Nino Machaidze – Arias and Scenes

The new album from opera’s budding star proves to be a respectful effort if not a splendid showcase for her wide vocal range.

The young Georgian soprano shows great command and grace handling “Sempre Libera” amongst the two selected acts off La Traviata.

Her performance of Hamlet’s Mad Scene tapers off a bit dry in flair, but does highlight the multi-dimensional character her voice is capable of.  While Machaidze’s chops on Thaias and Manon are a tad mild and borderline lackluster, she does resiliently come back with dramatic gusto on “Quando men vo” from La Bohème and a true tour-de-force “O mio babbino caro”

Indeed on stage, Machaidze is the next big thing and without a doubt a shining star on her way to being a legitimate seat-filler.

Does this album validate that?  Not quite. It’s a testament to the potential that Machaidze possesses and a strong showing as a followup to 2011’s Romantic Arias, and while certainly enjoyable, Arias & Scenes certainly won’t be turning heads for Nino’s rising marquee.

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