Ildar Abdrazakov

Ildar Abdrazakov has won prizes in numerous international competitions (the Moscow Television Grand Prize, First Prize at the Glinka Competition in 1997, First Prize at the Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in 1998, the Grand Prize at the Elena Obraztsova Competition in 1999, and the Maria Callas Competition in Parma in 2000). In 2003, he performed the title role in Moses (Rossini) at Milan’s La Scala under the baton of Riccardo Muti (DVD). He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in the same role in 2009. He has performed in many of the world’s great opera houses (the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington Operas, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Liceu in Barcelona, and Covent Garden in London…) where he sang the roles of Selim in Il Turco in Italia, Don Basilio in the Barber of Seville, Assur in Semiramide, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro (a role in which he made his debut appearance at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg in 1998), Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also played Leporello and the title role in Don Giovanni.
His other roles include Mephistopheles—first in Faust, then La Damnation de Faust and finally Boito’s Mefistofele—Oroveso in Norma, the title roles in Attila and Oberto, Banco in Macbeth, Philip II in Don Carlo, Procida in Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Walter in Luisa Miller, and the four demonic roles in The Tales of Hoffmann…
Invited regularly to the Metropolitan Opera, he made his first appearances there performing the roles of Henry VIII (Anna Bolena, 2011), Dosifey (Khovanshchina, 2012) and the title role in Prince Igor (2014 - DVD Deutsche Grammophon). He also sang the title role in Attila there under the baton of Riccardo Muti, as well as Escamillo in Carmen and Figaro. More recently, he played Mustafà (L’Italiana in Algeri) at the Vienna Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera, Mephistopheles (Faust) at the Paris Opera, the Teatro Regio in Turin and the Salzburg Festival, Silva (Ernani) at the Salzburg Festival and Geneva’s Grand Theatre, Attila at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Monte Carlo Opera, Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville) and Escamillo (Carmen) at the Paris Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera, Philip II (Don Carlo) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Bolshoi Theatre and London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
His recordings include Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Muti (EMI, Grammy Award), Attila with Valery Gergiev (DVD Mariinsky), Faust and Don Carlo (DVD, Turin’s Teatro Regio), and Simon Boccanegra with Dmitri Hvorostovsky. His first solo album Power Players, devoted to the great Russian bass roles was released in 2014 on the Delos label. He is also the artistic director of the Elena Obraztsova International Academy in Saint Petersburg.

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