Ildar Sings the Title Role in Met’s “Figaro” Starting this Friday, Oct 26

On Friday, October 26, Ildar Abdrazakov begins his first of two back-to-back lead performances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera: the title character in Mozart’s iconic comic opera, Le nozze di Figaro. German soprano Mojca Erdmann plays his bride, Susanna, and David Robertson conducts; performances continue through November 17. Sirius-XM subscribers will be able to listen to the opening performance as part of their “Live from the Met” series; the broadcast begins at 7:25pm EDT.

He then begins his star turn as the titular anti-hero in another Mozart opera, Don Giovanni, on November 28; he was most recently seen as the Don at the Washington National Opera in September, where he was praised for his “imposing voice” that was “both commanding and capable of great gentleness” (Washington Examiner). On October 10, he previewed the role as a featured performer in WQXR’s “An Evening with the Metropolitan Opera” at The Greene Space; a full video archive can be viewed here.

See Ildar’s schedule for more details on both performances.