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Prince Igor Named one of Top Ten Classical Music Events of 2014 by New York Times

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The Metropolitan opera’s “magnificent, updated production” of Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor in which Ildar made his starring role debut has been included in New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini’s year-end ”10 Best Classical Music Events of 2014″ roundup. The new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, which opened in February, “made Prince Igor seem one of the landmarks of Russian opera,” writes Tommasini. “The bass Ildar Abdrazakov, in the title role, headed a compelling cast.” Borodin’s epic story of a young Russia in turmoil returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time since 1917 and also starred Oksana Dyka, Anita Rachvelishvili, Sergey Semishkur, Mikhail Petrenko, and Stefan Kocán, under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda. Ildar’s “burnished, powerful” performance, as described by the New York Times in its review of the production, is available to watch on DVD and Blu-Ray from Deutsche Grammophon.

Ildar Abdrazakov Named Artistic Director of Elena Obraztsova’s New Music Academy

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It has been announced that Ildar Abdrazakov will take on the role of Artistic Director at the International Academy of Music “Elena Obraztsova”, a new school named after the legendary opera mezzo-soprano that will begin activities at the beginning of the next academic year. Obraztsova herself offered Ildar the position at the new institution, which will be located in the historic center of St. Petersburg and will train young Russian singers, accompanists and vocal teachers on an international level.

Ildar’s long artistic relationship and friendship with Elena Obraztsova began in 1999 when he won the Grand Prix at the International Elena Obraztsova Competition in St Petersburg.

Ildar Abdrazakov returns to Mariinsky Theatre for Two One-Night-Only Engagements

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Following his acclaimed run starring in Moïse et Pharaon at Opera Marseille, Ildar Abdrazakov makes his way to Saint Petersburg for two performances at the legendary Mariinsky Theatre. On Thursday, November 27, he joins conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra, and soloists Viktoria Yastrebova, Yulia Matochkina, and Sergei Semishkur for Verdi’s Requiem. A week later on Saturday, December 6, he brings his acclaimed portrayal of the same composer’s Attila to the stage opposite Elena Pankratova as Odabella in a production by Arturo Gama under the baton of Christian Knapp. Ildar’s performance as the infamous conqueror in this production is available to own on DVD and BluRay from the Mariinsky Label, and can be purchased here.

Power Players Earns Nomination at International Classical Music Awards

Power-Players-CoverPower Players: Russian Arias for Bass, Ildar Abdrazakov’s debut solo album of Russian arias for bass released on Delos earlier this year, has received a first-round nomination at the 2015 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in the Best Vocal Recital category, as announced on November 19th. The winners of the awards, which are selected from a competitive lineup of international artists by a jury of sixteen distinguished European and Russian classical critics and broadcasters, will be announced on January 20, 2015, with the awards ceremony and gala concert to follow in Ankara, Turkey, on March 28. The International Classical Music Awards has been a leading pan-European competition for excellence in classical recording since its founding in 2011.

In Power Players,  Ildar returns to his Russian roots, celebrating the iconic bass roles that are the hallmark of his homeland’s operatic heritage. The album offers many of the greatest hits of the Russian bass repertoire, with selections by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev that include the famous Act II aria from Prince Igor. Ildar is accompanied by Constantine Orbelian leading Lithuania’s Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra. Purchase Power Players here.

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