Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nino Machaidze is one of today’s leading sopranos. It would be difficult to list all of the prestigious opera houses where she has taken the stage, but they include the Metropolitan Opera, the state operas of Bavaria, Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna, the Theater an der Wien, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Dutch National Opera, the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Opéra National de Paris, London’s 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. She returned there in the summer of 2012 to sing Musetta in a new production of La bohème alongside Anna Netrebko and Peter Beczala. She has also worked with Plácido Domingo, singing the title role of Thaïs at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville.
Her broad repertoire includes Inès in L'Africaine, Gilda in Rigoletto, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello, the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Violetta in La traviata, La Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims, Micaëla in Carmen, Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia and Ninetta in La gazza ladra. She has also sung the roles of Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, the title role of Massenet’s Manon and Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride.
In addition, she has appeared in 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, The Merry Widow and La traviata in Naples, La bohème in Tokyo, La sonnambula in Liège, La traviata in Seville and Faust in Beijing.