Goderdzi Janelidze


"I have not heard for a long time such huge and powerful bass. Not only his profundo bass is of a rare timbre for our days but also ... of an outstanding beauty, softness and flexibility."


"…But the real thrill of this evening was Goderdzi Janelidze from the Young Artist program… he filled the hall with a voice that reminded me of an organ, as if moving the walls."


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Georgian bass Goderdzi Janelidze is a member of the ensemble at the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, where his roles have so far included The Monk Don Carlo, Brander La damnation de Faust and Colline La Bohème.

Janelidze studied at the Paliashvili State Musical College in Batumi, the Batumi Opera Studio and the Tbilissi State Conservatory, before joining the Young Artists Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre, where his roles so far have included Banco Macbeth, the Mill-hand and Officer in a new production of Shostakovich’s Katerina Izmailova, the Monk and Laura's guest in a new production of Dargomyzhsky’s The Stone Guest, the Innkeeper in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, and the roles of Actor/Robber in a new production of Banevich’s opera for children The Story of Kai and Gerda.

Roles performed elsewhere include Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Sparafucile Rigoletto, Don Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Zangal in Paliashvili’s Daisi, Doctor Grenvil La traviata and Zuniga Carmen. Additional roles in his repertoire include Gremin Eugene Onegin and Konchak Prince Igor.

Engagements in the 2017-18 season include Sparafucile Rigoletto (Canadian Opera Company) and Konchak Prince Igor (Bolshoi Theatre).

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Title role, Don Quichotte

Wexford Festival Opera, October 2018

The very young Goderdzi Janelidze is successful in the title role and convincingly portrays the old, somewhat frail, man. Janelidze's bass has a striking low register that soars easily up to baritonal heights. He succeeds in not holding the character up to ridicule, even though he attracts the mockery of others.

Thomas Molke, Online Musik Magazin, 23 October 2019 (translated)

The Georgian bass Goderdzi Janelidze fills the boots of the stiff-limbed Quichotte with moving, grave tenacity...

Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, 23 October 2019

Goderdzi Janelidze made a fine impression in the title role. The Georgian has a silky bass, weaving long legato lines around Don Quichotte’s serenade, a sighing melody which recurs in the entr’acte after the tilting at windmills episode… he’s a young artist, learning his craft, and shows great promise.

Mark Pullinger, Backtrack, 23 October 2019

Janelidze’s performance as Don Quichotte was revealed as a dramatic and expressive tour de force, a remarkable embodiment of nostalgia, nobility and gentility communicated physically and vocally. The ravages of time made their presence felt in Janelidze’s physical frailty: the limbs that needed a gentle nudge to bend or straighten; the slow steps and graceful prod that propelled the gallant knight’s bicycle onwards. Somehow Janelidze had the discipline to restrain his vocal weight - though his projection is so strong that even a whispered phrase made its mark - for the dramatic highpoints which impress upon us the knight’s honour: the riposte to the bandits who attach and abuse him in Act 3, ‘Je suis le chevalier errant’, or his death-bed promise to the loyal Sancho, ‘Prends cette île’. These sudden moments of enrichening and colour were so much more telling for the grave and tender fragility within which they were framed. I was deeply moved, almost to tears, by Janelidze’s courage and conviction.

Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 28 October 2019

Verdi's Requiem, Teatro Colòn

Teatro Colòn, Buenos Aires, July 2018

New to the local stage was the young Georgian bass Goderdzi Janelidze, who impressed with his vocal scope and power, haunting in the ‘Mors stupebit’ to dramatic in the ‘Confutatis’.

Jonathan Spencer Jones, Seen and Heard International, July 2018

Eugene Onegin (Prince Gremin), Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera, May 2018

in the short time he was onstage, Georgian bass Goderdzi Janelidze commanded the stage while establishing the essential nobility of his character in some of the most gorgeous and most ‘echt-Russian’ music ever written for the bass voice. Janelidze had a resonance in his low range that many a bass could only dream of.


Georgian bass Goderdzi Janelidze has an enormous voice and low notes that can purr or throb with raw intensity as required. He gets only what amounts to an extended third-act cameo, but it’s one of the glories of the production.

David Gordon Duke, Vancouver Sun

Rigoletto (Sparafucile), Canadian Opera Company

21 January 2018

Goderdzi Janelidze also impressed as Sparafucile; singing with solidity and power while exuding a quiet menace. 

John Gilks, Bachtrack

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