Shalva Mukeria, tenor

By Jordi Tort

Shalva Mukeria was born in Georgia and first studied the clarinet at Tiflis Conservatory before moving to Odessa, where he completed his singing studies at the local conservatory in 1998.

After a gala concert at the Teatro Regio in Parma in January 2000, Zubin Mehta selected him sing the part of Elvino in La Sonnambula alongside Mariella Devia in Florence. Other early engagements included Alfredо (La Traviata) and Rodolfo (La Boheme) at the Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, Rodolfo in Helsinki, and Elvino in Pavia, Como, Cremona, and Leipzig. In 2004 he made his US debut in a new production of La Sonnambula at Santa Fe Opera. As an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera (2005-2007), he could be heard in parts such as the Italienischer Sänger in Der Rosenkavalier and Arturo (I Puritani) .

In 2007 his La Scala debut in the role of Tonio (La fille du régiment) was followed by engagements as Duca di Mantova in Bilbao, Jesi, at the Santander Festival, and in Tokyo. In recent seasons he has appeared as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Tours, Jesi, and Treviso; Arturo (I Puritani) at La Monnaie Brussels and in Palermo, Amsterdam, and Toulon; in Rigoletto in Salerno; as well as in various concerts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at La Monnaie, and in La Coruña. Other recent engagements include Rigoletto in Tokyo and Florence; I Puritani at the Vienna State Opera and in Cagliari,Pamplona, Savonlinna, and Essen; Leicester in Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw; Corismano in Bellini’s Zaira at the Montpellier Festival; Rigoletto , La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Anna Bolena (Percy) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, at the Washington National Opera, and in Japan with the Vienna State Opera; Ernesto (Don Pasquale) at La Scala; Alfredo at the Teatro Bellini in Catania and in Shanghai; Rigoletto in Genoa; Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Verona, Venice, and Catania; Verdi concerts with the Teatro La Fenice in Japan; Les Troyens (Iopas) conducted by Antonio Pappano at La Scala; and I Puritani in Santiago, Chile, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Werther in Werther at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, La Traviata at the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Engagements in 2018 include La fille du régiment and I Puritani at Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Requiem of Verdi at Tbilisi Philharmonic Hall, Werther at Georgian State Theatre.

Shalva Mukeria is represented worldwide by FestArtist.