An "expressive, resonant baritone", boasting "insightful phrasing" and a "confident, imposing presence".
The New York Times
In the 2008/09 season, the dramatic baritone made his sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Rigoletto and has since then returned in more than 130 performances, singing roles such as Macbeth, Amonasro (Aida), Scarpia (Tosca), Michele (Il tabarro), Tonio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) and Shaklovity (Hovanščina).
Regularly invited by the most prestigious international opera companies, George Gagnidze kicks off his 2023/24 season starring in the title role of Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera in the Fall, followed by his house debut at the Atlanta Opera in the title role of Rigoletto. He subsequently returns to the MET for their winter run of Nabucco, including a Live in HD broadcast on January 6, 2024. Other engagements feature star turns at the Las Palmas Opera, where he portrays his "exceptionally menacing Scarpia" in Tosca (The New York Times).
In the 2022/23 season, George Gagnidze made his debut at the Dallas Opera in the title role of Rigoletto, a part he also performed at the Staatsoper Hamburg. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Scarpia and Amonasro, to the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona as Scarpia, to the Teatro San Carlo of Naples in the title role of Macbeth and to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin for his role debut as Grand-Prêtre de Dagon in Samson et Dalila.
Engagements of the 2021/22 season included Scarpia at the Metropolitan Opera and at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Amonasro at the Los Angeles Opera, Germont in La traviata at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Teatro San Carlo, the title roles of Macbeth at the Palau de les Arts Valencia and of Nabucco at the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Teatro Real of Madrid and the Tbilisi Opera House for a gala performance on the occasion of the inauguration of a Star with his name engraved in front of the theatre.
Other past highlights are Rigoletto, La traviata (Germont), Tosca and Aida at the Teatro alla Scala, Nabucco and Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, Otello (Iago), La traviata, Tosca, Francesca da Rimini and Aida at Opéra National of Paris, Simon Boccanegra (title role), Tosca and Aida at the Teatro Real Madrid, Andrea Chénier (Carlo Gérard) and Aida at the San Francisco Opera, La traviata at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Rigoletto at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Rigoletto and Pagliacci at the Los Angeles Opera, Tosca and Aida at the Staatsoper Berlin, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Otello, La Gioconda (Barnaba), Andrea Chénier and Tosca at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Luisa Miller (Miller) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Nabucco and La traviata at the Arena of Verona, Hovanščina at the BBC Proms in London and Otello at the Washington National Opera, the Greek National Opera of Athens and the Staatsoper Hamburg, where he has also sung in Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.
Born in Tbilisi and trained at the State Conservatory of his home town, George Gagnidze debuted as Renato in Un ballo in maschera in 1996 at the Paliashvili State Opera. He entered the “Concorso Voci Verdiane” in 2005 as an award-winner of the “Leyla Gencer Voice Competition” and the “Elena Obraztsova Competition”. The jury, chaired by José Carreras and Katia Ricciarelli, awarded him first prize for his outstanding vocal interpretation. After launching his international career from Germany, he was soon engaged by many of the world’s important opera houses.
In the course of his career, George Gagnidze has worked with many renowned conductors and directors, including Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Mikko Franck, James Levine, Jesús López Cobos, Fabio Luisi, Nicola Luisotti, Lorin Maazel, Michele Mariotti, Zubin Mehta, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Oren, Kirill Petrenko, Yuri Temirkanov and Juraj Valčuha; Luc Bondy, Henning Brockhaus, Liliana Cavani, Robert Carsen, Giancarlo Del Monaco, Michael Mayer, David McVicar, Peter Stein, Robert Sturua and Francesca Zambello.
In September 2021, the star baritone presented his first solo album on the Orfeo label featuring arias by Leoncavallo, Giordano, Verdi, Wagner and Mozart, which was immediately nominated for the prestigious 2022 International Classical Music Awards in the Vocal Music category. His DVD/Blu-Ray recordings include Tosca from the Metropolitan Opera, Aida from La Scala and Nabucco from the Arena of Verona.
George Gagnidze to bring Scarpia in “Tosca” to Las Palmas
On February 20, 22 and 24, George Gagnidze will bring one of his most celebrated roles to Las Palmas: Scarpia in Tosca. With more than 100 performances under his belt as the evil chief of police at venues such as the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opera, Teatro Real Madrid or Wiener Staatsoper, George Gagnidze appears in Gran Canaria under the baton of Ramón Tebar and in a staging by Daniele Piscopo. Erika Grimaldi and Piotr Beczala will share the stage with him in the other leading roles.
Cinema and radio broadcast of “Nabucco”
On January 6, 2024 at 1pm local time, the Metropolitan Opera will broadcast Nabucco starring George Gagnidze in the title role live to many cinemas and radio stations worldwide.
Atlanta Opera debut as Rigoletto
On November 4, George Gagnidze makes his Atlanta Opera debut with his signature role of Rigoletto. George reprises Tomer Zvulun's staging he performed in to great acclaim last year at the Dallas Opera ("Mr. Gagnidze is a dream singer for any opera house.“ EarRelevant), with Roberto Kalb leading the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Won Whi Choi is the Duke of Mantua, Jasmine Habersham Gilda, David Crawford Monterone, Patrick Guetti Sparafucile and Olivia Vote Maddelena. There are additional shows taking place on November 7, 10 and 12, with the November 10 performance being live video streamed on the Atlanta Opera website.
Ópera de Las Palmas Gran Canaria
Scarpia in “Tosca”
Ópera de Las Palmas Gran Canaria
Scarpia in “Tosca”
Z. Paliashvili Music School, Tbilisi
GEORGE GAGNIDZE “Cortigiani” RIGOLETTO (Atlanta 2023)
GEORGE GAGNIDZE “Dio di Giuda” NABUCCO (MET 2023)
GEORGE GAGNIDZE Act 2 duet NABUCCO (MET 2023)
“George Gagnidze excelled” as Nabucco in Live in HD from the MET
Reviews are out for the Live in HD performance of Nabucco from the Metropolitan Opera starring George Gagnidze in the title role:
Cover interview with Sinfónica
George Gagnidze is on the cover of the January issue of the Uruguayan magazine Sinfónica. In the interview, he speaks about his career, the current run of Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera and much more.
Radio interview with BBC InTune
George Gagnidze spoke with BBC Radio 3 InTune about the role of Nabucco and the upcoming Live in HD cinema broadcast all around the world. On the following link you can listen to the interview (minute 41:50):