Paata Burchuladze

Titles include: Commendatore (Italy), Kammersänger (Germany), the 1st Class Austrian Cross of Honor and United Nations Goodwill and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.



Paata Burchuladze was born in Georgia and studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatory and La Scala, Milan. His notable operatic appearances include Rossini’s Don Basilio, Konchak Prince Igor, Grand Inquisitor The Fiery Angel, Tsar Dodon The Golden Cockerel, Boris Godunov, Attila, Walther Luisa Miller, Timur, Jacopo Fiesco, Sobakin The Tsar’s Bride and Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo (Royal Opera House); Boris Godunov, Gounod’s Méphistophélès and Zaccaria in Nabucco (Paris Opéra); Walther, Boris Godunov, Nabucco, Grand Inquisitor and Prince Ivan Khovansky in Khovanshchina (Vienna State Opera); Zaccaria, Ramfis, Banquo, Jacopo Fiesco, Boris Godunov, Walther and Sparafucile (Teatro alla Scala); and Boris Godunov, Prince Ivan Khovansky, the Commendatore, Grand Inquisitor and Zaccaria (Metropolitan Opera, New York).


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    12 Apr 18 Shostakovich Lady Macbeth (Old Convict)
    Royal Opera House

    “the many solo roles were all extremely well sung, notably … Paata Burchuladze as the Old Convict”
    Mark Ronan Theatre Reviews, 13 April 2018

    “nice to see Paata Burchuladze as the Old Convict”
    Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International, 27 April 2018

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    12 May 17 VERDI Don Carlo (Grand Inquisitor)
    Royal Opera House, London

    “Possibly the most petrifying figure in all opera, the Grand Inquisitor is sung by the Georgian bass Paata Burchuladze, who brings to the role the weight of his experience as a Covent Garden regular for more than three decades.”
    Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper, 16 May 2017

    “there is much else to enjoy here, notably Paata Burchuladze’s Grand Inquisitor, a scarlet-robed puppet laying down the law with iron inflexibility”
    Michael Church, Independent, 16 May 2017

    “Paata Burchuladze a formidable presence as the blind Grand Inquisitor”
    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 12 May 2017

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    01 Oct 11 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

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    01 Jan 09 PUCCINI Turandot (Timur)
    Royal Opera House, London

    “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

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    01 Apr 11 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV 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