6/13/2016, Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague
PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Fabio Mastrangelo – conductor
The charismatic Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov is coming back in Prague! In June 2016, he will introduce himself in his most famous opera roles at the Smetana Hall.
Ildar Abdrazakov has established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001, he has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Bavarian State Opera. Also an active concert artist, he has performed at London’s BBC Proms and at Carnegie Hall, as well as with leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic.
Among his signature roles are Mozart’s Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni and Leporello (Don Giovanni); Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust and Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust; Oroveso in Bellini’s Norma; Rossini’s Selim (Il turco in Italia) and Assur (Semiramide).The Russian bass is noted for Verdi roles including Walter in Luisa Miller, Banquo in Macbeth and the title characters in Oberto and Attila.
Abdrazakov’s discography includes a Grammy Award-winning recording of Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as discs of Cherubini’s Mass, Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Rachmaninoff’s The Miserly Knight, and unpublished arias by Rossini with Riccardo Chailly. He is also featured on video recordings of Oberto, Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Attila. In early 2014, Delos released his debut solo recording, Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass, and his critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Borodin’s Prince Igor at the Met was released on DVD/BluRay from Deutsche Grammophon in September 2014.
Abdrazakov was born in 1976 in the city of Ufa, then the capital of the Soviet republic of Bashkiria. His 2000 win at the Maria Callas International Television Competition thrust him into the international spotlight and led to his debut at La Scala. Since 2007, Abdrazakov has been an ambassador for the Zegna & Music project, a philanthropic initiative founded in 1997 by Ermenegildo Zegna, to promote music. Abdrazakov’s concert attire is generously provided by the designer.
Ildar Abdrazakov previously performed in Prague on 10th July 2015 within the Quartet of Great Voices concert, alongside Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova and Aleksandrs Antonenko; with Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and under the baton of Marco Armiliato.
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
Song of the Varangian Guest
Sadko, Scene 4
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
The entire encampment sleeps... (Aleko)
Introduction & Women’s and Men’s Dances
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Ella gammami m’amò (Philipp II)
Don Carlo, Act III
Ouverture to opera Luisa Miller
Infelice!... E tuo credevi (Don Ruy Gomez de Silva)
Ernani, Act I
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Leporello)
Don Giovanni, Act I
Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni, Act II
Charles Gounod (1818–1893)
Faust, Act V
Georges Bizet (1838–1875)
Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Escamillo)
Carmen, Act I
Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
La calunnia è un venticello (Don Basilio)
Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I