Zurab Sotkilava was born on March 12, 1937, in
He began his vocal career after a technical
education. In 1965 he graduated from the Tbilisi
Conservatoire (class prof. David Anguladze) and a few
years later he finished his post-graduate course.
From 1965 to 1974 he was a soloist of the Georgian
Opera and Ballet Theatre. From 1966 to 1968 he was
probationer at La Scala (class maestro Barra), Milan.
Since 1974 he has been a soloist of the Moscow
Bolshoi Theatre. He's the Peoples Artist of
Georgia and USSR (1979).
Sotkilava's remarkable vocal qualities and perfect
mastery of the "instrument" are enhanced by
a striking dramatic talent. His beautiful, bright
voice is highly esteemed among opera lovers both in
Georgia and abroad.
His repertoire includes almost all the main tenor
roles: Abesalom (Paliashvili "Abesalom and
Eteri"), Jose ("Karmen"), Cavaradossi
("Toska"), Calloandro ( La Molinara"),
Vaudemont ("lolanta"), The Indian Guest
("Sadko"), Count Golitsyn
("Khovanschina), The Pretender
("Boris Godunov"), Otello
("Otello"), Radames( Aida"), Ricardo
("Un ballo in Maschera"), Izmael
(Nabucco). Zurab Sotkilava is considered
one of the best performers of the part of Turiddu in
Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.
He is also much in demand as a concert artist in
Georgia, Russia and abroad. In addition, he gives
numerous concerts as a recitalist, his repertoire
including romances by both Georgian and foreign
composers as well as Russian, Neapolitan, Georgian
and Mengrelian folk songs.
Professor at the Moscow State Conservatoire, Zurab
Sotkilava is a winner of the State Prize of