Paata Burchuladze


The eminent Georgian bass Paata Burchuladze is known all over the world for his many recordings and performances at the world's leading opera houses. In February 1998 Paata Burchuladze became the first Georgian to be acclaimed Prince by the Russian Orthodox Church, and in July 1998 the State Opera of Stuttgart awarded his loyalty with the title Kammersänger. In addition Paata holds the titles of United Nations goodwill ambassador, UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, and Commendatore in Italy. He has many recordings with DECCA and Phillips.

His repertoire includes the great Russian bass roles of Boris Godunov and Khovanshina, as well as 'Aida', 'Nabucco', 'Don Carlo', 'La Forza del Destino', 'Ernani', and 'Rigoletto'.

Highlights of Mr Burchuladze's 09/10 season included Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Bastille and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Ferrando in Il Trovatore at the Liceu Barcelona, Zaccaria in Nabucco at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Recent engagements include Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra and Gala concerts with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Boris Godunov at the Palau de les Arts Valencia, Banco in Macbeth at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Kotshubej in Mazeppa in Monte Carlo, Commendatore in Don Giovanni for Paris Opera and Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Zaccaria in Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera. 

Engagements in the 12/13 season and beyond include Sparafucile in Rigoletto in Valencia, Boris Godunov at the Bolshoi, Konchak in Prince Igor for Hamburg State Opera, an opera Gala concert in the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia at the Palau de les Arts Valencia, Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and his return to the Metropolitan Opera.

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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