Profile Mzia Nioradze

Georgian mezzo-soprano Mzia Nioradze studied at the Conservatory of Tiblisi before she completed her studies at the Music Academy of Osimo in Italy. Mzia Nioradze was a finalist at the International Voice Competition
Elena Obraztsova and Rimsky-korsakov in St.Petersburg as well as at
the International Belvedere Hans Gabor Competition in Vienna.

Since 1996, Mzia Nioradze has been a guest artist at the St.Petersburg
Mariinsky Theatre, where she made her debut in the title role of
Carmen. In that Theatre she has performed all the leading Verdi roles
as well as the leading mezzo and contralto roles of the Russian repertory. She went on tour with the Mariinsky Teatre to Israel; in
2000 she took part in the new production War and Peace conducted by
Gary Bertini at Opera National de Paris Bastille.

In 2001 Mzia Nioradze made her United States debut as Konchakovna in a
new production of Prince Igor at Houston Grand Opera conducted by
Alexander Anissimov (production: Francesca Zambello), followed by Eboli
in Essen and St. Petersburg, and a debut at the San Francisco Opera
as Paransema in Arshak II, which opened the 01-02 season. She was
Jejibaba in Dvorak's Rusalka in Lyon Opera.

Mzia Nioradze made her Metropolitan Opera debut in War and Peace
singing Elena, Matriosha and Mavra Kusminichna, as was also featured
as Maddalena in Rigoletto. In San Francisco she sang the title role in
Carmen. She returned to Lyon as Marina in Boris Godunov and sang
Dalila in St.Petersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev. She was highly
praised for her performances of Azucena in Verdi's Trovatore in

In 2004-2005 Mzia Nioradze returned to the Met as Marina Mnishek,
Maddalena and Amneris. She sang Verdi's Requiem and Amneris in Tbilisi
(Georgia). In 2005 Mzia Nioradze had great success as Federica in
Verdi's Luisa Miller (Dallas Opera). She also sang Azucena in Bologna
and Modena (first performance in Italy). Recording of her Verdi's
Requiem conducted by Valery Gergiev in Amsterdam (2005) turned out to
be a successful project of the Amsterdam Television.

Mzia Nioradze sang most of the major mezzo-soprano roles, including Azucena in Il Trovatore in Toulon, Santiago de Chili and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. She also recorded this role with Roberto Alagna at the Orange Festival in 2007 and with Marcelo Alvarez in Parma in 2010. Her latest Azucena interpretations were in Avignon and the Metropolitan Opera, as recent as 2012.

This is Mzia Nioradze’s debut in Malta and at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora.

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