Ildar Abdrazakov

Season 17/18 Artist

Ildar Abdrazakov has won numerous international competitions (the television Moscow Grand Prix, the Glinka competition in 1997, the Rimsky-Korsakov competition in 1998 and the Parma Maria Callas International competition in 2000). He made his debut at the age of 25 in 2001 at La Scala, Milan in La Sonnambula. During the 2003-2004 season, he sang the title role in Rossini's Mosè in Egitto there under Riccardo Muti (recorded on DVD). He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 in the same role. He has appeared at the leading international opera houses (including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; the San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington Operas; the Teatro Real, Madrid; the Liceu, Barcelona and Covent Garden, London) where he has sung Selim in Il Turco in Italia, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Assur in Semiramide, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro(the role in which he made his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, in 1998), Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Leporello and the title role in Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles in Faust, La Damnation de Faust and Boito's Mefistofele, Oroveso in Norma, the title roles of Attila and Oberto, Banquo in Macbeth, Philip II in Don Carlos, Procida in I vespri siciliani, Walter in Luisa Miller, and the four evil roles in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. A regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera, he made his debut there as Henry VIII in Anna Bolena in 2011, Dosifei in Khovanshchina in 2012 and the title role of Borodin's Prince Igor (recorded on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon) in 2014. He also sang the title role of Attila there under Riccardo Muti, as well as Escamillo and Figaro. He has recorded Verdi's Requiem and Cherubini's Mass in F with Riccardo Muti (EMI), Shostakovich's song cycle Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Rachmaninov's opera The Miserly Knight (Chandos), and a DVD of Attila with Valery Gergiev, released in 2013 under the Mariinsky label. In 2014, his first solo album came out with Delos: Power Players, celebrating great Russian bass roles.

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