Nino Machaidze

Nino Machaidze
Curtain Call (6766562451).jpg
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 36)
Residence Milan, Italy
Occupation Opera singer (soprano)
Years active 2007–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 roles such as Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, and Violetta in La traviata.

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 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 into La Scala Theatre Academy (Accademia del Teatro alla Scala) after a competition with 400 applicants.[2] In 2006 she debuted there as Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos and won the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Istanbul.[3]

International career

Besides Silvia in Ascanio in Alba,[4] Machaidze also sang at La Scala Despina in Così fan tutte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Musetta in La bohème, and Marie in La fille du régiment,[5] the role she also performed at her debut at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.[6] In April 2008, she made her first appearance at Teatro Carlo Felice as Amina in Patrick Mailler's staging of La sonnambula conducted by Daniel Oren.[7]

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.[8][9] After only one month's preparation, the performance turned out to be successful, therefore propelled her to international fame.[10][11] She is nicknamed "The Angelina Jolie of Opera".[12]

In autumn 2008 Machaidze debuted at Teatro Regio di Parma as Gilda in Rigoletto.[13] In 2009, she sang her first Elvira in I puritani opposite Juan Diego Flórez at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in January,[14] her first Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut at La Monnaie in Brussels in April and debuted at Los Angeles Opera as Adina in L'elisir d'amore in September.[15]

In 2011, She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Gilda in January,[16] returned there in May as Gilda again[17] and as Marie in La fille du régiment in December.[18] She debuted as Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona in April.[19] In September, she made house debut at Hamburg State Opera singing Gilda.[20][21] In 2012, she made debut appearance at the Paris Opera as Gilda in January.[22]

In 2014, she made her role debut as Violetta in La traviata at Los Angeles Opera in September[23] and as Luisa in Luisa Miller at Hamburg State Opera in November.[24] In 2015, she appeared as Ninetta in La gazza ladra at the Rossini Opera Festival.[25][26]

In 2016, Nachaidze debuted as Desdemona in Rossini's Otello with John Osborn as Otello at Theater an der Wien in February[27] and as Mimì in La bohème at Los Angeles Opera in summer.[28][29] She sang Desdemona again at her Teatro di San Carlo debut in December.[30]

In 2017, she sang her last Gilda at San Francisco Opera in June[31] and returned to the Rossini Opera Festival as Pamira in Le siège de Corinthe.[32]

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.[33][34] 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.[35]

Personal life

Machaidze has been residing in Milan, Italy since 2005.[11] She married baritone Guido Loconsolo in September 2011. Their son, Alessandro, was born in August 2013.



Machaidze has been a Sony artist since January 2011.[36]




