Khovanshchina – London 2017

Among the plotting nobles George Gagnidze’s Shaklovity stood out…”

Barry Millington, Evening Standard


“There wasn’t a weak link in the cast…George Gagnidze’s Shaklovity had all the cunning of the born survivor.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian


“… George Gadnidze a forceful Shaklovity in his rousing paean to his homeland Russia.”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times


“George Gagnidze a formidable characteriser from the start as Shaklovity, the boyar who will assure eventual control for the young regent.”

David Nice, The Arts Desk


“The strong characterisation had started with George Gagnidze’s slippery, beautifully sung performance as the Tsar-friendly Shaklovity (who took charge of the Streltsy after Prince Khovansky was bumped off)…”

Peter Reed, Classical Source


“… and it was wonderful to hear George Gagnidze – who I have previously heard in broadcasts from the Met – live. His signature roles seem to be Amonasro, Tonio, Alfio and Scarpia, but he sang Shaklovity with such malevolence that it gave me chills and his Iago must be wonderful to hear.”

Jim Pritchard, Seen and Hard International


“George Gagnidze’s bullying baritone suited the faithful boyar, Fyodor Shaklovity…”

Mark Pullinger,


“Georgian George Gagnidze was a dark-voiced Shaklovity in the Russian tradition – his prolonged lamentation for Russia in act three was exceptional.”

Colin Clarke, Opera Today

“…with other roles very well sung, notably: the boyar Shaklovity (George Gagnidze)…”

Mark Ronan, Theatre Reviews




Press review: “Gagnidze is superb” as Rigoletto in Atlanta

Excellent reviews for George Gagnidze's Rigoletto at the Atlanta Opera:




EarRelevant feature: ‘Acclaimed baritone George Gagnidze reflects on “Rigoletto” ahead of Atlanta Opera debut’

George Gagnidze was interviewed by Melinda Bargreen ahead of his Atlanta Opera debut in the title role of "Rigoletto". Check out the feature on the following link:




Nabucco – New York 2023

“... the title king’s vulnerable plea for his daughter’s life (sung nobly on Wednesday by George Gagnidze)…” “Elijah Moshinsky’s “Nabucco” production has an old-school, 1980s throwback charm, with its imposing, multiuse unit set that turns on the Met’s revolving stage, even though it arrived at the company in 2001. It harks back to a time when singers were almost solely responsible for delivering the drama, and that’s what Gagnidze did: He shaped Nabucco’s full character arc with his baritone, from the sheeny resonance and dripping venom of a boastful king to the long, stately lines of a penitent one.” Oussama Zahr, The New York Times




Aida – New York 2023

"The size and clarity of George Gagnidze’s voice made for a particularly menacing Amonasro." “George Gagnidze’s menacing Amonasro was powerfully sung.” Rick Perdian, New York Classical Review




Rigoletto – Hamburg 2023

"The cast on March 17, 2023 was top-class in the main roles. George Gagnidze in the title role as Rigoletto was completely absorbed in the characterization of this “court jester”, who is by no means funny here, but rather a person who suffers and a father who only wants to protect his daughter from the outside world and the decadent court society. With his dark, expressive heroic baritone and his powerful performance, he came pretty close to being an ideal for Rigoletto." Wolfgang Schmitt, IOCO