Burchuladze, Paata, Russian bass; b. Tbilisi, Feb. 12, 1951. He studied at the Tbilisi Cons. In 1975 he made his operatic debut as Gounod’s Méphistophélès in Tbilisi, and then sang throughout Russia and in Italy, where he pursued further training. In 1983 he made his British debut as a soloist in Elgar’s The Dream of GeronNdash;tius at the Lichfield Festival, and in 1984 he made his first appearance at London’s Covent Garden as Verdi’s Ramfis. In 1987 he sang Mozart’s Commendatore at the Salzburg Festival. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Rossini’s Don Basilio on Oct. 21, 1989. In 1994 he appeared as Boris Godunov at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. He sang Verdi’s Zacearía at the Verona Arena in 1996. In 1997 he appeared as Banquo in Hamburg.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire