Eldar Getsadze

Eldar Getsadze

Eldar Getsadze Eldar Getsadze graduated from the Academic Singing faculty of the Tbilisi V. Sarajishvili State Conservatoire, under Professor Davit Andghuladze. Being a student he received First prizes at the Republic Competition of Singers (1970), Zakaria Paliashvili Competition of Singers (1971), Transcaucasus Competition of Musician-performers (1972); the Second Prize at the Glinka International Competition of Singers (1975).In 1973 he debuted at the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre as Kiazo in Paliashvili’s Daisi.

During 50-year stage activity Eldar Getsadze has sung baritone’s 45 major parts. Among 2000 performances 44 were Premieres both in Georgia and abroad.

In 1979, for Tarash’s role in Otar Taktakishvili’s opera Stealing the Moon, Eldar Getsadze received the Theatrical Society Prize for The Best Male Role. He got the same prize in 1980 for the roles performed by him during the year.

The singer’s repertoire includes the masterpieces of Georgian and foreign operas. Among them are Zakaria Paliashvili’s Abesalom and Eteri (Murman), Daisi (Kiazo); Taktakishvili’s Stealing the Moon (Tarash), Mindia (Chalkhia), The First Love (Christephore); Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto (Rigoletto), Macbeth (Macbeth), Nabucco (Nabucco), La Traviata (Giorgio Germont), Aida (Amonasro); Don Carlos (Rodrigo, Marquis di Posa); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni; Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi), Tosca (Scarpia), etc.

In 1977 Eldar Getsadze appeared as Prince Yeletsky (Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades) at the International Music Festival Prague Spring, at Prague National Theatre; in 1984-1985 he sang Nabucco at the Leningrad Festival White Nights, and Count di Luna (Il Trovatore) in Kiev International Musical Festival Kiev Spring. At the Prokofiev Festival which was held in Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen (Germany) Eldar Getsadze performed Ruprecht and Don Ferdinand (Sergei Prokofiev’s The Fairy Angel and Duenna); in Busseto (Italy) he participated in the Verdi Festival, where he appeared as Iago (Othello) and took part in Opera Galas.

The singer has fruitfully collaborated with the famous Georgian composers: Otar Taktakishvili, Vazha Azarashvili, Alexandre Shaverzashvili, Gogi Chlaidze, Tengiz Shavlokhashvili, etc. He is the first performer of ten vocal cycles inspired and written for his voice. 

Eldar Getsadze toured Italy, Germany, Finland, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Together with Zurab Anjaparidze he organized and performed solo concerts in all regions of Georgia.

Eldar Getsadze collaborated with the well-known conductors and directors: Odyssey Dimitriadi, Didim Mirtskhulava, Vakhtang Paliashvili, Djansugh Kakhidze, Dimitri Aleksidze, Mikheil Tumanishvili, Gizo Zhordania, Giorgi Gelovani, Robert Sturua, etc.

Eldar Getsadze is the People’s Artist of Georgia; Cavalier of the Order of Honour; among his awards are the Gold Medal of Zurab Anjaparidze Foundation; Honorary Membership of Goethe Society, etc. He has been a member of Georgia Theatre Society since its foundation. Currently he is a member of the governing body of the Society.

Since 1997 he has been teaching vocal music at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire. Among his students are laureates of more than 25 International Competitions. In 2013 Eldar Getsadze became the Honorary Professor of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire