ZURAB NINUA – baritone
Baritone Zurab Ninua had honor of being called and recognized as Verdi’s Baritone. He has been considered as one of the significant young baritones emerging in today’s artistic world. Mr.Ninua’s rarely powerful voice captures wide audiences from stage. His extraordinary voice combined with his sophisticated artistic style gives him ability to create unforgettable characters.
Mr. Ninua recently performed one of his most successful roles as Don Carlo in Verdi’s “La forza de destino” at Bel Canto Caramoor International Music Festival St.Petersburg version. “Zurab Ninua used his rich baritone aptly to convey the determination of the vengeful Don Carlo” noted The New York Times. Mr. Ninua has also performed in New York City’s most respected halls such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Cami Hall, Venetian Theater in Caramoor NY, Yamaha Hall, Millenium Theater,Vail Leavitt Music Hall, Dicapo Opera of New York, Opera of the Hamptons, VPR Opera, and Gateway Classical Music Society where he performed as: Georgio Germon “La Traviata”, Amonasro “Aida”, Rigoletto “Rigoletto”, Michele “Il Tabarro”, Alfio “Cavaleria Rusticana”, Don Carlo “La Forza del destino”, Premisle “Sarka”, Mr. Ninua was also selected to be a cover in “War and Peace” as Napoleon at Metropolitan Opera house.
Mr. Ninua began to stand out as a successful and talented singer at various young artists’ competitions as soon as he moved to the United States. Some of his most important achievements include wining of Verdi Award at Naomi Music Competition. He was also one of the Finalist of Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition. Mr. Ninua was selected to be a cover of Di Luna in Il’trovatore and also participated in Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artists Program. He is a winner of the Young Artist’s Program at the Opera of the Hamptons.
Mr. Ninua professional musical career began in Republic of Georgia where he was a Soloist of the State Opera House in Tbilisi and Soloist of the Batumi State opera House as well. Mr. Ninua began his musical career at the age of six. He graduated as a violinist from a special music school for gifted children in Republic of Georgia in Tbilisi. At the age of nine, he was chosen as soloist in very famous children’s ensemble “Martve”. With this group he recorded his first audio CD at the age of 11. He continued his musical education at Sarajishvili State Music Conservatoire in Tbilisi,Georgia where he earned two master degrees in Choral Conducting and opera singing. While Mr. Ninua continued his musical education at Sarajishvili State Music Conservatory he was also invited to be a member of prestigious Georgian State Academy Ensemble “Rustavi”. With this group he traveled to more than Forty-Eight countries and recorded more than one-hundred Georgian folk songs.