Paata Burchuladze

Forthcoming: Paata makes his return to the Royal Opera House as the Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo.


Born in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, Paata received his vocal education in his hometown before finishing his studies at Teatro alla Scala, Milan under Guilietta Simionato and Edoardo Mueller.

Having performed at all the world’s major opera houses since his incredible Covent Garden debut as Ramfis Aida in 1984 alongside Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli, cond. Zubin Mehta, Paata has received many awards and accolades. He 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.

Recent engagements include Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Zaccaria Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera, Konchak Prince Igor at Hamburg State Opera, Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sparafucile Rigoletto and Boris Godunov at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Fiesco Simon Boccanegra and gala concerts with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House and at the Kremlin Palace, Banco Macbeth at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Commendatore Don Giovanni and Ivan Khovansky Khovanshchina for Paris Opera.




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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 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

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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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    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