Anna Kiknadze’s Carmen was a worldly, life-loving woman unaware of her impending doom. This was evidenced by the intoxicatingly enchanting timbre of her intense mezzo-soprano voice with its unique qualities. Anna Kiknadze was an absolute natural in this role.
• People’s Artist of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania
• Prize-winner at the Operalia competition (Paris, 2002)
• Prize-winner at the International Moniuszko Competition (Warsaw, 2001)
• Diploma-recipient at the IV Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (prize “For artistry and musicality”, St Petersburg, 2000)
• Diploma-recipient at the Republican Competition of Young Performers (Tbilisi, 1999)
Anna Kiknadze was born in Tbilisi. She graduated from the Tbilisi State Saradzhishvili Conservatoire in 1999. In 1997 as a fourth-year student she was invited to join the Tbilisi Paliashvili Opera House, where her repertoire included Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) and Carmen (Carmen). In 2001, she represented Georgia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a finalist. Twenty-five singers chosen from auditions throughout the world take part in the competition. Each country may forward just one singer, and just five performers take part in the final.
Soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers from 2000.
Joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2009.
Roles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include:
Laura (The Stone Guest in concert)
Fekla (The Marriage)
Olga (Eugene Onegin)
Polina, Countess (The Queen of Spades)
Ganna (May Night)
Solokha (Christmas Eve)
Dunyasha (The Tsar’s Bride)
Linetta (The Love for Three Oranges)
Clara, Duenna (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Korobochka (The Dead Souls)
Aksinia (Into the Storm in concert)
Stepmother (A Christmas Tale)
Varvara Vasilyevna (Not Love Alone in concert)
The Snow Queen (The Story of Kai and Gerda)
Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims)
Meg Page, Mrs Quickly (Falstaff)
Lola (Cavalleria rusticana)
Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)
Dalila (Samson et Dalila)
Concepción (L’Heure espagnole)
The Beautiful Dulcinée (Don Quichotte)
Madame de la Haltière (Cendrillon, in concert)
Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro)
Dorabella (Così fan tutte)
Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte)
Fricka, Erda (Das Rheingold)
Grimgerde (Die Walküre)
Flosshilde, First Norn (Götterdämmerung)
Klingsor’s Flower Maiden (Parsifal)
Spirit (Dido and Aeneas)
Dryad (Ariadne auf Naxos)
The Mother (Hansel und Gretel)
Voice of Antonia's mother (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)
Ježibaba (Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka)
Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia).
Has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to the USA, the UK, Austria, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Denmark, France and Brazil as well as performing as a guest soloist at various theatres in Sweden, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.