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After his successful Italian debut as Mercutio in Gounods ROMEO ET JULIETTE Last summer at the prestigious festival at Arena di Verona, Georgian baritone Michael Bachtadze was reinvited to sing the same role this summer alongside Vittorio Grigolo. Future projects include his debut with Orchestre National d´Île de France and Puccinis MISSA DI GLORIA, a production of LA TRAVIATA / Germont in Coburg, two new productions in Innsbruck/Austria (Tschaikowskis PIQUE DAME/Tomskij And Cileas ADIRANA LECOUVREUR/Michonnet) and a new production of TOSCA/Scarpia in Germany in 2015/16. Last season he gave three noteworthy house debuts, including one of his much acclaimed roles, Escamillo in Bizets CARMEN at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Marcello in Puccinis BOHEME at Oper Leipzig and Créon in Cherubinis MEDEA in Innsbruck/Austria. Since he successfully made the change to the baritone repertoire he has sung major roles in many opera houses in Europe. His main repertoire includes such as Giorgio Germont/LA TRAVIATA (Verdi), Renato/UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (Verdi), (both of which he prepared with the remarkable Giorgio Zancanaro), Ford/FALSTAFF (Verdi), Don Carlo/LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (Verdi), Jago/OTELLO (Verdi), Marcello/LA BOHEME (Puccini), Robert/IOLANTA (Tschaikowski), DON GIOVANNI

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After his successful Italian debut as Mercutio in Gounods ROMEO ET JULIETTE Last summer at the prestigious festival at Arena di Verona, Georgian baritone Michael Bachtadze was reinvited to sing the same role this summer alongside Vittorio Grigolo.

Future projects include his debut with Orchestre National d´Île de France and Puccinis MISSA DI GLORIA, a production of LA TRAVIATA / Germont in Coburg, two new productions in Innsbruck/Austria (Tschaikowskis PIQUE DAME/Tomskij And Cileas ADIRANA LECOUVREUR/Michonnet) and a new production of TOSCA/Scarpia in Germany in 2015/16.

Last season he gave three noteworthy house debuts, including one of his much acclaimed roles, Escamillo in Bizets CARMEN at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Marcello in Puccinis BOHEME at Oper Leipzig and Créon in Cherubinis MEDEA in Innsbruck/Austria.

Since he successfully made the change to the baritone repertoire he has sung major roles in many opera houses in Europe. His main repertoire includes such as Giorgio Germont/LA TRAVIATA (Verdi), Renato/UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (Verdi), (both of which he prepared with the remarkable Giorgio Zancanaro), Ford/FALSTAFF (Verdi), Don Carlo/LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (Verdi), Jago/OTELLO (Verdi), Marcello/LA BOHEME (Puccini), Robert/IOLANTA (Tschaikowski), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) and Escamillo/CARMEN (Bizet). The latter he sang in a new production for the Berliner Seefestspiele 2012, of which the premiere was broadcast on the ARTE TV in France and Germany.

He appeared in a varity of German Opera Houses as guest artist, among others in Deutsche Oper am Rhein/Düsseldorf, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Oper Halle, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Landestheater Coburg, Theater Heidelberg, Oper Leipzig, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern and Oper Köln. His debut at Semperoper Dresden was the premiere of IOLANTA (Tschaikowski) under the baton of Vlamidir Jurowski and was celebrated by the audience as well as by the critics. This also led to an invitation to sing there Marcello/LA BOHEME there. Internationally he has appeared inOpera Houses in Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Denmark, Georgia, Poland and Italy.

Michael Bachtadze graduated from his hometown Conservatory at Tbilisi/Georgia, followed by supplement studies in Germany where he is based since then. While he was still in University he was invited to sing many concerts in Georgia as well asthroughout Europe, including England (London; Royal AlbertHall), France, Norway (Bergen; Grieg-Hall), Germany (Berlin), Switzerland and Austria.

He began his professional career as a member of Theater Bielefeld singing roles from the bass-baritone repertoire, and had outstanding successes there in roles such as Figaro/LE NOZZE DI FIGARO in the opening production of the renovated opera house, Ruslan in Glinkas RUSLAN UND LUDMILLA, whose premiere was transmitted live on Deutschland radio Kultur, Golaud/PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, Lord Sidney/IL VIAGGIO A REIMS, Wurm/LUISA MILLER and Amonasro/AIDA. All together he sang there more than 25 roles. During that time he appeared in a variety of German Opera Houses as guest artist.

Michael Bachtadze is winner of the “International Open Opera Gesangswettbewerb” 2012 (Berlin). He has been awarded with the Operntaler 2007 for his outstanding achievements and was nominated in „Kritikerumfrage NRW 2007 – Musiktheater“ as the best male newcomer/vocal (theater pur 07/08 2007).

He has sung in concert with concerts with Orchestras including Bochumer Symphoniker, Bayerisches Rundfunkorchester München, Münchner Symphoniker and worked with great conductors, amongst others Alexander Joel, Vladimir Jurowski, Jan-Letham Koenig, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Alexander Kalajdzic, Marc Piollet, Dirk Kaftan, Kevin Edusei, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Alexander Vedernikov, Jacques Delacôte, Cornelius Meister and Marko Letonja.

 










































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"Michael Bachtadze ha dato sfogo ad una partecipata e versatile verve interpretativa, proponendo un Mercutio elegante, misurato e dal gradevole timbro, (…)"

ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Gounod, Arena Di Verona, 2013

"It’s hard to say much about Michael Bachtadze‘s Iago because his interpretation was saddled with the dispassion demanded by the role’s supposed calling as a scientist/philosopher. Still, his baritone has a big, warm sound that shows no effort in animating the immense Verdi line."

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