Opera Lively interviewed via Skype [Opera Lively interview # 65] the very successful Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov, who has had excellent performances in some of the most prestigious opera houses, including the current title roles in Le Nozze di Figaro
and Don Giovanni
back to back from October through December 2012 at the Metropolitan Opera House, where he was also seen alongside Anna Netrebko last season in Anna Bolena as Henry VIII, and with Anna as well in Lucia di Lamermoor
a few seasons back (the DVD of the former had a different casting, but the DVD of the latter does have Ildar alongside Anna). It's about time that we pay more attention to this gifted singer. Questions by Mary Auer and Luiz Gazzola0.
All the portraits below are being used with authorization from the singer's publicist who sent us the pictures, credited to Dario Acosta. The production pictures for Le Nozze di Figaro
were kindly sent by the Met Press Department and are credited to Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera.
© Dario Acosta
Ufa, Republic of Bashkiria, Russian Federation, on 26 September 1976
Bass (lyric and buffo roles)
Currently in: Le Nozze di Figaro
, title role, Metropolitan Opera House - October 26, 29; November 3, 7, 10, 13, 17, 2012. Tickets [here
Next in: Don Giovanni
, title role, Metropolitan Opera House - November 28, December 1, 5, 8, 11, 15, 20, 2012. Tickets [here