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 bel canto 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 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]

In 2005, She was among the 9 applicants accepted into La Scala Theatre Academy (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 Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos[4] and won first prize in the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Istanbul.[5]

International career

Nachaidze went on singing several roles at La Scala: Silvia in Ascanio in Alba,[6] Despina in Così fan tutte,[7] Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi,[8] Musetta in La bohème,[9] and Marie in La fille du régiment,[10] the role she also performed at her debut at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.[11] In April 2008, she made her first appearance at Teatro Carlo Felice as Amina in La sonnambula conducted by Daniel Oren.[12]

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.[13][14] After only one month's preparation, the performance turned out to be successful, therefore propelled her to international fame.[15][16] She is nicknamed "The Angelina Jolie of Opera".[17] In autumn she debuted at Teatro Regio di Parma as Gilda in Rigoletto,[18] and reprised her role in a concert performance of Juliette at the Concertgebouw replacing the ill singer.[19]

In 2009, Machaidze sang Elvira in I puritani opposite Juan Diego Flórez at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in January,[20] and Juliette at Teatro La Fenice in February.[21] She performed Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor twice at La Monnaie in Brussels and Teatro municipale Giuseppe Verdi in Salerno.[22][23] She debuted at Los Angeles Opera as Adina in L'elisir d'amore in September.[24]

2011 saw her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Gilda in January.[25] She returned there in May in the same role, replacing Diana Damrau,[26] and 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.[16] 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]



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




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  5. ^ "4th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition Winners". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
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  13. ^ "Machaidze ersetzt Netrebko bei Salzburger Festspielen" [Machaidze replaces Netrebko at the Salzburg Festival]. Der Standard (in German). 2008-03-18.
  14. ^ Taylor, James C. (2011-11-01). "Nino Machaidze is not nervous about 'Romeo and Juliet'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  15. ^ Spahn, Claus (2008-08-07). "Musiktheater: In Blitzlichtgewittern". Die Zeit (in German).
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  30. ^ Kooiman, Jordi (2011-09-13). "Machaidze zingt matige Gilda in Hamburg" [Machaidze sings moderate Gilda in Hamburg]. Place de l'Opera ( (in Dutch).
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  45. ^ Barrigós, Concha (2013-12-20). "Nino Machaidze, la "angelinajolie" de las sopranos, fascina al Real" [Nino Machaidze, the "Angelina Joile" of the sopranos, fascinats the Real]. (in Spanish). EFE.
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