Nino Machaidze

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Nino Machaidze
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Curtain call with Lawrence Brownlee and Ann Murray in La fille du régiment, Metropolitan Opera, 24 December 2011
Native name
ნინო მაჩაიძე
Born (1983-03-08) 8 March 1983 (age 35)
Residence Milan, Italy
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.

Georgian language official language of Georgia

Georgian is a Kartvelian language spoken by Georgians. It is the official language of Georgia.

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 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 semi-presidential republic, with the government elected through a representative democracy.


Education and early career

Nino Machaidze was born and raised in Tbilisi, in the republic of Georgia. 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 sang Norina in Don Pasquale , Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Tbilisi’s Paliashvili Theatre. In 2005, She was accepted at La Scala Theatre Academy (Accademia del Teatro alla Scala). In 2006 she debuted there as Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos and won the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Istanbul.

Tbilisi State Conservatoire

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

<i>Don Pasquale</i> opera by Gaetano Donizetti

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<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.

International career

In 2007 after singing Silvia in Ascanio in Alba , Machaidze sang Marie in La fille du régiment , the role which she later performed on her Rome Opera debut, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Musetta in La bohème at La Scala.

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

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<i>La fille du régiment</i> Opéra-comique in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti

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<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 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. [2] After only one month's preparation, the performance turned out to be successful, therefore propelled her to international fame. [3] [4]

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

Roméo et Juliette is an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris on 27 April 1867. This opera is notable for the series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song "Je veux vivre" for the soprano.

Rolando Villazón Mexican opera singer

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Salzburg Festival music festival

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In autumn 2008 Machaidze debuted at the Teatro Regio di Parma as Gilda in Rigoletto . She sang her first Elvira in I puritani opposite Juan Diego Flórez at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in January 2009 and her first Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut at La Monnaie in Brussels in April.

<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.

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

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Juan Diego Flórez Peruvian opera singer

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She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Gilda in January 2011, returned there in May as Gilda again and as Marie in La fille du régiment in December.

Metropolitan Opera opera company in Manhattan, New York City

The Metropolitan Opera is an opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager. As of 2018, the company's current music director is Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In 2014, she made her role debut as Violetta in La traviata at Los Angeles Opera in September and as the title role of Luisa Miller at Hamburg State Opera in November.

In 2016, Nachaidze debuted as Desdemona in Rossini's Otello at Theater an der Wien in February and as Mimì in La bohème under Gustavo Dudamel at Los Angeles Opera in summer. She sang Desdemona again at her Teatro di San Carlo debut in December.

She made her house debut at San Francisco Opera singing her last Gilda in June 2017 and sang her first Pamira in Le siège de Corinthe at Rossini Opera Festival.

In January 2018, she made both role and house debut by performing Mathilde in William Tell at Teatro Massimo. 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.

Personal life

Machaidze has been residing in Milan, Italy since 2005. She married baritone Guido Loconsolo in 2011.





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  1. "Georgia's Rising Star, Soprano Nino Machaidze". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  2. Taylor, James C. (2011-11-01). "Nino Machaidze is not nervous about 'Romeo and Juliet'". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  3. Die Bühne Austria-International Gesellschaft, Vienna, Wiener Bühnenverein - 2009 "Salzburgs Intendant Jürgen Flimm prophezeite sogleich, dass Nino Machaidze abgehen werde „wie eine Rakete", und unter der Salzburger Sommersonne gab die junge Sängerin fröhlich ein Interview nach dem anderen."
  4. Sam, Smith (2010-10-01). "Interview" . Retrieved 2018-01-11.