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Arias & Scenes / Nino Machaidze, soprano

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Thomas, Ambroise : Hamlet
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianna Schicchi
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On her second album, Arias & Scenes, acclaimed soprano Nino Machaidze looks to her future. Conducted by Maestro Daniele Gatti with the Orchestre National de France, Arias & Scenes is a nod towards the major roles that are on Machaidze's upcoming schedule. Two of those roles are Violetta (in Verdi's La traviata) and Manon (from Massenet's Manon). On Arias & Scenes she sings the lynchpin Act III duet from Manon (with young tenor Atalla Ayan) and also Violetta's great cry for freedom in "Sempre libera." Since her success as Juliette, in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, French repertoire has played a particularly crucial role in Machaidze's career. In addition to the Manon duet, she also sings the demanding mad scene from Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas, and the languorous aria "Me voilà seule dans la nuit" from Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers).

After her sensational breakthrough as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, at the 2008 Salzburg Festival, which she later played to great acclaim with the Los Angeles Opera, there has been no shortage of offers to sing other heroine roles that make full use of her beautiful voice and stage charisma. She returned to the Salzburg Festival last summer, where she met Daniele Gatti for the first time, to perform the role of Musetta in their hit production of La bohème. In late 2012 in Seville, Machaidze triumphed as the courtesan Thaïs in Massenet's opera of the same name alongside the legendary Plácido Domingo. They will reunite in these roles at the Los Angeles Opera in 2014.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Ms Machaidze has a large range and generally sings very well. She has plenty of coloratura accuracy, and she seems very cognizant of dynamic markings to give added meaning to her words. Her voice tends to develop a beat on high sustained notes, and her French pronunciation could be improved. This last is important, for she is most effective in the arias of Massenet and Bizet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012).



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: E strano! - Ah, fors'è lui - Sempre libera
  • Performers: Nino Machaidze (Soprano); Atalla Ayan
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Teneste la promessa - Addio del passato
  • Performer: Nino Machaidze (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Thomas, Ambroise : Hamlet :: A vos jeux... Écoutez ma chanson (Mad Scene)
  • Performer: Nino Machaidze (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Me voilà seule dans la nuit
  • Performer: Nino Machaidze (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Dis-moi que je suis belle
  • Performer: Nino Machaidze (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Toi! Vous... N'est-ce plus ma main
  • Performers: Nino Machaidze (Soprano); Atalla Ayan
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Quando me'n vò (Musetta's Waltz)
  • Performer: Nino Machaidze (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianna Schicchi :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Nino Machaidze (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Notes: Alfortville, France (12/03/2012-12/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918