St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Ildar Abdrazakov Recital

The programme includes works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Saint-Saёns and Gounod.


Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev

Ildar Abdrazakov (the biography) >>


The young, robust-voiced Russian bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov also had a splendid Met debut as Masetto. This was no country bumpkin but a husky fellow you don't want to mess with. And how could you blame him for succumbing again to Zerlina, his fiancйe, when Zerlina was the perky, alluring and sweet-voiced soprano Hei-Kyung Hong?
New York Times

Best of all, though, was the sensational bass, Ildar Abdrazakov, who has just about everything – imposing sound, beautiful legato, oodles of finesse. I can't remember when I last heard the role so magnificently sung.

With his sturdy bass, Mr. Abdrazakov sang nobly and honesty...
New York Times


...Abdrazakov proved a robust, aggressive Figaro – more plotting than playful, barely deferential, determined, entitled. He possesses a consistent, full and centered tone, and has the capacity to let loose when necessary. His aria "Aprite un po' quegli occhi" was fire and fury. Moments like that, when performer, character, music and drama fuse so perfectly, are exactly what give opera its unique power.

...the discovery of the evening was Ildar Abdrazakov, whose intriguing Slavic bass plumbed the somber depths of his music with real commitment...
Chicago Tribune

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