Principal Stage Director
Recipient of the Medal of Francysk Skaryna
Mikhail Pandzhavidze was born in 1969. He graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS), the department of musical theatre majoring in stage directing (workshops of W.A. Miller and M. A. Osherovsky); he also finished the graduating school (under the scientific adviser Professor, People’s Artist of the USSR G.P. Anisimov) Since 2001 Pandzhavidze has been the head of the group of directors of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.
He has been the director of more than 20 productions in opera and ballet theatres of Tatarstan, Novosibirsk, Magnitogorsk, Yekaterinburg, in the Astrakhan State Music Theatre, the Moroccan National Theatre, among which there are: Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky, Snegurochka and The Tsar’s Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov, Eugene Onegin and Iolanta by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Theatre Director by Mozart, Rigoletto, Nabucco and Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, Madama Butterfly and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, etc.
He has worked with such conductors as E. Svetlanov, G. Rozhdestvenskiy, M. Ermler, V. Gergiev, V. Andropov, directors B.
Prolorovsky, M. Osherovsky, R. Sturua, G. Ansimov, I. Sharoev, A. Titel. He participated in the International Vocal Festival named after V. Barsova and M. Maksakova (Astrakhan), the Moscow Easter Festival, and the International Festival after F. Chaliapin (Kazan). He has been the author of a number of theme and anniversary concert programmes.
Since 2006 to 2008 he was the artistic head of the State Theatre “Tsaritsynskaya opera”.
He was honoured with the State Prize of the Republic of Tatarstan after G. Tukai for the production of Poet’s Love (2008). This performance became the winner of the “Golden Mask” theatre award in the nomination “Best Male Role” (2008).
Since May 2010, he has been the principal director of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.
He has staged several opera productions in the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus, including Nabucco (2010), Tosca (2010), Aida (2011), Il barbiere di Siviglia (2011), The Grey Legend (2012), Turandot (2013), The Telephone (2013), La voix humaine (2013), Pagliacci (2014).
Mikhail Pandzhavidze is the recipient of the Francysk Skaryna Medal (2015).