George Gagnidze

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George Gagnidze
Baritone George Gagnidze in 2018.jpg
Gagnidze in 2018
CitizenshipGeorgian, Georgia
Alma materTbilisi State Conservatory, Georgia
OccupationBaritone
Years active1996–present
Children2
Websitewww.georgegagnidze.com

George Gagnidze (Georgian: გიორგი გაგნიძე) is a Georgian operatic baritone specializing in the Italian dramatic repertoire.[1] He has performed at New York's Metropolitan Opera every season since 2008/09,[2] including playing Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Gagnidze was born in Tbilisi and trained at the State Conservatory of his hometown.[4]

He made his debut as Renato in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Paliashvili State Opera in 1996. As an award-winner of the “Leyla Gencer Voice Competition” and the “Elena Obraztsova Competition”, he entered and won the “Concorso Voci Verdiane” chaired by Katia Ricciarelli and José Carreras in 2005.[5]

International career[edit]

Following engagements in the ensembles of the opera houses of Osnabrück,[6] and Weimar[7] in 2008 Gagnidze performed the role of Scarpia in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Lorin Maazel at Avery Fisher Hall (renamed David Geffen Hall in 2015) at Lincoln Center in New York City. Anthony Tommasini praised his performance in The New York Times:[8] “The Georgian baritone George Gagnidze was an exceptionally menacing Scarpia, singing with robust, earthy power and seductive lyricism when the villain turns on the charm”.

Gagnidze made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009 in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto.[9] He performed Scarpia in Luc Bondy's new production of Tosca conducted by James Levine in 2009, including a performance that was broadcast in HD in cinemas around the world.[10] He has since returned to the Met as the protagonist of Verdi's Macbeth, Alfio in Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, Tonio in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Šakovlity in Modest Mussorgsky's Hovanščina. In 2013 he participated in another HD cinema broadcast of Tosca at the Met.[11]

Other opera companies where Gagnidze has performed lead roles include the Teatro alla Scala in Milan,[12] the Opéra National de Paris,[13] the Vienna State Opera,[14] the Deutsche Oper Berlin,[15] the Staatsoper Berlin,[16] the Arena of Verona[17] the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona,[18] the Teatro Real in Madrid[19] as well as the Aix-en-Provence Festival[20] and Les Chorégies d'Orange.[21]

He made his San Francisco Opera debut and role debut as Carlo Gérard in Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier in September 2016.[22]

Particularly notable engagements in 2017 have included his U.K. debut as Šakovlity in Modest Mussorgsky's Hovanščina at the BBC Proms conducted by Semyon Bychkov and the title role of Nabucco in a new production at the Arena of Verona which was also telecast internationally by Arte.[23]

Announced engagements in 2018 and 2019 include his role debuts as Barnaba in Amilcare Ponchielli's La Gioconda and as Michele in the centennial production of Giacomo Puccini's Il tabarro at the Metropolitan Opera, Giorgio Germont in La traviata and Iago in Otello (Verdi) at the Opéra Bastille of Paris.[24] The baritone announced his 100th performance as Rigoletto for 2019 at the Metropolitan Opera, where he made his house debut in 2009 in the same role.[25]

Conductors[edit]

Gagnidze has worked with conductors James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren, Gianandrea Noseda, and Kirill Petrenko.

Recordings[edit]

2010: Giacomo Puccini: "Tosca"

Metropolitan Opera New York

DVD, Virgin Classics

2015: Giuseppe Verdi: "Aida"

Teatro alla Scala, Milan

DVD/Blu-Ray, CMajor Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Gagnidze". georgegagnidze.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ Inc., Inmagic,. "BiblioTech PRO V3.2a". archives.metoperafamily.org. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  3. ^ Woolfe, Zachary (16 April 2013). "George Gagnidze in the Rat Pack 'Rigoletto' at the Met". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  4. ^ Martinfield, Sean (15 September 2016). "Baritone George Gagnidze Debuts in 'Andrea Chénier' at San Francisco Opera - Now Through 9/30". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Il Centro". Il Centro. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  6. ^ Steinkuhl, Hendrik. "Bariton George Gagnidze: Vom Theater Osnabrück an die New Yorker "Met"". Noz.de. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Star-Bariton Gagnidze: "Es ist nicht einfach, Bösewicht zu sein"". Tlz.de. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  8. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (14 June 2008). "At Avery Fisher Hall, a Tosca Who Comes Out to Meet the Audience". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  9. ^ Inc., Inmagic,. "BiblioTech PRO V3.2a". archives.metoperafamily.org. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  10. ^ "The Met in HD, Tosca, 2009". bachtrack.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Broadcast: Tosca". Operanews.com\accessdate=23 September 2017.
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "MémOpéra - George Gagnidze". Memopera.fr. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Vorstellungen mit George Gagnidze - Spielplanarchiv der Wiener Staatsoper". db-staatsoper.die-antwort.eu. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany". Operalively.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Kritik Tosca Staatsoper Berlin Alvis Hermanis: Fabio Sartori Anja Kampe George Gagnidze". Konzertkritikopernkritikberlin.wordpress.com. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2016-10-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2016-10-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2016-10-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  21. ^ "George Gagnidze en Nabucco pour les Chorégies d'Orange". Laprovence.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  22. ^ "SFOpera - Andrea Chénier Opens 94th Season, September 9–30". sfopera.com. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  23. ^ "Nabucco – Aus der Arena di Verona". musik-heute.de. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Operabase Schedule". operabase.com. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Facebook post to announce 2018/19 engagements at the Met". facebook.com. Retrieved 21 February 2018.

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