Nino Machaidze is one of the most brilliant sopranos of today's young generation of singers. Born in Tbilisi in Georgia in 1983 and a graduate of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Machaidze appeared at La Scala as Marie in Donizetti's La fille du régiment in 2007. It was these performances, followed by her debut at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in the same role, which 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 Roméo et Juliette opposite Rolando Villazón.
In the fall of 2008 Machaidze debuted at the Teatro Regio di Parma as Gilda in Rigoletto. She subsequently made her debut in Amsterdam in Roméo et Juliette at the Concertgebouw. She sang her first Elvira in I puritani at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in January of 2009 opposite Juan Diego Flórez, followed by her debut at the Teatro la Fenice as Juliette. In April of 2009 Machaidze sang her first Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor for her debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, later repeating the role in Salerno under Daniel Oren. This was followed by Vienna debut as Fiorilla in Rossini's Il turco in Italia at the Theater an der Wien in July of 2009.
In September of 2009 Machaidze made her North American debut at the Los Angeles Opera as Adina in L'elisir d'amore. These performances marked her debut in the role. She also made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in the new production of L'elisir d'amore in December of 2009, and this was followed in January 2010 by her Spanish stage debut at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia as Lucia. She then debuted at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona in La fille du régiment. In May of 2010 Machaidze made her debut at the Berlin State Opera as Adina, and in the summer of 2010 she returned to Salzburg for a reprise of Roméo et Juliette. She also appeared that season in gala concerts in Prague, Abu Dhabi, Aarhus, and Rio de Janeiro.
Nino Machaidze returned to La Scala in the fall of 2010 as Adina opposite the Nemorino of Rolando Villazón. She then made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Juliette and returned to Munich as Adina. In January 2011 Machaidze made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gilda in Rigoletto. Machaidze also returned to the Los Angeles Opera for Il turco in Italia. She returns to La Scala as Juliette opposite Vittorio Grigolo and also will make her debut at the Arena di Verona in the summer of 2011 in the same role. Machaidze will sing her first performances of Leila in Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona. Future projects also include her debut at the Opéra National in Paris in Rigoletto, at the Vienna State Opera as Juliette, and at the Hamburg State Opera where she will sing both Gilda and Lucia. She will return to the Teatro alla Scala in Rigoletto, to the Liceu in Barcelona in Il turco in Italia, and to Brussels in a revival of Lucia.
Nino Machaidze began her vocal studies at the age of seven and completed her vocal studies at the conservatory in Tbilisi, and appeared there at the Paliashvili Theater as Gilda, Norina in Don Pasquale and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. First Prize Winner in the Leyla Gencer Vocal Competition in Istanbul, she entered the Accademia of the Scala in 2005 and was soon on stage at the Scala in roles such as Despina in Cosí fan tutte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi under Riccardo Chailly and Musetta in La Bohème. She made her first appearances as Amina in La Sonnambula at the
Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa under
Daniel Oren in 2008.
Other roles in her developing repertoire include Amenaide in Tancredi, Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi and the title roles in, Linda di Chamounix and Lakmé.