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234th Season

Paata Burchuladze


Born in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on the 12th of February 1955. He received his vocal education in his hometown with Olimpi Khelashvili. Together with fsome artists from the former USSR, he was chosen to participate in finishing studies with Giulietta Simionato and Edoardo Mueller at Milan's Teatro alla Scala. In 1981 he emerged as winner from the international vocal competition Voci Verdiane in Busseto and he won the gold medal and the first prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow the following year. In 1985 he triumphed again at the International Luciano Pavarotti Competition. He first caused a major sensation at London's Royal Opera House, where he made his debut with «Aida» alongside Katia Ricciarelli and Luciano Pavarotti and conducted by Zubin Mehta. He conquered all the major opera houses around the world: Teatro all Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Opera National de Paris, the San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera as well as the Metropolitan Opera New York. Invited by Herbert von Karajan (who referred to him as the second Shalyapin) he sang Commendatore in Mozart's «Don Giovanni» at Salzburg Festival in 1987 and with this legendary conductor he starred in the Requiem Masses by Verdi and Mozart as well. Paata Burchuladze received special acclaim for this portrayal of Boris Godunov he was invited to inaugurate the Met season 1990/91 with that role which he sang at Covent Garden and the State Operas of Vienna and Munich as well (the latter opera company saw him singing his 100th performance of Boris in July 1995). Apart from his operatic fame, Paata Burchuladze is a celebrated and refined concert and recital singer as well, performing regularly with the most important festivals and producers worldwide (La Scala, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Salzburg Festival, Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Tonhalle Zurich, La Monnaie in Brussels, La Bastille and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Solothurn, the Palau in Barcelona, Sevilla, Warsaw and Moscow etc.). Mr. Burchuladze's discography comprises «Il Barbiere di Siviglia», «Simon Boccanegra», «Aida» and «Ernani» for Decca, Mozart's «Don Giovanni» and Requiem, «La Forza del Destino», «Eugeny Onegin» and «Khovanshchina» with Deutsche Grammophon, «Rigoletto» with EMI, «La Boheme» and «Nabucco» with Koch-Schwann as well as «Samson et Dalila» for Philips. The State Opera of Stuttgart awarded his loyalty with the Kammers?nger title in July 1998.

Mariinsky Theatre:
1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky-2 (New Theatre):
34 Dekabristov Street
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Concert Hall:
20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg

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