George Gagnidze | Meet the Artists

Baritone. Iago in Otello

George makes his WNO debut as the devious Iago, a role he is set to perform around the world from Opéra National de Paris to the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Among the foremost Verdi baritones of our time, George is known internationally for his performances of vocal distinction and psychological complexity, from the title role in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera to Scarpia in Tosca at Wiener Staatsoper.

Listen to George sing the title role in Nabucco.

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Russell Thomas | Meet the Artists

Tenor. Title role in Otello.

Russell’s voice of “gorgeously burnished power” (The New York Times) has led him to the world’s top opera houses, including the WNO stage in 2018 as the title role in Don Carlo. Thomas is well on his way to being our generation’s greatest Otello, having already sung “compelling” (L.A. Times) concert performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and forthcoming stagings with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Canadian Opera Company. He brings his telling of this titanic role to the United States opera stage for the first time in these WNO performances.

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Deborah Nansteel | Meet the Artists

Mezzo-soprano. Emilia in Otello.

Deborah Nansteel first made appearances on the WNO stage as a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Artist Program in 2013–2015, performing in Cinderella, The Magic Flute, and more. She has since performed in 2018’s La traviata and 2019’sFaust. With her “formidable display of vocal power and dramatic assurance,” Deborah has made outstanding debuts at esteemed venues throughout the country, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Zach Borichevsky | Meet the Artists

Tenor. Cassio in Otello

Known for his “beautiful timbre” and his creation of “intimate moments of beauty,” Zach Borichevsky makes his WNO debut as Cassio, Otello’s captain. A series of significant débuts have established Zach as one of the most exciting new vocal talents to emerge on the international stage, with celebrated performances such as Rodolfo in La bohème with Finnish National Opera, Romeo in Roméo et Juliette for Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, and Alfredo in La traviata for the Glyndebourne Festival.

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Wei Wu | Meet the Artists

Bass. Sarastro in Otello

Wei first made appearances on the WNO stage as a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in 2013– 2016, performing in The Little Prince, Better Gods, The Magic Flute, and more. He returned in 2018 to sing Don Basilio for The Barber of Seville and 2019 to sing Sacristan in Tosca. In his fast-growing career, Wei’s “rich, low bass” (The Washington Post) has taken him to Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera.


Wei sings Sacristan in WNO’s 2019 Tosca.

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