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Ildar Abdrazakov Sings Escamillo in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera, Including HD Broadcast on November 1

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Right after wrapping up his run as Figaro at the Met, Ildar swaps his valet’s cloak for a toreador’s cape, remaining at the opera house for two performances as Escamillo in Carmen on October 28 and November 1. The second performance will be transmitted live to cinemas worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, Ildar’s second HD transmission so far this season.

Ildar sings alongside Anita Rachvelishvili, his Met co-star in last season’s Prince Igor, in the title role of the ill-fated temptress and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Carmen’s desperate lover, Don José, with Pablo Heras-Casado conducting Richard Eyre’s production. He has sung in this production at the Met previously: in February 2013, he stepped in to sing a single performance as Escamillo, which was broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Radio Network. He also sang the role during the Met’s 2004-05 season in Franco Zeffirelli’s production.

Photo © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Just Announced: Ildar Abdrazakov to Make North American Solo Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall

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Ildar Abdrazakov will present a solo recital on January 29, 2015 in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, making his North Amercian solo recital debut. With pianist Mzia Bakhtouridze, he will perform a program that includes works by Fauré, Liszt, and Ravel, as well as highlights of the Russian golden opera repertoire by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky. Tickets to the recital, which is being presented by Maestro Artist Management, are available here.

Ildar Abdrazakov Joins All-Star Lineup at 2014 Richard Tucker Gala


Ildar Abdrazakov appears in concert at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday, October 12 at the annual gala of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, the non-profit cultural organization dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of the great tenor by nurturing the careers of talented young American opera singers. Ildar performs a selection of arias alongside opera luminaries that include 2014 Tucker Award winner Michael Fabiano, Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Marcello Giordani, and Zeljko Lucić, as well as previous Tucker Award laureates Angela Meade, Isabel Leonard, and Stephen Costello. The evening, led by Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume, will be recorded for later broadcast across the United States as part of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center. Find more information and tickets here.

Ildar Abdrazakov’s Mefistofele at San Francisco Opera Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray

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Ildar’s fall 2013 staged role debut in the demonic title role of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele is now available to own on DVD and Blu-ray from the San Francisco Opera in partnership with EuroArts Music International and Naxos. Said the Huffington Post of the performance, “Abdrazakov is stunning in the title role. The voice is bright and burly–and so is Mr. Abdrazakov.  He is charismatic, dramatically clever and (with red tails in the sunset) the ultimate tempter and tease”.  Ramón Vargas and Patricia Racette round out a cast that brings Boito’s retelling of the Faust tale to life in this fiery production conceived by Robert Carsen and conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Buy Mefistofele from the San Francisco Opera Shop and Amazon.

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