Opera singer David Gamrekeli under the heading "Desuete Names"
David Gamrekeli was a Soviet Georgian opera singer (baritone). People's Artist of the Georgian SSR. Honored Artist of the RSFSR. The Stalin Prize of the first class awardee (1950).
Gamrekeli was born in Chiatura, Western Georgia on August 9, 1911. He graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, class of Professor Eugene Vronsky in 1935. The same year young baritone sang the part of Prince Yeletsky from the opera "Queen of Spades" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1937, during "Decade of Georgian Literature and Art" in Moscow he performed the role of Kiazo from the opera "Daisi" ("Sunset") by Zacharia Paliashvili.
In 1944, together with another famous Georgian singer David Badridze, he starred in the film of Siko Dolidze and David Rondeli “The Shield of Djurgai”.
A new stage in the artistic career of David Gamrekeli dawned soon -- he was invited to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as a soloist. The Georgian baritone spent eight years, from 1944 to 1952, on the main stage of the Soviet Union. The State Fund for Television and Radio Programmes features collection of about thirty records made by the singer in different years. In 1947, he performed the role of Lenin's envoy Commissar (Sergo Ordzhonikidze was the prototype) in the opera “The great Friendship” by Vano Muradeli. He was performing as a chamber singer. The works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Georgian folk songs dominated in his repertoire. Since 1967, he taught at the Vocal Department of the Moscow State Conservatory.
David Gamrekeli died in 1977.
Musical selection for the birthday of David Gamrekeli is posted in the museum “Collection” Sound Library.
Opera roles repertoire of David Gamrekeli:
Eugene Onegin in "Eugene Onegin" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Yeletsky in “The Queen of Spades” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Rigoletto in "Rigoletto" by Giuseppe Verdi
Alfredo Germont in "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi
Escamillo in “Carmen” by George Bizet
Kiaso in "Daisy" by Zacharia Paliashvili
Murman in "Abesalom and Eteri" by Zacharia Paliashvili
Levan in "Keto and Kote" by Victor Dolidze