The mezzo-soprano Anna Kiknadze studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatory and was a member of the Young Singers Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, home of the Kirov Opera, for three years. In 1998 she made her début at the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre as Lola in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and went on to sing the title rôle in Bizet’s Carmen. At the Mariinsky her rôles have included Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Amneris in Verdi’s Aida. In 1999 she won a Diploma in the Republican Young Singers Competition and took the Special Prize for Artistry and Musicality in the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in St Petersburg in 2000.
She was a finalist in the 2001 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and 2002 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in Paris. She has sung Olga in Eugene Onegin at the Graz Opera, with the TROS Orchestra in Rotterdam and Utrecht and at the Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville. She has also sung Mavra in Los Angeles with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pauline in Pique Dame at the Bavarian State Opera, Olga in Eugene Onegin at the Theater St. Gallen, Marquise Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims at the Théâtre du Châtelet and Love for Three Oranges at the Madrid Teatro Real.