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Ketevan Kemoklidze


In high demand among the major theaters of the world for her extraordinary vocal and stage skills, mezzo-soprano Ketevan Kemoklidze was born in Tbilisi (Georgia), where she received the Master Degree at the Tbilisi State Conservatory. Having been awarded the Special Prize of Teatro alla Scala at H.G. Belvedere competition, she was admitted in the Teatro alla Scala Academy in 2005, without an entrance exam.


She is winner of prestigious international voice competitions, including the Placido Domingo’s Operalia, the Concourse International de Chant de la Ville de Toulouse, the F. Viñas Competition of Barcelona, the H.G. Belvedere International Competition in Vienna, the E. Obraztsova International Vocal Competition in Saint-Petersburg and the Georgian Competitions.


In 2002, still a student of the Conservatory, she made her debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto, Emilia in Otello and in the title role in Amadigi, distinguishing herself by fine singing and promising quality. Subsequently, she performs as a charming Rosina at many of the world's major opera houses including: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Opéra National in Montpellier, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Opéra Municipal de Marseille and at Washington National Opera, where was invited by Maestro Domingo, after winning his competition. Also by his invitation she made her successful role and house debut as Cenerentola at the Los Angeles Opera. In 2010 she made her successful Royal Opera House debut as Stephano in Romeo et Juliette. The Special Prize of Gran Teatre del Liceu won at the Belvedere Competition is followed by her appreciated debut al Liceu in Otello in 2006, and then in Linda di Chamounix and Faust in 2011. She then returns to Spain with Le nozze di Figaro and L'arbore di Diana on the stage of  the Teatro Real, Madrid. Kemoklidze is a frequent and welcomed guest of Italian theaters: she performed at Teatro alla Scala in different operas as Cosi fan tutte, Rigoletto, Ascanio in Alba, Salome, Manon, Il barbiere di Siviglia and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. She sang Stephano in Romeo et Juliette at Arena di Verona and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. She was invited by Pier Luigi Pizzi in Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella) and in Faust (Siebel) at Sferisterio Festival in Macerata.  She also starred in Cosi fan tutte at Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, and in Thais at Teatro Regio Torino. Guest appearances include Fenena in Nabucco at Oper Graz, and Pricess Calrice in Love for the three oranges. With her breathtaking Cherubino she conquered the public of Teatro Municipal de Santiago and Opera de Monte Carlo. She performed Innes in Maria Padilla at the most famous Irish Festival, in Wexford. She made her Greek debut as a Giulio Cesare at Megaron in Thessaloniki.


Kemoklidze made her outstanding film debut as Adriana Ferrarese (Donna Elvira) in the famous Spanish film director Carlos Saura’s film Io Don Giovanni, winner of a special prize at various International Film Festivals.



From her frequent concert activities it’s worth mentioning: Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky on Tour with St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the lead of M°. Yuri Temirkanov at Donastia San-Sebastian Music Festival, and at Annecy Classic Festival, at Sagra Musicale Malatestiana, at International Music Festival “MITO”.  Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with "I Solisti Veneti" at Basilica di San Marco in Venice; the concert “Placido Domingo and his Georgian friends” in Batumi; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Vivaldi's Magnificant  at the inauguration of Veneto International Festival with “I Solisti Veneti"; Il Dolore di Maria Virgine with "I Virtuosi delle Muse" at Teatro Campos in Bilbao; Mozart’s Requiem at Teatro Regio, Turin; Mahler's KindertotenLieder at Menhir Music Festival, the 1st International Music Festival “MITO” and The International Music Festival “Settimane Musicali di Stresa”.  The recital at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and Wexford Festival; the Mozartfest 2006 in Mannheim; Stravinsky’s Pulcinella at Teatro alla Scala and at 43rd International Festival of A. B. Michelangeli in Brescia. Variuos concerts at Teatro alla Scala, Theatre of Basel, Oper Leipzig, Tbilisi State Opera. She often appears in charity concerts AIDS-Gala at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rein, etc…The first performance in Georgia of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratory. A successful appearance in Beethoven’s IX Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and Messa-Brevis at International Festival “Autumn Tbilisi”.


Ketevan Kemoklidze’s discography includes: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Romeo et Juliette, Aids-Gala Berlin, Thais, Otello, A Midsummer's night dream and Salome.


During 2000-2005 she received the scholarship of the President of Georgia.


In 2005 she received her Master’s Degree in International Economic Relations.



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July 2013

Ketevan Kemoklidze