Ildar Abdrazakov Makes North American Solo Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov is equally well-known to both savvy opera connoisseurs and opera novices. The winner of multiple awards, including two Grammys, Oscar della Lirica and Golden Mask, hailed by Opera News as “one of the most exciting Russian singers to emerge on the international scene in the past decade”, Ildar Abdrazakov is one of the most sought-after basses in the opera world today.

Having debuted at La Scala at only 25, Mr. Abdrazakov has been a mainstay at most leading opera houses worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera House and Munich Bavarian State Opera. Mr. Abdrazakov’s powerful yet refined voice, coupled with dramatic talent and compelling stage presence has allowed him to star in a variety of operatic roles and portray both comic and tragic characters with equal virtuosity.

On the heels of his recent Metropolitan Opera triumphs that included the title role in the new production of Borodin’s Prince Igor (named one of New York’s ten best classical music events of 2014 by the New York Times), the artist will mark his North American solo recital debut with “An Evening with Ildar Abdrazakov”, a romantic and intimate recital program that will take place on the main stage of Carnegie Hall on January 29th, 2015.

Accompanied on the piano by La Scala’s leading pianist, Mzia Bakhtouridze, Mr. Abdrazakov will perform a selection of  late 19th – early 20th century European and Russian vocal masterpieces. The first part of the recital will present romances by Liszt, art songs by Faure and will conclude with Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, a romantic song cycle in which the lyricism of French romance meets the fiery motifs of Spanish folklore. The second part of the program will offer a journey through the Golden Age of Russian vocal music, from romances and serenades by Glinka and Tchaikovsky ( set to the lyrics of the greatest Russian poets) to Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, a chilling song cycle filled with inner drama and powerful symbolism.

“An Evening with Ildar Abdrazakov” will no doubt conquer many hearts in Carnegie Hall and will fascinate both ardent opera devotees and those who are just starting to discover the miracles of classical music. For more information about this recital, presented by Maestro Artist Management, and to purchase your tickets, check the Events section on the website

By Raisa Massuda

Raisa Massuda is an opera and recital reviewer, writing articles for Mandolin Vision and

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