Ildar Abdrazakov is the subject of a featurette by GTRK Bashkortostan. The channel followed Ildar backstage in his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Henry VIII in Anna Bolena. Click here to watch the full segment, including performance footage.
Featurette on GTRK Bashkortostan
Return to the Metropolitan Opera with Anna Bolena
Ildar Abdrazakov launches his 2015-16 season with a return to the Metropolitan Opera where he reprises his acclaimed Henry VIII in Anna Bolena. The Russian bass stars in Donizetti’s Tudor tragedy opposite Jamie Barton as Jane Seymour with Sondra Radvanovsky rounding out the love triangle in the title role.
The revival reunites Ildar with conductor Marco Armiliato, who collaborated on the original run of this production when it opened the Met’s 2011-12 season. Of that performance, the New York Times wrote “Ildar Abdrazakov brought his earthy, muscular voice to the role of Enrico (Henry VIII).… he was an imposing presence, and he did not overplay the king’s brutishness.” Opera magazine also praised his “sweet-toned, lyric sheen that is ideal for the bel canto repertoire, but he can summon up the rougher, darker timbre necessary for the nastier characters in the bass spectrum.”
Performances take place September 26, October 1, 5, 9, and 13, and January 5 and 9. Anna Bolena is revived as part of a historic Met run of Donizetti’s “Tudor Queens” trilogy, accompanied by Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux.
(Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)
2015-16 season highlights include performances in New York, Paris, Moscow, Monte Carlo, & Stockholm
Following 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.
Ildar Abdrazakov stars in concert performances of Ernani at Salzburg Festival
August 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.