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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"Andrea Chénier" in Berlin
"Gagnidze was compelling ... his big, rich voice flowed throughout the house" (The San Francisco Examiner), "a powerhouse Gérard; singing with unflagging energy" (The Mercury News), "memorably powerful" (The Bay Area Reporter) - these are just a few of the many rave reviews for George Gagnidze's role debut as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier at the San Francisco Opera last September. Now he will bring the same role in four performances to the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Don't miss it! More information and the exact dates: http://bit.ly/2pBKywE
Gala concert with Barbara Frittoli and Constantine Orbelian
On April 28, 2017 George Gagnidze will take part in an operatic gala concert with soprano Barbara Frittoli and conductor Constantine On April 28, 2017 George Gagnidze will take part in an operatic gala concert with soprano Barbara Frittoli and conductor Constantine Orbelian who will lead the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. The concert will take place within the First International Yerevan Opera Festival at the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.
Amonasro in "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera
In March and April 2017 George Gagnidze will return to the Metropolitan Opera New York as Amonasro in Sonja Frisell's production of Aida conducted by Daniele Rustioni. Krassimira Stoyanova / Latonia Moore (Aida), Violeta Urmana (Amneris), Jorge de León / Riccardo Massi (Radamès), James Morris (Ramfis) and Soloman Howard / Morris Robinson (Il Re) will sing the other roles. George Gagnidze returns to the role of Amonasro after having sung two runs of Aida at the Met in the 2012/13 and the 2014/15 season.
Amonasro in "Aida" in Tbilisi with a stellar cast of Georgian singers
On March 4, 2017 George Gagnidze will sing Amonasro in Franco Zeffirelli's famous staging of Aida conducted by Maestro Daniel Oren at the Georgian National Opera Theater, Tbilisi alongside a stellar cast of Georgian singers: Iano Tamar, Anita Rachvelishvili, George Oniani, George Andguladze & Ramas Chikviladze.
Later in March and in April George will sing the same role in seven performances at the Metropolitan Opera New York.
Amonasro in "Aida" at the San Francisco Opera
Following his huge success in his San Francisco Opera debut as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier ("Gagnidze was compelling in an ultimately sympathetic role, and his big, rich voice flowed throughout the house..." San Francisco Examiner), George Gagnidze will be back in San Francisco as Amonasro in Aida in November and December. Francesca Zambello's new production of Verdi's masterpiece will be conducted by Nicola Luisotti / Jordi Bernàcer. The rest of the cast features Leah Crocetto, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Brian Jadge, Raymond Aceto and Anthony Reed.
Interview with The Huffington Post
"When I was around fourteen, my inspiration was Pavarotti - watching him on TV on Live from the Metropolitan, doing roles such as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. I loved his aria, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. Folk music and popular dance music were normal to me. But opera was a whole other world."
Prior to his debut as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier and at the San Francisco Opera, George Gagnidze had a chat with Sean Martinfield. Read the Huffington Post feature by clicking here!
Debut in "Andrea Chénier" and at the San Francisco Opera
On September 9, 2016 George Gagnidze will make his long awaited role debut as Carlo Gérard in the season opening premiere of Andrea Chénier. This will also be his house debut at the San Francisco Opera. The other singers of the principal roles are Anna Pirozzi (Maddalena) and Yonghoon Lee (Andrea Chénier). Nicola Luisotti will conduct. The staging is by David McVicar. Further performances on September 14, 17, 22, 25 & 30, 2016.
Interview Opéra Magazine
"Jusqu’au 12 juillet, le baryton géorgien triomphe dans la reprise d’Aida à l’Opéra National de Paris, un théâtre où il s’est déjà produit dans Francesca da Rimini et Tosca. Prochaine prise de rôle : Carlo Gérard dans Andrea Chénier, à San Francisco, en septembre."
George Gagnidze had a chat with the French Opéra Magazine and spoke about the importance of Verdi in his repertoire, planned new roles, the great conductors he has worked with and much more. Click here to read the PDF file of the interview!
Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
George Gagnidze is back at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for two performances in his signature role Rigoletto! He will share the stage with Olga Peretyatko, Yosep Kang, Annika Schlicht, Albert Pesendorfer and Bastiaan Everink amongst others. Maestro Giampaolo Bisanti conducts, the staging is by Jan Bosse.
Interview Opera Lounge
"Spätestens seit seinem fulminanten MET-Debüt im Jahr 2009 gilt George Gagnidze als einer der gegenwärtig wichtigsten Rigolettos. Der georgische Bariton mit Wahlheimat Berlin, der packende Bühnenpräsenz und eine auffallend voluminöse, kernige und individuell timbrierte Stimme in sich vereint, ist seit Jahren auf den großen Bühnen der Welt gefragt. Nicht nur in Verdis großen Baritonpartien, sondern auch im Verismo-Repertoire... ."
Amonasro in "Aida" at the Paris Opera
Great success for George Gagnidze's Amonasro in Aida at the Paris Opera! Reviews have been enthusiastic about George's "proud and incisive voice" (Concertclassic) combined with an "animal force that no one can resist" (Forum Opéra). Performances in Paris continue until July 12, 2016.