2016–17 Season: Gilda in Rigoletto
Making her San Francisco Opera debut as Gilda in Rigoletto, Nino Machaidze appeared at La Scala as Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment in 2007. It was those performances, followed by her debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the same role, that launched her international career. In the summer of 2008, Machaidze made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Juliette in the new production of Roméo et Juliette opposite Rolando Villazón. She has since made important international debuts in theaters including the Metropolitan Opera; Bavarian State Opera in Munich; Berlin State Opera; Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; Opéra National de Paris; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and at LA Opera.
In recent seasons, she has sung Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia at the Gran Tetaro del Liceu in Barcelona and Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Marie at the Vienna State Opera, the title role of Luisa Miller at Hamburg State Opera, and Violetta in La Traviata at LA Opera.