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13.04.2019

Rigoletto – Metropolitan Opera 2019

“As Rigoletto, George Gagnidze again demonstrated why he is in the top rank of current baritones. He captured all of the hunchback/comic’s mood swings, from his bitter humor toward Monterone to his tender duet with his daughter, to his rage at the courtiers who kidnapped her.”

Barry Bassis, TheaterScene

 

“Rounding out this trio, George Gagnidze sang wisely. As Rigoletto, he went more for grace and polish … It was well considered. The result was an elegant performance….”

Patrick Clement James, Parterre

 

“George Gagnidze was very assured in his handling of the role…the clarity of his [vocal] color, the uniqueness of its timbre, and its deep resonance give him a truly special quality.”

Carlos Ernesto Ure, La Prensa

 

“The Georgian baritone’s robust voice and skillful acting made for a compelling Rigoletto, rough and commanding yet pitiable and surprisingly relatable. He earnestly conveyed the inner bitterness of the wretched comedian as well as the vulnerability of a man fearful of losing his treasure in life – his darling daughter Gilda. As he recalls and dwells upon the curse (“la maledizione”) placed upon him by Monterone… Gagnidze reveals Rigoletto’s fearfulness and superstitious nature, highlighting the character’s awareness of the consequences of wrongdoing. In this way, the character became more than a seedy clown and overbearing father – he became relatable … The final scene was a high point of Gagnidze’s performance: … Despite the jester’s dejected spirit, his taunts, his plot to kill the Duke, Gagnidze managed to make him, in this moment, a man with whom the audience could empathize. … The baritone’s final defeated cry of the curse was haunting – in fact, it sent a chill down my spine.”

Nicole Kuchta, Opera Wire

 

“George Gagnidze was a very fine Rigoletto in every regard, with his sizeable voice evenly produced throughout the music’s vast range. Mr. Gagnidze’s “Pari siamo”, and his ensuing scene with Sparafucile were vividly sung, and then the baritone waxed sadly tender as he sang to Gilda of her late mother, and with haunting lyricism in “O veglia, o donna”, where he instructs the nurse Giovanna to guard well his beloved daughter (a task at which Giovanna fails miserably)…Having been taunted by the “courtiers” (I suppose here we should call them the “Rat Pack”), Mr. Gagnidze unleashes a powerful fury with “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata…”, and then, driven to desperation, he pleads most movingly (“Miei signori…”) as he begs for the return of his daughter. This is one of Verdi’s greatest – and most human – portraits, and it was really touching today.”

Oberon, Oberon’s Grove: My Met Score Desk

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.