Return to the MET for Tosca
In March and April 2020, George Gagnidze will return to the Metropolitan Opera as Scarpia in Tosca. In the role of the villainous Roman chief of police, George starred in the 2009 premiere of Luc Bondy's previous staging at the Met, where he sang the part 25 times. He now returns in the Met's new production by David McVicar, which had its premiere in the 2017/18 season. Anna Netrebko and Jennifer Rowley will sing the title role, Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Brian Jagde that of Cavaradossi. Bertrand de Billy will conduct.
Scarpia in Tosca at the Teatro San Carlo
On January 23, 2020, George Gagnidze will return to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples after his acclaimed house debut there earlier in July. In Edoardo De Angelis's new production of Tosca, he will perform his signature role Scarpia under the baton of Donato Renzetti and alongside Monica Zanettin and Arsen Soghomonyan. There will be two more shows on January 25 and 29, 2020.
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06 Jan 2020
Debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
On January 6, George Gagnidze makes his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in one of his most acclaimed roles, as Giorgio Germont in La traviata. Last season, the Georgian star baritone appeared in the part in much lauded performances at the Opéra Bastille of Paris. He has also sung it at the Teatro alla Scala and the Arena di Verona. In London, George Gagnidze appears under the baton of Daniel Oren and in the 1994 Richard Eyre staging. Dinara Alieva sings Violetta, Liparit Avetisyan Alfredo.
26 Oct 2019
Debut at Washington National Opera
On October 26, 2019, George Gagnidze will make his debut at the Washington National Opera as Iago in Otello, in a David Alden production under the music direction of Maestro Daniele Callegari. The cast will also include Russell Thomas in the title role and Leah Crocetto as Desdemona. Earlier this year, George Gagnidze has performed Iago at the Opéra de Paris and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. There will be additional performances in Washington on October 30 and November 3, 8, 11, 16, 2019.
29 Sep 2019
Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin
On September 29 and October 2, 2019, George Gagnidze will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin to star in the title role of Nabucco in a Keith Warner staging alongside Maria Guleghina as Abigaille, John Relyea as Zaccaria, Annika Schlicht as Fenena and Robert Watson as Ismaele. Carlo Montanaro will conduct. George Gagnidze has sung the role of Nabucco on prestigious stages including the Arena di Verona, where he performed it in a new production two years ago (available on DVD/Blu-Ray).
02 Aug 2019
"Cavalleria rusticana" in Matera
On August 2 and 3, 2019, George Gagnidze will sing Alfio in a special open-air production of Cavalleria rusticana at the Sassi di Matera. The performances will be part of Matera's European Capital of Culture festivities and live telecast by ARD, ARTE, RAI and SRI on August 3 at 9pm Central European Time. The staging will be by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Juraj Valčuha will conduct the Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo. [Ph. L.Romano]
06 Jul 2019
Debut at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples
On July 6, 2019 George Gagnidze will make his house debut at the prestigious Teatro San Carlo in Naples, singing Alfio in Pippo Delbono's staging of Cavalleria rusticana conducted by Juraj Valčuha. Violeta Urmana / Veronica Simeoni will sing Santuzza, Marcelo Álvarez / Roberto Aronica Turiddu, Elena Zilio Mamma Lucia and Leyla Martinucci Lola. There will be five performances on July 6, 9, 11, 13 and 14.
08 Jun 2019
Iago at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
On June 8, 2019 George Gagnidze will return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Iago in Otello, in a production directed by Andreas Kriegenburg with Paolo Arrivabeni conducting. There will be two further performances, on June 14 and June 20. The cast will also include Russell Thomas in the title role, Guanqun Yu as Desdemona, and Attilio Glaser as Cassio, among others. George Gagnidze just performed Iago at the Opéra de Paris and will sing it later this year for his house debut at the Washington National Opera.
26 Apr 2019
100th Performance as Rigoletto on May 4th at the Met
On April 26, 2019 George Gagnidze will return to the Metropolitan Opera as Rigoletto in Michael Mayer's production. Nicola Luisotti will conduct. There will be four additional performances, running through May 10. The third of these, on May 4, 2019, will mark Gagnidze's 100th performance of the role. The cast for this Rigoletto will also feature Matthew Polenzani/Stephen Costello, Rosa Feola, Ramona Zaharia, and Dimitry Ivashchenko.
14 Apr 2019
Scarpia in "Tosca" in Tbilisi
On April 14, 2019 George Gagnidze will sing Scarpia in a one-off performance of Tosca at the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre. Nana Kavtarashvili will sing the title role and Valeriano Gamghebeli that of Cavaradossi. Gianluca Martinenghi will conduct, the staging is by Giancarlo del Monaco. George Gagnidze has sung Scarpia to great acclaim in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera; at the Paris Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2020 he will reprise it at the Met.
