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The Georgian soprano Iano Tamar graduated in singing, piano and musicology at the Tbilisi Conservatory. After winning a scholarship at the Vinas competition in Barcelona, she completed her vocal training at the Accademia d’Arte Lirica in Osimo under the guidance of the maestros Alberto Zedda, Mario Melani and Sergio Segalini. In 1992 she made her debut at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro in the title role of Semiramide conducted by Maestro Zedda and directed by Hugo De Ana. The success of this production allowed her to work at great international opera companies, such as
La Scala in which she made her debut as Alice Ford in the famous production of Verdi’s Falstaff by Strehler under the musical direction of maestro Riccardo Muti, Lina in Verdi’s Stiffelio directed by Maestro Gianandrea Gavazzeni and Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s masterpiece always conducted by maestro Riccardo Muti, Covent Garden with the Marchesa del Poggio in “Un giorno di reggino” by Giuseppe Verdi, Tosca at the Bastille, Verdi’s Macbeth, Meyer’s Medea, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Leonora in La forza del Destino by Verdi at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Staatsoper in Berlin again as Lady Macbeth, the Teatro Real in Madrid with Elettra in Mozarts Idomeneo, the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona with Norma and Cinna de “Lucio Silla” by Mozart, the San Francisco Opera with Idomeneo, Glinka’s “A Life for the Tsar” and “Un Ballo in Maschera” at the Zurich Opera. In 1997 she began a long collaboration with the Staats Oper Wien in which she will interpret Lina in Stiffelio alongside Placido Domingo, Mathilde in Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell, Elisabette de Valois in Don Carlos, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Amelia in “Un Ballo in Maschera” and Elvira from Ernani.
Because of her characteristic dramatic soprano voice of agility and natural ductility, Iano Tamar was able to cover both, bel canto roles such as Semiramide, Elena in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello,
Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda by Donizetti, but also Verdi’s heroines of Italian romanticism such as Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo, Abigaille from Nabucco, Aida and Amneris, Leonora in Trovatore and in La forza del destino.
The Georgian soprano as well interpreted various verismo roles such as Iris in the opera of the same name by Mascagni sung at the Rome Opera, or Rosa Mamai in Alfano’s Arlesiana, recorded in Freiburg.
Present in important festivals, Iano Tamar sung at the Bregenz Festspiele sang “Un Ballo in Maschera”, “Trovatore”, “Aida” in the role of Amneris and Verdi Requiem.
At the Valle d’Itria Festival she debuted two of her most represented roles in her career: Medea in Cherubini’s opera in the French version and Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth in its first edition of 1853. “Armida” by Haydn at the Schwetzingen Festival, Tosca and Macbeth at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest.
Beside her work as an artistic director of a festival in Georgia during the last years, she went on singing Tosca in Tel Aviv, Verdi Requiem in Salerno, Vespori Siciliani, Aida, Nabucco, Cavalleria Rusticana, Macbeth, Mozart Requiem, Trovatore in Bergen Opera Festival.