He was born in Tiflis in 1970. The Georgian baritone studied singing at the State Conservator Sarajishvili in his hometown. During his studies George Gagnidze became an ensemble member of the Zakaria Paliashvili State Opera House in Tiflis.
In 1996 he made his debut as Renato in Un ballo in maschera at the National Theatre in Tiflis. His partner was the well-known Zurab Sotkilava, soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow George Gagnidze has been a successful competition performer winning awards in various international voice competitions including the First Competition for Music Actors (1996) and the special prize at the International Festival BRAVO (1998). He was finalist of the Leyla Gencer Competition 2000 in Istanbul, where he received the special prize for baritone. In 2001 he was first prize winner of the Elena Obraztsova Competition of Young Opera Singers. In 2005 he gained the first prize in the international competition Voci Verdiane in Busseto, one of the most important competitive events for Italian singing with head juror José Carreras.
First guest appearances led George Gagnidze to the Sofia Opera House and the Old Opera House Frankfurt. He appeared on stage at the St. Petersburg Concert Hall, the Philharmonic Concert Hall Istanbul, the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall and the Sapporo Kitara Hall in Japan.
In gala concerts he participated together with internationally acclaimed artists such as Elena Obraztsova, Paata Burchuladze, Zurab Sotkilava, Renato Bruson, Krjstian Johannson, Katia Ricciarelli, Alessandra Marc, Kaludi Kaludov and Andrea Rost. George Gagnidze has worked under the musical direction of famous conductors such as Jurij Temirkanov, Djansug Kachidze, Jac van Steen, Peter Falk and Lorin Maazel.
George Gagnidze lays emphasis on singing the leading roles of the Italian operatic repertoire, for example Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Tonio (Pagliacci) and Scarpia (Tosca) as well as the important Verdi baritone parts. He achieved success as Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Posa (Don Carlo), Germont (La Traviata), Luna (Il Trovatore), Nabucco and Macbeth. His versatile repertoire also includes German, French and Russian parts such as Pizarro (Fidelio), Jochanaan (Salome), Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Escamillo (Carmen), Juan Castrado (Das Wundertheater) and Jeletzky (Pique Dame).
His extensive repertoire of songs contains Russian romances, Neapolitan and Georgian songs, which enabled him to celebrate his success many times.
Since the beginning of the 2005/06 season he has been a member to the opera ensemble of the German National Theatre in Weimar where he is doing all leading baritone parts. Recent successes include Rigoletto at the Teatro Regio di Parma and Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia. In February 2009 George Gagnidze had a huge success when debuting at the Metropolitan Opera NY in the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Im Juli 2010 George Gagnidze made his debut as Simone Boccanegra in a NP at the Teatro Real Madrid. In Autumn 2010 he had a great success as Rigoletto at the Los Angeles Opera, followed by his debut as Gianotto in the NP of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini at the Opéra de Paris. Current and future plans include Cav & Pag (Tonio, Alfio) at the Liceu in Barcelona, Germont/La Traviata at the Opernhaus Zürich and Rigoletto at the Wiener Festwochen.
Further engagements include the MET, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, La Scala, Arena di Verona, Deutschen Oper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper.