2016–17 Season: Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier and Amonasro in Aida
Baritone George Gagnidze makes his San Francisco Opera debut in the role of Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier. Trained at the State Conservatory in his native Georgia, Gagnidze debuted as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera in 1996 at the Paliashvili State Opera. Guest performances followed at Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Verdi Festival in Parma, the Teatro Felice in Genoa, the Paris Opéra Bastille, as well as several performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He has also toured China, Japan, and South Korea.
His interpretation of the role of Rigoletto at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence in 2013 under the direction of Robert Carsen, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, strengthened his reputation as an outstanding singer-actor. His acclaimed performance of Scarpia in Tosca at the Met was screened at cinemas worldwide and published on DVD. In the 2016–17 season, Gagnidze returns to the Met to perform Amonasro in Aida and to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Scarpia and Carlo Gérard.