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Mickheil Sheshaberidze

Mikheil Sheshaberidze was born in Kaspi (Georgia) and studied singing at the State Conservatory „Vano Sarajishvili“ in Tblisi until 2006. He completed his studies with different masterclasses (with Lella Cuberli among others) and enjoyed successes with renowned Italian opera competitions. He established himself quickly on the operatic stage with some of the most demanding tenor roles, such as Don José (Carmen), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Roberto in Puccini's early opera Le Villi or as Foresto in Verdi's Attila. International stages (a.o. Milan, Parma, Trieste, Split, Teatro Real in Madrid, Seoul, Lucca, Ravenna, Livorno, Bucharest, Tallin, Tblisi or Cagliari) invited him to perform Alvaro (La forza del destino), Ismaele (Nabucco), Otello (directed by Cristina Muti), Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del west) or Turridu (Cavalleria rusticana).

He enjoys a special relationship with the Arena di Verona where he gave his successful debut as Don José in 2016 and has since performed there as Cavaradossi or Pollione in Bellini's Norma. In 2019, Verona saw him as Maurizio in Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur and Radames (Aida), he sang Foresto in Cagliari und celebrated his role debut as Manrico (Il trovatore) with the Croatian National Opera in Zagreb. In 2020, he was able to debut as Pollione at Teatro San Carlo in Naples before theatres worldwide had to close down due to the Covid pandemic.

It was not in Puccini's opera that Sheshaberidze first performed Calaf in Turandot, but in Ferrucio Busoni's setting at Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, before finally singing Puccini's part at Vilnius opera house with famous director Robert Wilson, followed by another production of Turandot in Taipeh.