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  2. ^ "Das ist bei mir Natur". (Interview). 2009-08-17.
  3. ^ Malasoma, Ugo (2006-06-06). "Milano - Teatro alla Scala: Ariadne auf Naxos". OperaClick (in Italian).
  4. ^ Zannella, Fulvio (2006-11-02). "Milano - Teatro alla Scala: Ascanio in Alba". OperaClick (in Italian).
  5. ^ ""Julia" Nino Machaidze gilt als neue Netrebko" ["Julia" Nino Machaidze is considered a new Netrebko]. Österreich (in German). 2008-08-04.
  6. ^ Gagua, Irakli (2012-03-05). "Nino Machaidze prominent opera singer from Georgia". Stream Press.
  7. ^ Cascini, Etta (2008-04-29). "SONNAMBULA (LA) - regia Patrick Mailler". Sipario (periodico) [it] (in Italian). Iovino, Roberto (2008-04-29). "'La sonnambula' va in scena il debutto con Oren sul podio" ['La sonnambula' is staged the debut with Oren on the podium]. la Repubblica (in Italian). "La Sonnambula risveglia il Carlo Felice" [The Sonnambula awakens the Carlo Felice]. Il Giornale (in Italian). 2008-05-01.
  8. ^ "Machaidze ersetzt Netrebko bei Salzburger Festspielen" [Machaidze replaces Netrebko at the Salzburg Festival]. Der Standard (in German). 2008-03-18.
  9. ^ Taylor, James C. (2011-11-01). "Nino Machaidze is not nervous about 'Romeo and Juliet'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  10. ^ Spahn, Claus (2008-08-07). "Musiktheater: In Blitzlichtgewittern". Die Zeit (in German).
  11. ^ a b Smith, Sam (2010-10-01). "Features: Nino Machaidze". musicOMH. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  12. ^ Spiegler, Almuth (2008-07-27). "Salzburger Festspiele: Chemische Liebe und die Angelina Jolie der Oper" [Salzburg Festival: Chemical Love and the Angelina Jolie of the Opera]. Die Presse (in German).
  13. ^ "Festival Verdi a Parma: Rigoletto, debutta Nino Machaidze". Il Corriere della Grisi (Review) (in Italian). 2008-10-17.
  14. ^ Mormile, Alessandro (2009-01-11). "Bologna - Teatro Comunale: I Puritani". OperaClick (in Italian). Franceschini, Lukas. "Bologna, Teatro Comunale: "I puritani"". GBOpera (in Italian).
  15. ^ "Los Angeles Opera's Magic Potion: Nino Machaidze in "L'Elisir d'Amore" – September 12, 2009". Opera Warhorses (Review). 2009-09-14. Moran, Rita (2009-09-18). "L.A. Opera delivers despite losing two key stars to injuries". Ventura County Star.
  16. ^ "Verdi's RIGOLETTO Returns to the Met". BroadwayWorld. 2010-09-29.
  17. ^ Hall, Susan (2011-05-04). "Verdi's Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera". Berkshire Fine Arts (Review).
  18. ^ Dobnik, Verena (2011-12-13). "American scores in role that made Pavarotti famous". Associated Press.
  19. ^ Bagnoli, Giorgio (2011-04-13). "Verona, Teatro Filarmonico: "Les pêcheurs de perles"". GBOpera (in Italian).
  20. ^ "Nino Machaidze gibt Debüt an der Staatsoper" [Nino Machaidze makes debut at the state opera]. (in German). 2011-09-01.
  21. ^ Kooiman, Jordi (2011-09-13). "Machaidze zingt matige Gilda in Hamburg" [Machaidze sings moderate Gilda in Hamburg]. Place de l'Opera ( (in Dutch).
  22. ^ Brunetto, Antoine (2012-01-27). "Rigoletto - Paris (Bastille)". (in French). Grice, Jeffrey (2012-01-27). "Paris, Opéra Bastille: "Rigoletto"". GBOpera.
  23. ^ Byrd, Craig (2014-09-11). "Curtain Call: When it Comes to La Traviata, the Waiting Was the Hardest Part for Nino Machaidze". Los Angeles. Martinez, Matthew Richard (2014-09-14). "LA Opera's Traviata sparkles, but doesn't quite shine". Bachtrack. Swed, Mark (2014-09-15). "L.A. Opera opens season with flat, clumsy 'La Traviata'". Los Angeles Times.
  24. ^ Forsthoff, Christoph (2014-11-18). "Tödliche Regie". (in German).
  25. ^ Ciccone, Domenico (13 August 2015). "Pesaro - Adriatic Arena : La Gazza Ladra". OperaClick (in Italian). Bozzi, Filippo (16 August 2015). "Rossini Opera Festival 2015: "La gazza ladra"". GBOpera (in Italian).
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  27. ^ Parker, Moore (19 February 2016). "Theater an der Wien - Otello". The Opera Critic (Review). "Tenor-Festspiele in Rossinis Otello". Bachtrack (in German). 26 February 2016.
  28. ^ "La Bohème (season 15/16)". Los Angeles Opera. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  29. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2016-05-15). "L.A. Opera delivers some Parisian déjà vu in 'La Bohème'". Los Angeles Times. Farber, Jim (2016-05-17). "Review: LA Opera embraces the return of a longtime friend, 'La Boheme'". Los Angeles Daily News. Mangan, Timothy (2016-05-23). "Enthusiasm for 'La Bohème' is apparently incurable". Orange County Register.
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  33. ^ Messina, Giovanni (2018-01-23). "Palermo, Teatro Massimo: "Guillaume Tell"". GBOpera (in Italian). Imam, James (2018-01-25). "Damiano Michieletto's controversial Guillaume Tell resurfaces in Palermo". Bachtrack. De Simone, Caterina (2018-01-26). "Palermo - Teatro Massimo: Guillaume Tell". OperaClick (in Italian). Zummo, Alessandro (2018-01-27). "Guillaume Tell". Plays To See (Review).
  34. ^ Pennisi, Giuseppe (2018-01-26). "OPERA/ Guglielmo Tell di Rossini torna a Palermo dopo 50 anni" [OPERA / Rossini's William Tell returns to Palermo after 50 years]. Il
  35. ^ "Nino Machaidze performs national anthem". First Channel (Georgian TV channel). 2018-05-26.
  36. ^ Chilvers, Alex (2011-01-14). "Sony signs Nino Machaidze". Limelight.

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