Word Wednesday: Soubrette



SOUBRETTE (11 Scrabble points) – French – A soubrette is both an operatic voice type and a style of character. Soubrette voices are lighter soprano or mezzos (often sung by younger singers), while soubrette characters are attractive and saucy ladies. Think Musetta in La Boheme.

In our Belle Époque Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme follows the story of six young bohemians, surviving only on laughter and the promise of love. One of them is Musetta, a singer, who early on abandons her rich lover in order to be with her ex. While Mimi may be the La Boheme’s famous femme, Musetta adds a quirky edge and her Waltz (“Quando me’n vo’”) is one of the most famous pieces from Puccini’s opera. Check out Nino Machaidze sing Musetta’s Waltz below and make sure to see her in May, when she makes her role debut as Mimi in our production.

Can’t get enough of Nino Machaidze? Learn more below before seeing her in La Boheme.

Curtain Call: When it Comes to La Traviata, the Waiting Was the Hardest Part for Nino Machaidze – via Los Angeles magazine

Nino Machaidze discussing tackling the character of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, a role she waited years to perform because of its demanding nature.

Nino Machaidze Talks Thais – via LA Opera’s Behind-the-Curtain Podcast

In this edition of the podcast, host Brian Lauritzen is joined by soprano Nino Machaidze, who discusses singing the title role in Jules Massenet’s Thaïs. They also talk about what it’s like to share a stage with the incomparable Plácido Domingo, how she got her start in singing at the age of eight, and what it was like to sing while she was eight months pregnant.

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