Last September 26, was a very important date for Opera for many reasons, it was the Opening night performance of the new 2016-2017 season of the Metropolitan Opera House, it was also the Tenth year Anniversary of the great Serbian Baritone Željko Lučić at the Met, and third, it was the Birthday of one of the greatest Bass singers of our time, Ildar Abdrazakov.
The Beautiful, dark, rich and deep voice of the Bass singers are my favorite Operatic voices, and I have a list of many beloved Bass singers that I admire very much…. Štefan Kocán, Ferruccio Furlanetto, James Morris, René Pape, Cesare Siepi, Robert Lloyd, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Martti Talvela and Ildar Abdrazakov.
Ildar Abdrazakov has very interesting operatic career and it can be compared to the career of another great bass, Ruggero Raimondi. Ildar has performed from Russian Opera, to Verdi and Donizetti to also French Opera.
Mephistopheles in Gounod’s “Faust”, Attila, Prince Igor, Raimondo in Donizetti’s”Lucia di Lammermoor”, Enrico VII in Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena”, Don Basilio in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Escamillo in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Figaro in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” are many of the extraordinary and different roles that Ildar Abdrazakov has performed. Soon, in this new season of the MET, we will see him as Mustafa in Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” and as the title role of “Don Giovanni”.
Happy Birthday, Ildar Abdrazakov!