2016–17 Season: Gilda in Rigoletto
Making her San Francisco Opera debut as Gilda in Rigoletto, soprano Nino Machaidze appeared at Milan’s 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 summer 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; and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. A frequent performer at Los Angeles Opera, Machaidze appeared as Mimì in La Bohème last season and will return this fall as Leïla in the company’s new production of The Pearl Fishers.