Irine Ratiani

Irine Ratiani

Irine Ratiani Irine Ratiani graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Prof. Medea Amiranashvili’s class). In 1995-1998 she studied at the Academia d’arte Lirica e Corale in Città di Osimo (Italy), under Sergio Segalini, Mario Melani, Raina Kabaivanska, and others. In 1996 she studied at the Accademia Spontiniana in Maiolati Spontini and at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro (Italy) under Maestro Alberto Zedda.
In 1997 Irine Ratiani became a winner of Le Voci Verdiane in Busseto (Italy) where at the same time she was also awarded the Rosa Ponselle American Foundation prize for the best soprano in the competition. She made her debut in America with a series of concerts in Washington, Boston and Baltimore.

In 1997-1998 the young singer won The Second International Spontini Competition in Maiolati Spontini and The Fourth International Competition for Opera Singers in Rome (Italy) and was awarded the Opera – CD Classica prize as the Europe’s best new singer of the year.

In 1996-2000 Irine Ratiani took part in several seasons at the Valle d’Itria Martina Franca Festival (Italy). There, in 2000 she performed the title role in Rossini’s Othello; it has been the first precedent in 20th century, when soprano sang this part.

In the 2001-2002 season she debuted at the Rossini Opera Festival as Madame Cortese in The journey to Reims, a well-known opera by the great Maestro. Later she took part in Spoleto Two Worlds Festival and sang the role of Lady Macbeth in Giussepe Verdi’s Macbeth. In 2003-2004 she performed Aida in Verdi’s Aida at the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet theatre and participated in the Festival of Georgian Culture in Bolshoi theatre, Moscow. In 2005 Irine made her very important debut in Verdi’s Messa Da Requiem in Florence accompanied by Fiesole Orchestra and Choir. Later she successfully sang Medea (Luigi Cherubini’s Medea) at Teatro Chatelet in Paris (France) and Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore at the Dallhala Opera Festival, Sweden.

During the 2008-2009 season she performed Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater, as well as Odabella (Verdi’s Attila) and Abigaille (Verdi’s Nabucco, the concert version) afterwards.

In 2010-2011 she made her very successful debut as Leonora (Verdi’s La forza del destino) on the stage of Maribor Opera House (The Slovenian National Theatre); two years later, Irine Ratiani performed Odabella at Saaremaa Opera Days (Estonia) together with the Tbilisi State Opera troupe.

Among the notable conductors with whom Irine Ratiani has appeared in opera and concert are: Paolo Arrivabeni, Zaza Azmaiparashvili, Marco Balderi, Marco Boemi, Danielle Callegari, Riccardo Frizza, Gianluca Marciano, Roberto Molinelli, Evelino Pidò, Alberto Zedda, etc.

Has recorded: Borroni’s Messa Di Requiem, Rossini’s Othello (in the role of Othello) and Molinelli’s Montessoriana.