Nino Machaidze

Opera singer

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nino Machaidze is one of today’s leading artists, having made important international debuts at such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Berlin State Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House, and the Los Angeles Opera. 

A graduate of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Machaidze first appeared at La Scala as Marie in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment in 2007. These performances, followed by her debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the same role, were what launched her international career. In the summer of 2008, Machaidze made a sensational debut at the Salzburg Festival as Juliette in its new production of Roméo et Juliette, opposite Rolando Villazon.

Nino Machaidze began the 2011/12 season with her debut at Staatsoper Hamburg as Gilda. During the course of the season, she also appeared in Hamburg in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor and as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. She returned to the Los Angeles Opera as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and then to the Metropolitan Opera to star in the revival of La fille du régiment. In January of 2012, Machaidze made her French operatic debut at Opera National de Paris in Rigoletto, a work she also performed in Las Palmas. In the summer of 2012, she appeared as Musetta in a new production of La bohème at the Salzburg Festival, where her colleagues included Anna Netrebko and Peter Beczala.

Machaidze’s engagements for the 2013/14 season included Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro Real de Madrid and Wiener Staatsoper, Donna Fiorilla at the Bavarian State Opera, Leïla in Les Pecheurs de perles at the Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Comunale di Modena, and the title role in Thaïs at the Los Angeles Opera. In the 2012/13 season, she sang her first Thaïs at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, opposite Placido Domingo. She then sang Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Juliette at the Wiener Staatsoper and Theatre Royale de La Monnaie, and Gilda with Opera di Genova.

Machaidze’s engagements for the 2015/16 season included Ines in L’Africaine at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gilda at the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Luisa in Luisa Miller at the Hamburg State Opera, Violetta in La traviata at the Arena di Verona, and her debut as Mimì at the Los Angeles Opera. In the 2014/15 season, she sang Violetta in La Traviata at the Los Angeles Opera and Hamburg State Opera, La Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims at the Dutch National Opera, Micaëla in Carmen at the Teatro alla Scala, the title role in Luisa Miller at the Hamburg State Opera, Donna Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia at the Teatro Regio di Torino, and Ninetta in La gazza ladra at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. 

Engagements for the 2016/17 season included Mimì in La Bohème at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Desdemona in Otello at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the title role of Thaïs at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, and Gilda in Rigoletto at the San Francisco Opera. She also returned to the festival in Pesaro for Le siège de Corinthe.

Other roles in Machaidze’s developing repertoire include Giulietta in I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, the title role of Massenet’s Manon, and Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride.

Recent and future engagements include Le siège de Corinthe in Pesaro, Les Pecheurs de perles in Los Angeles, Guillaume Tell in Palermo, Roméo et Juliette in Karlsruhe, Pagliacci in Geneva, Luisa Miller in Zurich, Hamburg and Salzburg, Il barbiere di Siviglia in Verona and Amsterdam, Les contes d’Hoffmann in Naples, Manon in Paris and Vienna, Die Lustige Witwe and La traviata in Naples, La bohème in Tokyo, La sonnambula in Liège, La traviata in Seville and Faust in Beijing.