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2015-16 season highlights include performances in New York, Paris, Moscow, Monte Carlo, & Stockholm

ia-news-5Following a landmark 2014-15 season, Ildar Abdrazakov looks forward to spending 2015-16 with some of his favorite companies and favorite roles. The formidable Russian bass launches the performance season with his return to the Metropolitan Opera to reprise his acclaimed Henry VIII in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena opposite Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role and Jamie Barton as Jane Seymour September 26 – October 13, with two encore performances on January 5 and 9 presented as part of the Met’s Tudor Queens trilogy. In between, Ildar is heard in concert in Moscow with conductor Vladimir Spivakov and tenor Dmitry Korchak in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri on December 24.

In Europe, Ildar joins the Opéra National de Paris February 2 – March 4 to sing Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia before turning to the works of Verdi, beginning with the composer’s Requiem at Philharmonie Luxembourg on March 24. After singing the titular Hun in Attila at Monte Carlo Opera April 22 – 29, he joins Riccardo Muti to sing Banquo in Macbeth at Stockholm’s Konserthuset May 15 and 17.

The coming season also sees Abdrazakov at the helm of the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music – where he was appointed Artistic Director by Obraztsova herself in 2014 – which opened in a gala concert August 2015. Click here for more information on the Academy.

Click here for Ildar’s complete schedule.


Ildar Abdrazakov stars in concert performances of Ernani at Salzburg Festival

ia-news-4August for Ildar Abdrazakov continues with the Russian bass’s return to the Salzburg Festival on the 27th and 29th for two concert performances of Verdi’s Ernani. Reprising the role of Don Ruy Gomez de Silva, Ildar stars opposite Vittoria Yeo as Donna Elvira, Luca Salsi as Don Carlo, and Francesco Meli in the title role.

Riccardo Muti conducts the performances, which also hear the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini and members of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Click here for tickets.

Artistic Director Ildar Abdrazakov opens Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music with gala concert

ia-news-3On August 8, Artistic Director Ildar Abdrazakov and a cast of colleagues inaugurate the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music at Nevsky Prospekt 35 B. Conducted by the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s Music Director Mikhail Tatarnikov, the gala opening hears Ildar alongside his brother, Askar Abdrazakov, as well as Vasily Ladyuk, Olga Makarina, Yevgeny Akimov, Vladimir Samsonov, Marina Shutov, Olesya Petrova, and Obraztsova’s daughter, Elena Makarova. Additionally, the concert will be simulcast at the central portico Gostiny Dvor on Nevsky Prospekt.

In 2014, Obraztsova herself offered Ildar the position at the new institution, located in the historic center of St. Petersburg and with the mission of training young Russian singers, accompanists and vocal teachers on an international level. The pair’s long artistic relationship and friendship began in 1999 when Ildar won the Grand Prix at the International Elena Obraztsova Competition in St Petersburg.


Gala concert at VDNH August 1

Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 3.54.13 PMOn August 1, Ildar Abdrazakov headlines “In the Same Breath,” an open-air gala of Russian Stars of the World Opera Stage at Moscow’s VDNH. The event is presented as the centerpiece of the exhibition center’s “Inspiration” festival of the arts. Ildar joins colleagues and compatriots Olga Peretyatko, Elena Zaremba, and Dmitry Korchak alongside the Moscow City Symphony Orchestra and maestro Dmitri Jurowski.

VDNH will present the free event as a livestream on its website beginning at 8:30pm MSK. Click here for more information.

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