Sophie Gordeladze

 

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sophie Gordeladze studied piano and voice at her hometown’s V. Sarajishvili state conservatory. By the time she turned eighteen, she had already won several national competitions; she then went on to win some ten international ones, including the Bellini, Buil-Buil, Araggall, Magda Olivero, F. Labo, Giacomotti and Tagliavini competitions.

Having attended master classes with Mirella Freni and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in 2006 and 2007, Sophie Gordeladze studied with Mrs Freni at CUBEC (Vignola, Italy) for two more years. Master classes with Grace Bumbry, Francisco Araiza, Lella Cuberli, Maria Luisa Cioni and Mariella Devia gave further impetus to her artistic development.

 

At the same time as she pursued her advanced studies, Ms Gordeladze’s career began to take off. In 2005, she debuted in Tbilisi as Norina (“Don Pasquale”, Donizetti); on the strength of her performance, she was invited to sing the soprano part in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” in 2006 and the role of Polissena in Handel’s “Radamisto” the following year.

In 2010, she debuted in Europe as Violetta Valéry in “La traviata” at the opera festival at Gars am Kamp (Austria) and reprised the role the same year in Seoul. In the years to follow, she often returned home, to Tbilisi, appearing on stage as Ismene in “Mitridate, re di Ponto” or Gilda in “Rigoletto”, to name just two of her roles.

 

The following season, at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, she sang parts such as Papagena (“The Magic Flute”, Mozart), Lauretta (“Gianni Schicchi”, Puccini), and Serafina (“Il campanello”, Donizetti). Soon afterwards, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, she made her debut as Musetta in Puccini’s “La bohème”, opening the way to her becoming one of the “Troupe des jeunes solistes en résidence”; among the parts she sang there was that of Serpina in Pergolesi’s “La serva padrona”.

 

In the years that followed, she made her celebrated debut at the Chicago Opera Theatre (as Liusia in Shostakovich’s “Moscow, Cheryomushki”), sang Gilda in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Gars am Kamp opera festival and returned to Seoul’s Busan Opera as Violetta Valéry in “La traviata” by the same composer. In 2013 came Alberto Zedda’s first invitation for Sophie Gordeladze to perform in “Il viaggio a Reims” at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the great Italian composer’s hometown.

 

The Tiroler Festspiele Erl repeatedly hosted her; it was at the grand opening of the new Winter Festival Theatre that she made her role debut as Susanna in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”. Her performances in Erl, which also included “Don Giovanni” (as Zerlina), “Così fan tutte” (Despina), “La traviata” (Violetta Valéry) and “Rigoletto” (Gilda), were met with enthusiasm from the audience and the critics alike.

 

In the 2014/15 season, she sang Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast; or, the Power of Music” in Vilnius, Beethoven’s Ninth at the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg, “Carmina Burana” in Kiel (Germany), “La traviata” in León (Mexico) and another Gilda (“Rigoletto”) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

 

Ms Gordeladze has worked with many important directors and conductors of our time, including Daniele Abbado, Volker Boehm, Diego Croveti, VJ.-M. Curti, Mike Donahue, Valerio Galli, Sascha Goetzel, Ivo Guerra, Gustav Kuhn, Florian Krumpöck, V.Machavariani, Gianluca Marciano, Rolando Panerai, Alexander Platt, Whitney Reader, Johannes Wildner, to name a few.

 

The current season saw her return to the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, this time as Abigaille in “Nabucco”, and she made her role debut as Rosalinde (“The Bat”) when the Orchestre de Lyon presented the work in concert.

 

For the near future, Sophie Gordeladze has already accepted invitations to sing the part of Zerlina (“Don Giovanni”) at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genua (Italy), the Pamina (“The Magic Flute”) at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, and Bach’s St John Passion in Lübeck, and she is extending her repertoire with role debuts as the Contessa (“Le nozze di Figaro”) and Marguerite (“Faust”) at the Konzert Theater Bern in the 2016/17 season.

 

01/2016