07 Mar 2019
Iago in "Otello" at Opéra National de Paris
On March 7, 2019 George Gagnidze will return to the Opéra National de Paris as Iago in Verdi's "Otello," joined by Roberto Alagna in the title role, and Aleksandra Kurzak as Desdemona. Bertrand de Billy will conduct, and the staging will be by Andre Șerban. Further performances will be on 10, 13, 16, 20, 23, 26 and 29 March 2019, and 01, 04, 07 and April 2019.
17 Jan 2019
Double debut at the Royal Opera House of Muscat
On January 17 and 19, 2019 George Gagnidze will sing his first Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, making his debut at the Royal Opera House of Muscat in Oman. This will be George's second new Puccini role following his acclaimed Michele in Il tabarro at the Metropolitan Opera in November and December. In Oman George will share the stage with Maria José Siri as Cio-Cio-San, Roberto Aronica as Pinkerton and Veronica Simeoni as Suzuki. Marco Armiliato will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao and the Coro Intermezzo, the staging will be by Joan Antón Rechi.
23 Nov 2018
Debut as Michele in "Il tabarro"
On November 23 George Gagnidze will make his role debut as Michele in Il tabarro in the season premiere of the centennial production of Puccini's Il trittico at the Metropolitan Opera New York. Amber Wagner will sing Giorgetta and Marcelo Álvarez Luigi in Jack O’Brien’s staging conducted by Bertrand de Billy. The performance on December 8 will mark George's 100th MET performance since his 2009 house debut in the title role of Rigoletto.
29 Sep 2018
Germont in "La traviata" at the Opéra de Paris
George Gagnidze will return to the Opéra national de Paris in an iconic Verdi baritone role, as Giorgio Germont in La traviata. The Georgian star baritone will appear in seven performances at Opéra Bastille from September 29 to October 17 and will sing with a cast which will also feature Aleksandra Kurzak in the title role and Jean‑François Borras as Alfredo Germont. Giacomo Sagripanti will conduct, the staging is by Benoît Jacquot.
15 Jul 2018
Debut with the LA Philharmonic as Iago in "Otello"
On July 15, 2018 George Gagnidze will make his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, singing Iago in a one-off concert performance of Verdi's Otello at the Hollywood Bowl. George Gagnidze returns to Los Angeles after his past triumphs in the title role of Rigoletto and as Tonio in Pagliacci at the Los Angeles Opera. He made his role debut as Iago in Otello at the Staatsoper Hamburg in 2013, reprising the part at the Greek National Opera of Athens. In the 2018/19 season he is scheduled to perform it in Paris and Berlin.
28 Jun 2018
Role debut as Barnaba in "La Gioconda" in Berlin
On June 28, 2018 George Gagnidze will make his role debut as Barnaba in Amilcare Ponchielli's La Gioconda in a historical Filippo Sanjust staging conducted by Pinchas Steinberg. The other roles will be sung by Hui He (La Gioconda), Daniela Barcellona (Laura), Alfred Kim (Enzo Grimaldo), Nicolas Testé / Ievgen Orlov (Alvise Badoero) and Judit Kutasi (La Cieca). There will be four performances with the last one taking place on July 7, closing the Deutsche Oper Berlin's 2017/18 season.
10 Jun 2018
Simon Boccanegra in Tbilisi
George Gagnidze will reprise his acclaimed portrayal of Simon Boccanegra for a one-off gala performance of Verdi's masterpiece at the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Thatre on June 10, 2018. The cast includes Ramaz Chikviladze, Tamar Iveri, Otar Jorjikia, Giorgi Mchedlishvili, Giorgi Chelidze, Philipe Ghatchava and Manana Iordanishvili in the other roles. Avtandil Chkhenkeli will conduct, the staging is by Alfonso Signorini.
08 May 2018
Amonasro in "Aida" at La Scala
George Gagnidze will return to the Teatro alla Scala, where he will sing Amonasro in Aida in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary 1963 staging conducted by Daniel Oren. Krassimira Stoyanova will sing the title role, Violeta Urmana Amneris, Fabio Sartori Radames, Vitalij Kowaljow Ramfis and Carlo Colombara Il re. Performances on May 08, 12, 15, 18, 23 and 31 as well as on June 03, 2018.
