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30.09.2023

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

“In his house debut in the title role, George Gagnidze was a powerhouse, both physically and vocally. Vocally, he was in prime estate. The more bombastic moments were impressive, but equally so was his haunting singing in the mad scene and the other reflective passages Verdi composed for the Babylonian king.”
Rick Perdian, New York Classical Review

“What is most appealing about this revival is the consistently solid singing of the strong roster of performers in the principal roles.”
“Baritone George Gagnidze, in his Met role debut, portrayed the imperious Babylonian king of the title. Generous with power and in touch with most aspects of his character, he was most impressive in his Act 2 breakdown (“Non son più re, son dio”), the stunningly hubristic moment in which he declares himself divine, and in his Act 4 “Dio di Giuda”, where, humbled and despairing, he begs the god of Israel for forgiveness. “
Susan Stempleski, Bachtrack

“Portraying Nabucco was George Gagnidze, the Georgian baritone. My first memory of him dates to the 2007–08 season: he was Scarpia in a concert performance of Tosca (Puccini) by the New York Philharmonic. Gagnidze was smoky, virile, and explosive. He has been exploding in various Italian roles ever since. As Nabucco (a.k.a. Nebuchadnezzar), he was kingly and convincing.”
Jay Nordlinger, New Criterion

“Georgian baritone George Gagnidze as Nabucco lent credibility to a somewhat eccentric character by virtue of a voice gifted with a resonant timbre and easy high notes that allowed him to shine in “O prodi miei seguitemi”.”
Francesco Zanibellato, Operaclick

[Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera]

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.