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Ildar Opens New Production of Faust at Opéra National de Paris

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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

Ildar Abdrazakov Makes Triumphant North American Solo Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall

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“Abdrazakov could fill Yankee stadium if he wanted to, but Carnegie is just right to honor this special bass,” exclaimed Berkshire Fine Arts of Ildar’s North American solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on January 29. “He has a complete and satisfying voice to dress his dashing image.  ”Handsome as all get out, he sings with a dramatic and dynamic range that is perfection. …His body is restrained in performance, but his eyes are very expressive, sometimes glinting like an impish elf, sometimes in mournful repose and at others, wide open to anything.  His hands are not aflutter, but an occasional gesture is used to punctuate a phrase or express a change of mood.  He is totally committed to conveying emotion to his audience. They received his message with delight and heartfelt applause.” During the program of works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Fauré, Liszt, and Ravel with accompanist Mzia Bakhtouridze, “the charismatic singer showed off the many facets of his art—from producing a rich sound with a range of colors to conveying the meaning of each piece, from songs of love to the horrors of war,” wrote the Epoch Times. Proclaimed The Upcoming, “the Bashkirian bass’s smiles are for real, so is his voice.”

Ildar presents his next solo recital at a gala evening benefiting the Palm Bach Opera on Florida, “Seduction of the Senses” on Thursday, February 5. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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.

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