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Ildar Abdrazakov Kicks off 2014-15 Season with Title Role in Met’s New Opening-Night Figaro

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 6.11.29 PM copyIldar headlines the Metropolitan Opera’s opening-night gala for the first time on September 22, starring as the title character in the Met’s new production of Le nozze di Figaro under James Levine in a new production by Richard Eyre set in Seville during the gilded age of the late 1920s. The cast of the opera buffa also includes Marlis Petersen as Figaro’s bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as libidinous pageboy Cherubino. On on October 18, Ildar’s performance will be transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series.

Ildar previously appeared in the Met’s opening-night production in 2011, singing Henry VIII to Anna Netrebko’s Queen in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Le nozze di Figaro marks the ten-year anniversary of his relationship with the Met, which began in 2004 with Don Giovanni under Levine.

Repeat performances take place on September 25 and 27 followed by October 2, 7, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 25. Find more information and tickets here.

Prince Igor Screened in Lincoln Center Plaza as Part of Met’s Summer HD Festival

_B5A0018-XLThe Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD presentation of Prince Igor will receive an encore viewing on Sunday, August 24 at New York City’s Lincoln Center as part of the institution’s Summer HD Festival. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production for the Met, which starred Ildar making his role debut as the eponymous title character, was originally transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series in early 2014. Ildar stars alongside Oksana Dyka, Mikhail Petrenko, Stefan Kocán, Anita Rachvelishvil, and Sergey Semishkur under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda. The outdoor presentation begins at 7:15pm and is free and open to the public.

Find more information here about the ten-day Summer HD Festival, which runs August 22 to September 1 and features some of the Met’s post popular Live in HD presentations of the past.

Prince Igor comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 15 from Deutsche Grammophon. Pre-order your copy on DVD here and on Blu-Ray here.

Prince Igor Coming on DVD/Blu-Ray in September from Deutsche Grammophon

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Ildar Abdrazakov’s critically acclaimed performance in the monumental title role of Borodin’s Prince Igor at the Metropolitan Opera can be seen on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 15 with its international release on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The production — which was created for the Met by Golden Mask-winning director Dmitri Tcherniakov — ran in early 2014, and showcased Ildar’s role debut as the psychologically conflicted monarch living a story told through the lens of a young Russia in turmoil. Ildar earned a chorus of praise for his “burnished, powerful” (New York Times) performance in the opera, which was last staged at the Met nearly a century ago. He joins a cast that includes Oksana Dyka as Yaroslavna, Anita Rachvelishvili as Konchakovna, Sergey Semishkur as Vladimir Igorevich, Mikhail Petrenko as Prince Galitsky, and Stefan Kocán as Khan Konchak, with Gianandrea Noseda on the podium.

Find more information about the release from Deutsche Grammophon here, and pre-order your copy on DVD and on Blu-Ray today.

Ildar Abdrazakov Makes Mostly Mozart Debut with Beethoven 9

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Kicking off a string of New York City performances at the beginning of his banner 2014-15 season, Ildar makes his Mostly Mozart Festival debut as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No. 9 under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda. Ildar appears alongside soloists Erika Grimaldi, Anna Maria Chiuri, and Russell Thomas plus the Concert Chorale of New York in the performances, which take place on August 12 and 13 at Avery Fisher Hall. Find tickets and more information here.

 

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