Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of the debut solo recording from young Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze on June 28, 2011. Romantic Arias includes Ms. Machaidze's personal selection of music she describes as “my world, my successes to date and my hopes for the future.”
Gounod's great lyric role of Juliette is among the highlights of the new recording. The part, in which Ms. Machaidze made her career-defining Salzburg debut in 2008, is represented by the two beautiful arias, “Ah! je veux vivre” and “Amour, ranime mon courage,” popularly known as the “Poison Aria.” Manon, a more recent addition to the singer's repertoire, is represented with the melancholy “Adieu, notre petite table.”
The recording also includes arias from two signature roles that have showcased Ms. Machaidze's outstanding talent for comedy: Marie from Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment, which she will perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera in the 2011/2 season, and Fiorilla in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, in which role the Los Angeles Times recently described her as “a magnetic comedian.” Two rarer arias included are “O luce di quest'anima” from Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix and “Dopo l'oscuro nembo” from Bellini's opera Adelson e Salvini.
Ms. Machaidze's debut recording also features two of the most challenging bel canto roles in the whole of opera: Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” and Bellini's “La sonnambula,” whose great closing scene tests every facet of a singer's ability, from the gentle, lyrical lines in the opening aria to the dazzling vocal fireworks of the closing “Ah, non giunge.”