The famous Opera singer Zurab Sotkilava died in Moscow after a long struggle with cancer disease. Insidious disease the cancer has not left chances to the famous tenor.
In 2015 Zurab Lavrentievich was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. Then it was successfully operated in Germany. The singer was even able to return to his concert activities, and nearly two years continued to serve to the delight of fans. But in late August it became known that the disease Zurab Sotkilava again escalated. He has canceled all concerts and was urgently hospitalized.
Confirming the information about the death of a famous Opera singer, relatives Sotkilava told that the artist was again operated on in one of the capital’s hospitals, and he felt pretty good. I loved Zurab Lavrentievich hope that all will be well, but to beat cancer, the singer could not. He died in the morning on Monday, September 17.
At the moment there is no official information about the date and place the ceremony of farewell and funeral of the artist.
Zurab Sotkilava was born in Sukhumi, March 12, 1937. He started as a professional football player – cornerback Sukhumi “Dynamo” in 20 years became the captain of Georgian national team, brought his team to first place in the USSR championship. Played in the first team “Dinamo” Tbilisi. Retired at 22 due to severe injuries. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute, then at the insistence of the teachers enrolled in the Tbilisi Conservatory.
He admitted that a singer began quite by accident. “While still a very young man, I once sang in one company, and there was a Conservatory Professor, who advised me to seriously study singing,” – said Zurab Sotkilava on the eve of his seventieth birthday. But first he wanted to be a doctor, and soccer player. “Football is my love, I love it”, – said the artist.
In the mid 1960-ies he was a soloist of the Georgian Opera and ballet, trained at Milan’s La Scala. Debuted at the Bolshoi theatre in the role of don Jose (“Carmen” by Georges Bizet) in 1973, and a year later entered the Opera troupe. He taught at the Moscow Conservatory.
He was elected an honorary member of the Bologna art Academy “in subtle and profound interpretation of works by Verdi,” repeatedly played in the best theatres of the world. For long-term activity Zurab Sotkilava received many high awards. He was awarded the State prize of Georgia to them. Shota Rustaveli, is a knight of the order “For merits before Fatherland” IV, III and II classes.