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27.06.2024

“George Gagnidze is outstanding as Shaklovity” in Berlin

Reviews are brilliant for the new production of Khovanshchina and George Gagnidze’s Shaklovity at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden:

“George Gagnidze is outstanding as Shaklovity… .”
Hugo Shirley, Opera Now

“George Gagnidze was also fantastic as Shaklovity, with an incisive timbre and really sibylline accents in his work with the text.”
Alejandro Martinez, Platea Magazine

… a vocally and scenically imposing Shaklovity.”
Luis Gago, El País

“The singing is uniformly superb. The two warring basses (Mika Kares as Prince Iwan Chowansky and Taras Shtonda as high priest Dossifei) and their baritone rival Bojar Schaklowity (George Gagnidze) are all formidable… .“
Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times

“In the colors of villainy, George Gagnidze shows no restraint as Shaklovity.”
Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“… the audience hanging spellbound on the lips of the consistently fabulous singers for three hours. At the end, it rises to an ovation.”
Eleonore Büning, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“Of a high level was also George Gagnidze’s Boyar Shakovity by virtue of his robustness, generous vocal presence, and clever accents, with which he impeccably characterized such a sinuous and devious character.”
Raúl Chamorro Mena, Codalario

“George Gagnidze’s Shakovlity shone on each of his appearances, not only his moving account of Russia’s troubled history.”
Mark Berry, Seen and Heard International

“… a moving George Gagnidze… .”
Bojan Budisaljevic, Neue Musikzeitung

“In Mika Kares, Taras Shtonda and George Gagnidze the production boasted three commanding basses, each highly distinctive in tone but all able to convey the full dramatic force of their respective characters.
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As Shaklovity, George Gagnidze had a lighter tone than Mr Shtonda and a more agitated manner than Mr Kares, but was nonetheless responsible for the evening’s most moving scene, a heartfelt monologue at the centre of the third act lamenting the recurring misfortunes and sufferings of a nation and its people.”
Jesse Simon, Mundo Clásico

“…and George Gagnidze’s Shaklovity, whose baritone was just as steady and reliable.”
Elena Luporini, Bachtrack

“Baritone George Gagnidze portrays the role of the Boyar Shaklovity with a self-confident, imposing presence.”
Zenaida des Aubris, Operawire & O-Ton

“… fascinatingly intriguing: George Gagnidze… .“
Berthold Seliger, Neues Deutschland

“… George Gagnidze as Boyar Shaklovity portrays a vivid villain… .”
Heike Franke, Opera Versum

“But Mika Kares as the power-hungry Prince Ivan Khovansky, George Gagnidze as Boyar Shaklovity, Najmiddin Mavlyanov as Andrei Khovansky, Andrei Popov as the Scribe and Evelin Novak as Emma also gave dramatically vivid and vocally outstanding performances.”
Dr. Ingobert Waltenberger, Online Merker

“… the large cast of singers includes a hand-picked ensemble of protagonists. … Taras Shtonda as Dossifei, and George Gagnidze as Boyar Shaklovity also have class.”
Dieter David Scholz, Opernfreund

“Taras Shtonda as Dossifei, George Gagnidze as Boyar Shaklovity, and a number of other smaller roles, all of which are well cast, complete an ensemble that appears extremely cohesive and leaves a very coherent overall impression.”
Peter Sommeregger, Klassik Begeistert

“I hadn’t heard George Gagnidze in a while and was surprised to find him here as Shaklovity. Actually, as I have always heard him in Verdi roles, this is the first time I hear him in a language other than Italian. … nobody will deny the impact of his voice in some very exciting climactic high notes.”
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Review

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01.05.2024

George Gagnidze a Macbeth of “round, harmonically rich vocality” in Bologna

“With Verdi, the Georgian baritone gets along fully: Rigoletto, Nabucco, Miller, Simone are also among his signature roles. He takes on the multifaceted figure of the usurping monarch with a round, harmonically rich vocality, naturally wide-ranged and generous -- at times even almost overflowing -- but well controlled…” Gilberto Mion, Teatro about George Gagnidze's portrayal of Macbeth at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, April 2024.

Interview

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12.04.2024

Interview with GBOpera

George Gagnidze was interviewed by GBOpera. Among the many topics he spoke with Giorgio Bagnoli are his return to Italy, his debut at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, and the role he is singing there, Verdi's Macbeth.

Review

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28.02.2024

George Gagnidze “delivers a magnificent Scarpia” in Las Palmas

George Gagnidze just brought his celebrated portrayal of Scarpia in Tosca to the Las Palmas Opera in Gran Canaria. Here below you will find a couple of reviews:

Review

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20.01.2024

“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:

Interview

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06.01.2024

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.