Paata Burchuladze


Paata Burchuladze was born in Georgia, he studied at the Tbilisi Conservatory and La Scala, Milan. 

Mr Burchuladze has won several competitions including the international vocal competition Voci Verdiane in Busseto (1981), the gold medal and first prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982), first prize at International Luciano Pavarotti Competition (1985) and First Prize in the Maria Callas Competition (1986). 

In July 1998 the State Opera of Stuttgart awarded Mr Burchuladze’s loyalty with the title Kammersänger. Mr Burchuladze holds the titles of: United Nations goodwill ambassador, UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Commendatore in Italy, and the 1st Class Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art (Austria’s highest accolade awarded by the Austrian President). His extensive discography comprises Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Simon Boccanegra, Aida and Ernani for DECCA, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Messa da Requiem, La Forza del Destino, Eugene Onegin and Khovanshchina with Deutsche Grammophon, Rigoletto with EMI, La Bohème and Nabucco with Koch-Schwann as well as Samson et Dalila for Philips.

In recent seasons, Mr Burchuladze's engagements have included Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra and Gala concerts with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Ivan Khovansky in Khovanshchina for Paris Opera, Zaccaria in Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera, Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo and Banco in Macbeth at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Boris Godunov and Prince Igor at the Bolshoi, Konchak in Prince Igor for Hamburg State Opera, Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Kotshubej in Mazeppa in Monte Carlo, and an opera Gala concert in the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. More recently he sang Ramfis in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera and Grand Inquisitor for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in 2016-2017 Paata will return to London and to the role of the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo.

This is for information only. Please contact Camilla Wehmeyer for an up-to-date biography.

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Domingo Gala

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

"...while Paata Burchuladze was wonderfully menacing as the assassin Sparafucile"

Sunday Express, October 2011

"Paata Burchuladze...makes a bigger impression as a suitably aristocratic Jacopo Fiesco (Boccanegra)"

The Stage, October 2011

The Tsar's Bride

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

"Some much needed vocal robustness and experience was provided by Georgian bass Paata Burchuladze as Marfa's father, Vasily. He alone, rejoices in her happiness and steadfastly stands as a watchful guard in her dying moments. Against Burchuladze's impressive and rounded tone the bright nasality of Dmytro Popov's Ivan Likov was readily and pleasingly apparent."

Music OMH, April 2011

Turandot - Timur

Royal Opera House Covent Garden

“Paata Burchuladze was superb as Timur and used his cavernous voice to good effect”.

Seen and Heard Opera Review, December 2008

"Paata Burchuladze brought a big voice and a big presence to bear".

Financial Times, January 2009
"Paata Burchuladze was a very strong Timur, never dominating but adding well needed experience to precedings". 

tttcritic.blogspot, December 2008

"Paata Burchuladze’s gravelly Timur is also impressive". 

Evening Standard, January 2009

"Paata Burchuladze’s broken-down, Boris-like Timur retains a definite stage presence". 

The Stage, December 2008