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Иракли Кахидзе

Born in 1980 in Batumi (Georgia), the tenor Irakli Kakhidze joined the music
school in his birth town at the age of 17. He then started his singing
training in 2000 at the Batumi Conservatory, in Marina Jakhutashvili’s class.
He graduated in 2005.
He then joined the Opera Studio of the State Music Centre of Batumi, where he
took to the stage in works such as  Aleko  by S. Rachmaninoff (The Young
Gypsy) ;  La Traviata  by G. Verdi (Alfredo) ;  Lucia di Lammermoor  by G.
Donizetti (Edgardo) ;  Cavaleria Rusticana  by P. Mascagni (Turridu) ; as well
as different Georgian operas such as  Daïsi  by Paliashvili (Malkhaz) ;  Keto
et Koté  by Dolidzé (Koté).
Then came  Carmen  (Don José) and  les Pêcheurs de Perles  (Nadir) by G. Bizet
;  La Bohème  by G. Puccini (Rodolfo) ;  Le Nozze di Figaro  (Don Basilio) ; 
Don Giovanni  (Don Ottavio) by W.A. Mozart ;  L'Elisir d'Amore  by G.
Donizetti (Nemorino).
He was then hired as soloist at Tbilissii Opera House, where he played notable
roles such as Ismaele ( Nabuccho ) and the Messenger ( Aïda ) by G. Verdi ;
Turridu ( Cavaleria Rusticana ) by P. Mascagni ; Alfredo ( La Traviata  by G.
Verdi). Besides these, he also had main roles in several Georgian works.
Since 2010, he has benefitted from particular support from the charity group
"Tanadgoma" founded by Maestro Lalo Atanéli, which has allowed him to sing in
roles Caravadossi ( Tosca  by Puccini) and le Duc de Mantoue ( Rigoletto  by
G. Verdi). Following these performances, Lalo Atanéli invited him to sing,
with his own supervision, several scenes of  Tosca (Cavaradossi) in 2011, at
the Roustavéli Theatre in Tbilissi.
In concert, he could be seen in notable roles such as the Solo Tenor part of
Beethoven’s  Symphonie n° 9  at the Summer Festival (Batumi Opera House).
Irakli Kakhidze was awarded by Georgia Theatre Society for the best
performance of the role Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana  (2007-2008 season)
and won the Lado Atanéli Competition in 2011.
Irakli Kakhidze is a CNIPAL member for 2011/2013 seasons.
In november 2011 he perferomed in recital at the Marseille, Toulon and Avignon
Opera Houses and in december he's part of the CNIPAL spectacle "Dans le Salon
de Mr Puccini" at the Marseille and Avignon Opera Houses (Director :
Jean-Louis Pichon).
In february 2012 he sings in "Le Voyage Lyrique en Europe", Spectacle byThe
CNIPAL at the Gemenos Teater and in march he's Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor -
Donizetti) and Turridu (Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni) at the Batumi Opera
In june Irakli Kakhidze has performed in recital at the Opera National de
Lorraine (Nancy), and played Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Strauss) with the
CNIPAL at the Marseille and Avignon Opera Houses. In july he performed in
recital at the Festival Radio France et Montpellier, and in september at the
International Organ Festival of Roquevaire.
In 2012, he became Commander of Georgian Dignity Order. In last november, he
was Don Jose in Carmen (by Bizet) at the Daegu International Opera Festival
(South Korea).

In february 2013, he was finalist at the Paris Opera Awards and has performed
in recital at the Marseille, Avignon and Toulouse Opera Houses. In april, he
has performed in a recital at the Bordeaux National Opera House. In july he is
Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) at theTallinn Opera Festival
(Estonia) ; Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore (Donizetti) at the Festival Opus
Opera (Gattières) and performed in recital at the Festival Radio France et
Montpellier. In july and august 2013, he is Rodolfo in La Bohème (Puccini) at
the Bergen National Opera (Norway).