Born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1983, Nino Machaidze is one of the most brilliant artists of today’s young generation of singers. A graduate of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Machaidze appeared at La Scala as Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment 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 the new production of Romeo et Juliette, opposite Rolando Villazon. She has since made important international debuts at such theaters as the Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Berliner Staatsoper, Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Opera National de Paris, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Los Angeles Opera.
Machaidze’s engagements for the 2015/16 season include Ines in L’Africaine at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gilda in Rigoletto at Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, Desdemona in Otello at Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Luise in Luisa Miller at Staatsoper Hamburg, Violetta in La traviata at Fondazione Arena di Verona, and her debut as Mimi in La boheme at Los Angeles Opera. Future engagements include Romeo et Juliette in Oman, Il viaggio a Reims at Royal Danish Opera House, Thaïs at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera, and Rossini’s Otello at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.
In the 2014/2015 season, Machaidze sang Violetta in La traviata at Los Angeles Opera and Staatsoper Hamburg, La Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims at Dutch National Opera, Micaëla in Carmen at Teatro alla Scala, the title role in Luisa Miller at Staatsoper Hamburg, Donna Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia at Teatro Regio di Torino, and Ninetta in La gazza ladra at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Engagements for the 2013/2014 season included Adina in L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Real de Madrid and Wiener Staatsoper, Donna Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia at Bayerische Staatsoper, Leïla in Les Pecheurs de perles at Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Comunale di Modena, and the title role in Thaïs at LA Opera. In the 2012/2013 season, Machaidze sang her first Thaïs at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, opposite Placido Domingo. She then sang Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia at the Gran Tetaro del Liceu, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette at Wiener Staatsoper and Theatre Royale de La Monnaie, and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera di Genova.
Nino Machaidze began the 2011/2012 season with her debut at Staatsoper Hamburg as Gilda in Rigoletto. During the course of the season, she also appeared in Hamburg as the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. She returned to the Los Angeles Opera as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette and then to the Metropolitan Opera to star in the revival of La Fille du Regiment. 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 boheme at the Salzburg Festival, where her colleagues included Anna Netrebko and Peter Beczala.
Other roles in Machaidze’s developing repertoire include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Amenaide in Tancredi, Giulietta in I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, the title role in Massenet’s Manon, and Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride.