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Ildar Abdrazakov Joins Staatskapelle Dresden for Verdi’s Requiem in Salzburg

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At the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival, Ildar Abdrazakov appears with the Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of  Christian Thielemann for two performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. On Tuesday, March 31 and Friday, April 3 in Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus, he joins soloists Liudmyla Monastyrska, Anita Rachvelishvili, and Jonas Kaufmann along with the Bavarian Radio Chorus. Tickets and more information can be found here.

In 2009, Ildar’s live recording of the Requiem with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was the winner of two Grammy Awards.

Simon Boccanegra to Be Released in April on Delos


Ildar Abdrazakov’s portrayal of nobleman Jacopo Fiesco in Giuseppe Verdi’s political drama Simon Boccanegra will be released in both physical and digital versions on April 14, 2015. Delos’s first-ever complete Italian opera recording also stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role, Stefano Secco as Gabriele Adorno, and Barbara Frittoli as Amelia Grimaldi, under the baton of Constantin Orbelian and Lithuania’s Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra. Listen to a sample from the recording: Ildar’s “Piango, perche mi parla” with Dmitri Hvorostovsky can be heard here.

Ildar Opens New Production of Faust at Opéra National de Paris


Ildar brings his “winning stage performance” (San Francisco Classical Voice) of Méphistophélès to the Opéra National de Paris in a new production of Charles Gounod’s Faust by Jean-Romain VesperiniPiotr Beczala and Michael Fabiano share the title role in this operatic retelling of the classic German legend, and Krassimira Stoyanova embodies Marguerite, Faust’s doomed lover. The cast also includes Jean-François Lapointe as Valentin, Damien Pass as Wagner, Anaïk Morel as Siebel, and Doris Lamprecht as Dame Marthe, under the baton of Michel Plasson.

More information and tickets to the production, which has repeat performances on March 5, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 25, and 28, can be found here.

Just Announced: Ildar Abdrazakov to Sing Henry VIII at Metropolitan Opera in September

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Ildar Abdrazakov returns to the Metropolitan Opera stage on September 26, 2015 to reprise his portrayal of Henry VIII in Sir David McVicar’s production of Anna Bolena, the first of Donizetti’s three “Tudor Queen” operas. Ildar will sing alongside Sondra Radvanovsky as the doomed title character and Elīna Garanča as Giovanna, her lady-in-waiting turned deadly rival. Marco Armiliato will conduct the opera, which also stars Stephen Costello as Percy and Tamara Mumford as Smeton.

Of his 2011 Met performances as Henry VIII, “Ildar Abdrazakov brought his earthy, muscular voice to the role.… he was an imposing presence, and he did not overplay the king’s brutishness,” wrote the New York Times.

Repeat performances will take place on October 1, 5, 9, and 13, plus January 5 and 9. Find more information in the Metropolitan Opera’s digital brochure.

Photo © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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