life

Nino Machaidze was born to a Georgian language teacher mother and a economist father and raised in Tbilisi. At the age of seven she began piano and vocal lessons at a school affiliated with the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, which she later also attended. Between 2000 and 2005, she had role engagements as Zerlina in Don Giovanni , Gilda in Rigoletto , Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia , and Norina in Don Pasquale at the Georgian National Opera Theater. [2]

Tbilisi State Conservatoire

Tbilisi State Conservatoire is the State Conservatoire of Georgia, located in the capital Tbilisi.

<i>Don Giovanni</i> opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer. It was premiered by the Prague Italian opera at the National Theater, now called the Estates Theatre, on 29 October 1787. Da Ponte's libretto was billed as a dramma giocoso, a common designation of its time that denotes a mixing of serious and comic action. Mozart entered the work into his catalogue as an opera buffa. Although sometimes classified as comic, it blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.

<i>Rigoletto</i> opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851.

In 2005, She was among the 9 applicants accepted into Accademia del Teatro alla Scala after an intense competition. At the academy, she studied with Luciana Serra, Leyla Gencer, and Luigi Alva and also attended masterclasses of Renato Bruson and Mirella Freni. [3] In 2006 she debuted there as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos [4] and won first prize in the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Istanbul. [5]

La Scala Opera house in Milan, Italy

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International career

Nachaidze proceeded to perform several roles at La Scala: Silvia in Ascanio in Alba , Despina in Così fan tutte , Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi , [6] Musetta in La bohème , [7] and Marie in La fille du régiment , [8] the role she also performed at her debut at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. [9] In April 2008, she made her first appearance at Teatro Carlo Felice as Amina in La sonnambula conducted by Daniel Oren. [10]

<i>Ascanio in Alba</i> Pastoral opera in two parts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ascanio in Alba, K. 111, is a pastoral opera in two parts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Parini. It was commissioned by the Empress Maria Theresa for the wedding of her son, Archduke Ferdinand Karl, to Maria Beatrice d'Este on 15 October 1771.

<i>Così fan tutte</i> Italian language opera buffa by Mozart

Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti, K. 588, is an Italian-language opera buffa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first performed on 26 January 1790 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte who also wrote Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

<i>Gianni Schicchi</i> comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini

Gianni Schicchi is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, composed in 1917–18. The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy. The work is the third and final part of Puccini's Il trittico —three one-act operas with contrasting themes, originally written to be presented together. Although it continues to be performed with one or both of the other trittico operas, Gianni Schicchi is now more frequently staged either alone or with short operas by other composers. The aria "O mio babbino caro" is one of Puccini's best known, and one of the most popular arias in opera.

Being spotted by Jürgen Flimm as Lauretta led to her opportunity to play Juliette in the new production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette opposite Rolando Villazón at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 when Anna Netrebko dropped out due to pregnancy. [11] [12] After only one month's preparation, the performance turned out to be successful, therefore propelled her to international fame. [13] [14] She was then nicknamed "The Angelina Jolie of Opera" by the press. [15] In autumn she debuted at Teatro Regio di Parma as Gilda in Rigoletto , [16] and reprised her role as Juliette in a concert performance of the opera at the Concertgebouw, replacing the ill singer. [17]

Jürgen Flimm is a German theater and opera director, and theater manager. After establishing himself as one of the exponents of Regietheater, Flimm was called to manage renowned theaters and festivals. His operatic productions in Germany led to an international career, with operas staged in the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, England, Italy, and the United States.

<i>Roméo et Juliette</i> 1867 opera by Charles Gounod

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In 2009, Machaidze portrayed Elvira in I puritani opposite Juan Diego Flórez at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in January, [18] and Juliette at Teatro La Fenice in February. [19] She performed Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor at La Monnaie in April and subsequently at Teatro municipale Giuseppe Verdi in Salerno next month. [20] [21] She joined the cast as Donna Fiorilla in a new production of Il turco in Italia at Theater an der Wien in July. [22] In September she debuted at Los Angeles Opera as Adina in L'elisir d'amore [23] and proceeded the role at Bavarian State Opera in December. [24]

<i>I puritani</i> opera by Vincenzo Bellini

I puritani is an opera by Vincenzo Bellini. It was originally written in two acts and later changed to three acts on the advice of Gioachino Rossini, with whom the young composer had become friends. The music was set to a libretto by Count Carlo Pepoli, an Italian émigré poet whom Bellini had met at a salon run by the exile Princess Belgiojoso, which became a meeting place for many Italian revolutionaries.

Juan Diego Flórez Peruvian opera singer

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Teatro Comunale di Bologna opera house in Bologna, Italy

The Teatro Comunale di Bologna is an opera house in Bologna, Italy, and is one of the most important opera venues in Italy. Typically, it presents eight operas with six performances during its November to April season.

The year 2011 saw her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Gilda in January. [25] She stepped in to replace Diana Damrau in the same role in May, [26] and returned in December as Marie in La fille du régiment. [27] She debuted as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona in April. [28] In September, she made house debut at Hamburg State Opera singing Gilda. [29] [30] In 2012, she made debut appearance at the Paris Opera as Gilda in January. [31]

In 2014, she made her role debut as Violetta in La traviata at Los Angeles Opera in September [32] and as Luisa in Luisa Miller at Hamburg State Opera in November. [33] In 2015, she appeared as Ninetta in La gazza ladra at the Rossini Opera Festival. [34] [35]

In 2016, Nachaidze debuted as Desdemona in Rossini's Otello with John Osborn as Otello at Theater an der Wien in February [36] and as Mimì in La bohème at Los Angeles Opera in summer. [37] [38] She sang Desdemona again at her Teatro di San Carlo debut in December. [39]

In 2017, she debuted at San Francisco Opera singing her last Gilda in June [40] [41] and returned to the Rossini Opera Festival as Pamira in Le siège de Corinthe . [42]

In January 2018, Machaidze debuted as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at Teatro Massimo, where she received generally positive reviews despite the potentially controversial production by Damiano Michieletto. [43] She first appeared as the role of Nedda in Pagliacci at Grand Théâtre de Genève in March, debuted at Zürich Opera House singing Luisa Miller in April. She performed the national anthem on the parade for the centenary of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. [44]

Personal life

Machaidze has been residing in Milan, Italy since 2005. [14] She married baritone Guido Loconsolo on 26 September 2011. Their son, Alessandro, was born on 9 August 2013. [45] She enjoys swimming but not jogging. [2]

Opera roles


Machaidze has been a Sony artist since January 2011. [46]



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