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Ildar’s Starring Performance in Met’s Le Nozze di Figaro to be Broadcast on PBS

imgRichard Eyre’s season-opening production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera, which starred Ildar in the title role, will be broadcast on PBS across the United States on Friday, January 16 at 9pm EST, kicking off the latest season of Great Performances at the Met. The cast of the opera buffa, which is set in Seville during the gilded age of the late 1920s, also includes Marlis Petersen as Figaro’s quick-witted bride-to-be, Susanna; Peter Mattei in one of his most acclaimed roles as Count Almaviva; Amanda Majeski in her Met debut as Almaviva’s wife, the long-suffering Countess; and Isabel Leonard as the boisterous page Cherubino. Met Opera Music Director James Levine conducts, and Renée Fleming hosts the broadcast.

Le Nozze di Figaro was originally shown live in movie theaters on October 18, 2014 as part of the Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters and performing arts centers in 69 countries around the world.

Check your local PBS listings to find out more about the  broadcast.

Ildar Abdrazakov Presents Recital in St. Moritz, Switzerland

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 3.13.18 PMTo ring in 2015, Ildar Abdrazakov joins mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova and pianist Mzia Bakhtouridze in recital at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Tickets and more information to the concert, which is part of the “In Concert @ Badrutt’s Palace” series, can be found here.

Richard Tucker Opera Gala to Air on PBS in January 2015

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It has been announced that Ildar’s performance in the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s 2014 gala concert will be broadcast via PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center on January 23, 2015 at 10pm ET. The celebrated event, which is held annually in celebration of the great operatic tenor Richard Tucker, took place in October at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Audra McDonald will host the broadcast, which boasts a lineup of opera stars including Joseph Calleja, Angela Meade, Željko Lučić, Pretty Yende, and 2014 Richard Tucker Award winner Michael Fabiano, all under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume. Check your local listings for broadcast details.

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.

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