NINO MACHAIDZE: ARIAS AND SCENES

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - COLMAN MOR­RIS­SEY

Orchestre Na­tional de France. Con­duc­tor: Daniele Gatti

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Ge­or­gian Nino Machaidze is an up-and com­ing lyric so­prano who has made her mark in the opera houses of Europe over the past few years. Arias and Scenes is a com­pen­dium of some roles she has played on stage and oth­ers of greater weight that she plans to per­form in the near fu­ture. The re­sult is some­what mixed: there is sen­si­tive and lyri­cal phras­ing and singing , though in some tracks the singing is less as­sured. This is es­pe­cially true in the higher reg­is­ter, where Machaidze can sound shrill and un­steady. She is best in the Ital­ian arias, where her vo­cal colour­ing is ef­fec­tive, but less so in the French reper­toire. Machaidze is ac­com­pa­nied in the Manon and Ham­let tracks by Atalla Ayan, a young Brazil­ian tenor who makes an im­pres­sive de­but here. sony.com

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