“With George Gagnidze, the Deutsche Oper Berlin engaged one of today’s best Nabuccos. With his pleasantly coloured baritone voice of perfect symmetry, powerful in the forte passages while completely unchallenged in the mezza voce, with a glorious flow in the prayer scene he was a worthy exponent of this role.”
Ingrid Wanja, Der Opernfreund
“Georgian baritone George Gagnidze, one of today’s most sought-after exponents of the Italian Fach, had been engaged for the title role of “Nabucco”. Gagnidze made a name for himself on an international level with select roles from Verdi operas, notably Amonasro (“Aida”) and the title roles of “Simon Boccanegra” and “Rigoletto”. At this performance, Gagnidze displays a brightly timbred, but above all noble and well-disposed baritone voice with a pleasant and substantial middle register. (…)
The middle register shows voluminous and vigorous qualities… . Gagnidze convinces especially in rousing dramatic scenes, such as at the end of the second scene in “Tremin gl’insani del mio furore!”, where he elaborates the authoritative-tyrannical character of Nabucco with vocal expressiveness and creative power. (…) By way of acting, he flings himself into Keith Warner’ role concept with great dedication and theatrical habitus.
Conclusion: George Gagnidze was really worth hearing in the lead role of “Nabucco“. … he convinces in dramatic scenes requiring a large and expressive baritone voice.
Markus Guggenberger, Opern- & Konzertkritik Berlin
His performance was dramatically intelligent; one felt that each word he sang had meaning; his voice was satisfyingly robust. In Part IV, when his character returns to sanity […], his repentant pleas to God felt heartbreakingly earnest and dramatically sensitive.
Elyse Lyon, https://operawire.com
Excellent reviews for George Gagnidze's Rigoletto at the Atlanta Opera:
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:
“... 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
"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
"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