Georgian tenor Otar Jorjikia is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most exceptional tenors of his generation, and is a 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 several house debuts at Opernhaus Zurich, Bolshoi Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre, Lithuanian National Opera, Teatro Communale de Bologna, Teatro Guiseppe Verdi, Teatro Reggio di Parma, Teatro All’antica, and Vienna’s Raimund Theater.
During the 2017/18 season, Otar makes his Teatr Wielki house debut (Duke in Rigoletto), in addition to making his Australian debut with Opera Australia (Don José in Carmen). Otar returns to both the Mariinsky Theatre and Lithuanian National Opera for performances of Simon Boccanegra, La Bohème (Rodolfo) and La Traviata (Alfredo). In concert, Otar will perform with Orchestre National de Lyon in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season include Otar’s debuts at the Bolshoi Theatre (conducted by Tugan Sokhiev) and Lithuanian National Opera, both as Alfredo in La Traviata. Otar performed in Simon Boccanegra at the Mariinsky Theatre with Placido Domingo, conducted by Valery Gergiev. In addition, Otar performed several times at Opernhaus Zurich, where he made his role debut as King Gustavo III in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera alongside Sondra Radvanovsky (Amelia) and George Paetan (Renato), under the baton of Fabio Luisi. As a member of the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zurich, Otar made multiple appearances in performances of Macbeth and Don Carlos.
Looking ahead to future seasons, Otar will perform at Basel Opera and Opernhaus Zurich in productions of Madama Butterfly and Nabucco. Otar’s repertoire includes Il Duca in Rigoletto, Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera, Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Don José in Carmen, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.