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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.

Mr. Abdrazakov 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, and First Prize at the Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition in 1998. In October 2000 he won the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Parma.

In 2001 Mr. Abdrazakov made his debut at Teatro alla Scala Milan in La Sonnambula. He appeared that same year as Oroveso in Norma for the Verdi Festival in Parma, in Trovatore at the Opera Theatre in Rome, in Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Opera Festival in Pesaro and in Don Carlo in Tokyo. Mr. Abdrazakov has since returned to La Scala in Macbeth conducted by Riccardo Muti, Samson e Dalila with Placido Domingo, Magometto II in Lassedio di Corinto, Selim in Il Turco in Italia and Iphigenie en Aulide, with Muti. In 2003/04 Ildar Abdrazakov established himself worldwide with performances of the title role of Moïse 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 the Metropolitan Opera, Rome Opera, San Francisco Opera and Washington Opera as Mustapha in Italiana in Algerie, Escamillo in Carmen at the Vienna Staatsoper and Assur in Semiramide in Madrid. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Escamillo in 2004 and as Alidoro in Cenerentola in 2005, sang in Semiramide at the Barcelona Opera in 2005, sang Figaro at the Los Angeles Opera in 2006 and returned to La Scala as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor.

In concert he appeared in performances of 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, and in Rome and Bologna conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti. He performed Cherubini’s Messe with Maestro Muti in Florence, the Verdi Requiem with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Damnation de Faust with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Valeri Gergiev. He has also performed concerts with the Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich with Muti, the Verdi Requiem with Placido Domingo in Munich and made his London Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic and Maestro Nosedda in a performance of the Michelangelo Verses by Shostakovich.

2006/07 engagements were performances of Mefistopheles in Faust - including a live broadcast - at the Metropolitan, the title role of Oberto in Bilbao and Semiramide in Berlin. In concert he appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Boito’s Mefistopheles), the Orchestra Filharmonica of La Scala (Shostakovich Michelangelo Verses), the Orchestre National de France with Muti (Cherubini Messa), with Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Chailly and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zinman (Verdi Requiem) and at the Proms with Pappano and the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia (Rossini’s Stabat Mater).

In 2007/08 Mr. Abdrazakov had, amongst others, engagements of Don Giovanni at Washington Opera, Walter in Luisa Miller at the Bastille Opera and Macbeth at La Scala. The 08/09 season saw him return to the Met as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Leporello in Don Giovanni, as well as various concert performances including the Verdi Requiem with Pappano at Covent Garden and with Maestro Muti in Chicago, and a recording and concert performance of Damnation de Faust in Vienna with Bertrand de Billy. This summer he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in the title role of a new production of Moïse et Pharaon with Maestro Muti, this season will see him at the Met in Les contes Hoffmann and a new production of Attila (title role) with Maestro Muti.

Mr. Abdrazakov has made a recording for Decca of unpublished arias by Rossini, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, and a live recording of Cherubini’s Mass at the Bayerische Rundfunk, conducted by Riccardo Muti, for EMI Classics. He has recorded The Michelangelo Verses, a Shostakovich Song Cycle, in a dual purpose recording with the BBC and Chandos. A DVD/CD of a live performance of Moïse et Pharaon from La Scala has also been released.

Since 2007 Ildar Abdrazakov has been an Ambassador for Zegna & Music project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values.

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