07 Mar 2018
Amonasro in "Aida" at the Teatro Real Madrid
In March 2018 George Gagnidze will return to the Teatro Real to perform the role of Amonasro in Aida in a staging by Hugo de Ana conducted by Maestro Nicola Luisotti. He will sing eight performances on March 07, 10, 13, 17, 19, 21, 22 and 24. The cast will also feature Liudmyla Monastyrska / Anna Pirozzi (Aida), Violeta Urmana / Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), Gregory Kunde / Alfred Kim (Radames), Roberto Tagliavini / Rafal Siwek (Ramfis) and Soloman Howard (Il re). Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
02 Feb 2018
George Gagnidze to star at the 63rd Viennese Opera Ball
George Gagnidze is one of the opera stars performing at the 63rd Viennese Opera Ball at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City on February 2, 2018. Other singers include KS René Pape, Ildar Abdrazakov, Angela Meade and Luca Pisaroni. Maestro Marco Armiliato conducts.
08 Jan 2018
Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci in New York
In January and February 2018 George Gagnidze will be back at the Metropolitan Opera New York, where he will star in the double bill Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, singing the roles of Alfio and Tonio in David McVicar's production that he premiered in 2015. The rest of the cast will include Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna, Ekaterina Semenchuk / Eva-Maria Westbroek and Alessio Arduini. Nicola Luisotti will conduct.
22 Sep 2017
Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in Hamburg
On September 22 & 26 and on October 4, 7 & 12, 2017 George Gagnidze will be back at the Staatsoper Hamburg to sing Alfio / Tonio in the double bill Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci at the Staatsoper Hamburg.
29 Aug 2017
Cover interview with Das Opernglas
George Gagnidze is the cover star of the September 2017 issue of Das Opernglas!
26 Aug 2017
Telecast of Nabucco from Verona on ARTE
On August 26, 2017 at 9:45PM Central European Time ARTE will telecast Verdi's Nabucco live from the Arena di Verona with George Gagnidze in the title role. Don't miss it!
06 Aug 2017
UK debut in Khovanshchina at the BBC Proms
On August 6, 2017 George Gagnidze will make his UK debut, singing Shaklovity in Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina at the BBC Proms. The one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall will feature the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Tiffin Boys’ Choir, the BBC Singers and the Slovak Philharmonic Choir conducted by Semyon Bychkov.
23 Jun 2017
New production of Nabucco in Verona
George Gagnidze will open the 2017 season of the Arena di Verona in the title role of Arnaud Bernard's new production of Verdi's Nabucco conducted by Maestro Daniel Oren. The rest of the cast includes Walter Fraccaro, Stanislav Trofimov, Tatiana Melnychenko and Carmen Topciu. The premiere is on June 23 with repeat performances on June 29 and July 7.
01 Jun 2017
Cover interview with Opera Now
George Gagnidze is the cover star of Opera Now's June issue! In the interview with the British magazine he talks about his upcoming summer festival appearances - a new production of Nabucco at the Arena di Verona and his UK debut at the BBC Proms - , the roles that have defined his career and much more.
28 May 2017
One-off performance of "Tosca" at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
On May 28, 2017, George Gagnidze, who has just ended a highly acclaimed run of four performances as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, will appear in the same theater for one performance as Scarpia in Tosca conducted by Ivan Repusic. Alongside him, Maria José Siri will sing the title role and Alexandrs Antonenko that of Mario Cavaradossi.
20 May 2017
George Gagnidze to take part in the benefit gala for the Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung in Bonn
On May 20, 2017 George Gagnidze will be one of the stars appearing in the benefit gala concert of the Deutsche Aids-Stiftung in Bonn. There will be a live audio stream at 7pm on the following link: https://aids-stiftung.de/infos-%C3%BCber-die-stiftung/veranstaltungen/operngala-bonn/gala-2017
26 Apr 2016
100th Performance as Rigoletto on May 4th at the Met
From April 26 - May 10, 2019 George Gagnidze will return to the Metropolitan Opera as Rigoletto in a revival of the Michael Mayer production, to be directed by Gregory Keller. Nicola Luisotti will conduct. The third of these performances, on May 4, 2019, will mark Gagnidze's 100th performance of the role, which he has a successful history of singing at the Met. He made his triumphant house debut there as Rigoletto in 2009, and has since returned to reprise it during both the 2012/2013 and 2015/2016 seasons. The cast for this Rigoletto will also feature Matthew Polenzani/Stephen Costello as the Duke, Rosa Feola as Gilda, Ramona Zaharia as Maddalena, and Dimitry Ivashchenko as Sparafucile. Following Rigoletto, he will sing Iago in Otello at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro San di San Carlo in Naples.