Otar Jorjikia

“Jorjikia’s voice was warm, well designed and showed attractive colours with impeccable, elegant phrasing and sharp brilliance…”
Opera Actual


Georgian tenor Otar Jorjikia is the recipient of several prestigious prizes such as first prize at the 2016 Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singer’s Competition. Since graduating from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2013, Otar has made numerous house debuts at Opernhaus Zürich, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Polish National Opera, Lithuanian National Opera and Opera Australia. Otar is in high demand as a guest artist of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres.

During the 2019/20 season, Otar returns to Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse as Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Mariinsky Theatre as Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) and Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera), Opera Australia as Don José (Carmen), and Opernhaus Zürich as Ismaele (Nabucco).

Highlights of the previous season include Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera)at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres, Teatro delle Muse Ancona and Teatro Regio di Parma, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) in a new production at Theater Basel, in addition to multiple guest appearances at the Mariinsky Theatre by invitation of Valery Gergiev (Attila and Simon Boccanegra) and the Bolshoi Theatre under Tugan Sokhiev (Alfredo Germont, La traviata and Don José, Carmen). Concert appearances included Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Lugano under Markus Poschner.

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    14 Oct 19 VERDI Nabucco (Ismaele)
    Opernhaus Zürich

    “The surprise of the evening is Otar Jorjikia as Ismaele. He has a stylistically and technically excellently trained tenor voice, which one could certainly imagine in many leading roles.”
    Jan Krobot, onlinemerker

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    11 Jul 19 Simon Boccanegra (Gabriele Adorno) Verdi
    Mariinsky Theatre at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

    “There is only one tenor in this opera, Gabriele Adorno, at the same time adversary and bridegroom of Simone’s daughter. This role was sang with the necessary fanatical impetus by the secure and nuanced Georgian Otar Jorjikia.”
    Christoph Wurzel, bachtrack

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    17 Jan 19 Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo) Verdi
    Teatro Regio di Parma

    The Georgian Otar Jorjikia, in the role of Riccardo, gives strength to his character thanks to the appropriate volume and to the excellent, varied and incisive phrasing.

    The tenor, very effective on stage, sings with generosity and movement […] the ownership of the accents and the total adherence to the role make his performance very attractive.

    After the beautiful ‘Ma se m’è forza perderti’, the fire and passion already expressed in the duet come back and are elevated in ‘Sì, rivederti, Amelia’, sung in full voice – strong and enthralling.”
    Patrizia Monteverdi, operaclick.com

    “Otar Jorjikia proves another pleasant discovery of the evening. With savvy intelligence and an in-depth knowledge of his own resources, the Georgian singer portrays a Riccardo tailored to his own instrument, connoting the Count of Warwick with a prince-like nobility.

    A bright and well projected voice – with a contained volume which still penetrates – Jorjikia shows excellent articulation, whilst also taking the right amount of space in the dialogues to clearly articulate each syllable to support an aristocratic and variegated phrasing, where he showed well-researched taste in the pertinent and expertly developed accent.”
    Antonino Trotta, apemusicale.it

    “The Georgian tenor Otar Jorjikia is a very remarkable Riccardo: perfectly placed in character and with impeccable diction, he was able to interpret the irrepressible love delirium of the Count of Warwick in shimmering hues.”

    “Otar Jorjika, equipped with a beautifully dark and sonorous voice, presented excellent musicality and an interpretation which served justice to the passionate, dreamy and ironic dimensions of the character.”
    Fabio Larovere, connessiallopera.it

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    12 Dec 18 Simon Boccanegra Verdi
    Mariinsky Theatre at Teatro Galli, Rimini

    “Otar Jorjikia shows agility in the variegated tenor writing as Gabriele Adorno – from the lyrical to the fiery –  he portrays the youth’s ardor and enthusiasm of the character!”
    Otar Jorjikia si è ben destreggiato nella variegata scrittura tenorile – dal lirico al focoso – di Gabriele Adorno, imprimendo ardore e slancio giovanile al personaggio!
    Giulia Vannoni, il Ponte

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    24 Sep 18 Un ballo in maschera Verdi
    Teatro delle Muse, Ancona

