Praised by the New York Times for his “expressive, resonant baritone”, “insightful phrasing” and “confident, imposing presence”, George Gagnidze ranks among the leading singers of his genre.
Born in Tbilisi (Georgia), he trained at the Conservatory of his home town and made his operatic debut as Renato (Un ballo in maschera) at the Tbilisi Opera House in 1996. He won the 2005 “Voci Verdiane” Competition in Busseto and launched his international career from Germany.
In 2009, the dramatic baritone made his sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Rigoletto, where he has since then returned in more than 100 performances, singing roles such as Macbeth, Amonasro (Aida), Scarpia (Tosca), Michele (Il tabarro), Tonio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Shaklovity (Hovanščina), and reprising the title role of Rigoletto in 25 performances and two different productions.
Other important opera houses and festivals he has appeared include the Teatro alla Scala (Rigoletto, La traviata, Aida, Tosca), Paris Opéra (Otello, La traviata, Aida, Tosca, Francesca da Rimini), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (La traviata), Wiener Staatsoper (Nabucco, Tosca, Cavalleria rusticana), San Francisco Opera (Aida, Andrea Chénier), Los Angeles Opera (Rigoletto, Pagliacci), Washington National Opera (Otello), the BBC Proms (Hovanščina) and the Arena of Verona (Nabucco, La traviata), where he has worked with conductor such as Bychkov, Conlon, Dudamel, Levine, Luisi, Luisotti, Maazel, Mehta, Nézet-Séguin, Noseda, Oren and Petrenko.
Performances this year include Tosca and Aida at the MET, Macbeth in Valencia, Nabucco in Madrid and Tbilisi as well as Aida in Los Angeles.