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Ildar Abdrazakov

Ildar Abdrazakov has established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at 25, the Russian singer has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. His powerful yet refined voice coupled with his compelling stage presence have prompted critics to hail him as a “sensational bass…who has just about everything – imposing sound, beautiful legato, oodles of finesse” (The Independent). Also an active concert artist, he has performed at London’s BBC Proms and at New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as with leading international orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic.

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  • 07.08.2017 - Arias over the air: Ildar Abdrazakov

  • San Francisco Opera's "Mefistofele" is coming to the public airwaves this month. Arrigo Boito's exuberant retelling of the Faust legend, 'Mefistofele,' will be telecast on Thurs., Aug. 24, on KQED 9. Celebrated mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and SF Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock will host the telecast, which feature international casts led by SF Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

    "Mefistofele" (Thurs., Aug. 24, 9 p.m.) "This monumental work of 'choral grandeur and melodic richness' (The New York Times), a reimagining of Goethe 's Faust, is one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House. The title role of Mefistofele is sung by Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in his staged role debut. The cast also features Ramon Vargas (Faust), Patricia Racette(Margherita/Elena), Chuanyue Wang (Wagner/Nereo), Erin Johnson (Marta), Renee Rapier (Pantalis), Luke Lazzaro (Adam) and Brook Broughton (Eve). Maestro Luisotti conducts the SF Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the bold SF Opera production by director Robert Carsen. The performance was recorded in Sept. 2013."

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