    “All the singers are very talented, among them the young Georgian Otar Jorjikia as Gustavo, a splendid Verdi tenor in rapid ascent, beloved by Valery Gergiev: in addition to the beauty of the timbre, a perfectly balanced sound in all registers, the refined phrasing and the perfect mastery of Italian diction was appreciated.”
    “Molto bravi tutti i cantanti, tra i quali è svettato il giovane georgiano Otar Jorjikia in Gustavo, splendido tenore verdiano in rapida ascesa, prediletto da Valery Gergiev: oltre alla bellezza del timbro, al perfetto equilibrio sonoro in tutti i registri, al raffinato fraseggio, si è apprezzata la perfetta padronanza della dizione italiana.”
    Lucia Fava, giornaledellamusica.it

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    20 May 18 Macbeth (Macduff) Verdi
    Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse

    “Otar Jorjikia (Macduff) deploys a tenor of fine noble quality.”
    Paula Gaubert, Olyrix

    “Macduff is sung by the tenor Otar Jorjikia, who proves that there’s no need for a Placido Domingo. Breath perfectly mastered with beautiful timbre, his voice is moving and tender.”
    Michel Griyalou, Culture 31

    “The young Georgian tenor Otar Jorjikia singing the role of Macduff was a real revelation. In 2016, he won the Prix Galina Vishnevskaya and his Toulouse presentation reaffirms the jury’s choice. The voice is healthy, supple, moving, and the legato is that of a true musician … A career will follow.”
    Jean Jordy, ODB-Opéra

    “Otar Jorjikia sings Macduff beautifully, with a rare energy.”
    Maurice Salles, forumopera.com

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    07 Jun 17 Un ballo in maschera (Gustavo) Verdi
    Opernhaus Zürich

    “In this revival of David Pountney’s production, the gifted Georgian tenor Otar Jorjikia took over the lead role of Gustavo, King of Sweden, for the ill Marcelo Álvarez. Jorjikia, a member of Zurich’s International Opera Studio (IOS), has a particularly dramatic and many-hued voice which showed itself entirely secure, despite the same day’s appointment to the lead role. While playing a more modest monarch than some, his humanity made him infinitely likeable. Gone was any regal trumpery; here, Gustavo was just a man overcome by passionate love.”
    Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack

    “Jorjikia’s voice was warm, well designed and showed attractive colours with impeccable, elegant phrasing and sharp brilliance…”

    “Jorjikia sorprendió gratamente por la calidad de su instrumento, cálido y bien proyectado y de atractivo color, fraseo impecable y elegante y agudos –todos– brillantes…
    Albert Garriga, Opera Actual

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    08 Jan 17 Messa da Requiem Verdi
    Opernhaus Zürich

    “The tenor Otar Jorjikia sings his role securely and soundly; this is obviously part of his repertoire. Jorjikia’s voice is perhaps the most reminiscent of opera composer Guiseppe Verdi. The melting of this tenor, its softness, shows this in an entirely agreeable manner.”

    “Der tenor Otar Jorjikia singt seine Rolle sicher und klangvoll; sie ist offensichtlich Teil seines Repertoires. Jorjikias Stimme erinnert vielleicht am ehesten an den Opernkomponisten Guiseppe Verdi. Der Schmelz dieses Tenors, seine Weicheit zeigt das in durchaus angenehmer Weise.”
    Erpery WordPress

    “Georgian tenor Otar Jorjikia, distinguished for his intensely dark-toned voice and robust high notes, interpreted the highly anticipated Ingemisco with style, emotion and lyricism…”

    “Plausi anche per il tenore georgiano Otar Jorjikia, distintosi per uno strumento vocale dal timbro tendenzialmente scuro, tonante e robusto nelle note alte. Toccante l’attesissimo Ingemisco, cantato con stile, emotività e lirismo, inginocchiato e circondato da ballerini dalle movenze pausate e severe.”
    Stefano Balbiani, Connessi all’Opera


Carmen, Don José

Lucia di Lammermoor, Edgardo
L’elisir d’amore, Nemorino

Faust, title role
Roméo et Juliette, Roméo

Werther, title role

Les contes d’Hoffmann, Hoffmann

Tosca, Cavaradossi
Madama Butterfly, Pinkerton
La traviata, Alfredo
La bohème, Rodolfo

Eugene Onegin, Lensky
Iolanta, Vaudemont

La traviata, Alfredo Germont
La forza del destino, Don Alvaro
Macbeth, Macduff
Rigoletto, Il Duca di Mantua
Simon Boccanegra, Adorno
Un ballo in maschera, Gustavo III
Attila, Foresto
Nabucco, Ismaele