Otar Kunchulia

Bass
Otar Kunchulia

Graduated from the Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 1986. Between 1979 and 1989, he was a soloist of the State Variety and Symphony Orchestra of the Georgian State Philharmonic. In 1985, when still a conservatoire student, he joined the Paliashvili State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he made his debut in Giya Kancheli’s opera Music for the Living, conducted by Jansug Kakhidze.The singer’s repertoire includes the following roles: Boris Godunov and Pimen (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov),King René (Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta),Gremin (Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin),Aleko and Old Gypsy (Rachmaninov’s Aleko),Zaccaria (Verdi’s Nabucco),Sparafucile (Verdi’s Rigoletto),Ferrando (Verdi’s Il trovatore),Filippo (Verdi’s Don Carlo),de Silva (Verdi’s Ernani),Jacopo Fiesco (Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra),Banco (Verdi’s Macbeth),Don Basilio (Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia),Leporello (Mozart’s Don Giovanni).

In 1982 to 1992, Otar was a voice instructor at the Opera Department of the Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. In 1985 to 2004, he was a teacher at the Paliashvili Central College of Music.

In 2008, he became a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, where he made his debut in 2009 as Sobakin in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride. The other roles he performed at the Bolshoi included Old Convict (Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District),Bertrand (Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans),Zaccaria (Nabucco),Zuniga (Bizet’s Carmen),Timur (Puccini’s Turandot),and Count Monterone (Rigoletto).

Roles performed at the Novaya Opera:

Konchak in Borodin's Prince Igor
Count Monterone in Verdi's Rigoletto
Oroveso in Bellini's Norma
Zaccaria in Verdi's Nabucco
Ferrando in Verdi's Il trovatore
Commander of the Polish Detachment in Glinka's A Life for the Tsar
King of Egypt in Verdi's Aida
Raimondo Bidebent in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
The Bonze in Puccini's Madama Butterfly
The Duke of Verona in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette
Roucher in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (in concert)
Mícha in Smetana's The Bartered Bride (in concert)
Bass part in the Old Love Songs concert

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