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Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass-Baritone)
Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov was born into an artistic family in Ufa in 1976 and began his career at the Bashkirian Opera; early successes included the Moscow Grand Prix and victories at the International Obratzsova Competition, the Glinka International Vocal Competition, and the Maria Callas International Television Competition, shortly after which he made his debut at La Scala.
Abdrazakov is particularly acclaimed in Russian and French repertoire, bel canto and Verdi, with key roles including Borodin’s Prince Igor, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Verdi’s Attila, Assur in Rossini’s Semiramide, Enrico in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, the four villains in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Mephisopheles in Gounod’s Faust. His discography includes recordings of the Verdi Requiem with Plácido Domingo, Riccardo Muti and Philippe Jordan, an album of Russian arias with Constantine Orbelian and the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Ican the Terrible, and Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight (‘certainly the finest bass voice to emerge from Russia in decades’ – BBC Music Magazine). DVD performances include Filippo II in Don Carlo from Torino, Mustafà (opposite Cecilia Bartoli’s Isabella) in L’Italiana in Algeri from the Salzburg Festival, and the title-roles in Verdi’s Attila and Oberto and Boito’s Mefistofele.