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Ildar Abdrazakov


The Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov was born in Ufa, Russian Federation, in 1976, where he studied at the Institute for Arts under Professor Murtazina.

He has won a number of prizes including First Prize at the television competition Moscow Grand Prix named after Irina Arkhipova, First Prize in the Glinka International Competition in 1997, First Prize at the Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition in 1998, First Prize at the International Obrazova competition in 1999 and was the winner of the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Parma in October 2000.

In 2001 he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala Milan and in 2003-04 established himself worldwide with performances of the title role of Mose et Pharaon with Maestro Muti at La Scala (which is also available now on DVD/CD) and performed the reopening concert of La Scala Theatre conducted by Muti in December 04.

He has since made his debut at all major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera as Mustapha in L'italiana in Algerie, Leporello and the title role of Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles in Faust, Escamillo in Carmen at the Vienna Staatsoper and Assur in Semiramide in Madrid and Barcelona, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro at Los Angeles Opera and returned as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermor to La Scala. Main HD broadcast include Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Mefistopheles in Faust both from the Met.

He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 in the title role of a new production of Moise et Pharaon with Maesto Muti. Last season he was seen at the Met in Robert Lepage's highly acclaimed production of Damnation de Faust and a new production of the Attila (title role) with Maestro Muti. Other highlights of the 09-10 season were Le nozze di Figaro in Washington, a recital at La Scala and concert performances with the Vienna Philharmonic and Maestro Muti in Salzburg. Highlights in 10-11 were the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Met, the title role of Moise et Pharaon with Maestro Muti in Rome, I vespri siciliani in Torino, Il barbiere di Sevillia at Covent Garden and a very highly acclaimed tour with the Metropolitan Opera to Japan.

11-12 will see him in concert at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic and Maeatro Muti, in a new production of Anna Bolena for the opening season of the Met as well as Dosifei in Khovanchina, L'italiana in Algeri in Vienna, Les Contes d'Hoffmann at La Scala and Attila in Rome.

In concert he appeared with all major orchestras and conductors including Verdi's Requiem with Valery Gergiev in Baden-Baden, in Milan with Riccardo Chailly, in Siena with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, in Rome and Bologna with Gianluigi Gelmetti, in Munich with Plácido Domingo, in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Maestro Chailly and in Chicago with the Orchestra National de France with Maestro Muti. He performed Cherubini's Messe with Maesto Muti in Florence, Damnation de Faust with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Teatro Real Madrid, London Proms with the BBC Philharmonic and Maestro Nosedda in a performance of the Michelangelo verses by Shostakovich, Rotterdam Philharmonic (Boito's Mefistopheles), the Orchestra Filharmonica of La Scala (Shostakovich's Michelangelo Verses), the Orchestre National de France with Muti (Cherubini's Messa), returned to the Proms in Rossini's Stabat Mater with Pappano and the Orchestra di Santa Caecilia and performed in the highly acclaimed performances at the Salzburg Festival (Ivan the Terrible) and Naples (Rossini Stabat Mater) both with Maestro Muti.

He has recorded unpublished arias by Rossini conducted by Riccardo Chailly with Decca, made a live recording of Cherubini's Mass at the Bayerische Rundfunk conducted by Riccardo Muti for EMI Classics and recorded The Michelangelo Verses, a Shostakovich Song Cycle, as well as Miserly Knight by Rachmaninoff in a dual purpose recording with the BBC and Chandos. His DVD releases include Moise et Pharaon from La Scala, Berto from Bilbao and Lucia di Lammermoor from the Met. His recent Verdi Requiem recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Muti won the Grammy last year for Best Classical Album.

March 2012

Ildar Abdrazakov