Ildar Abdrazakov has established himself as one of the most sought-after basses performing today. Since his debut at La Scala, Milan in 2001 at the age of 25, he has been a regular guest at all the major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opéra and the Bavarian State Opera. His powerful voice and captivating stage presence have been highly praised by the critics. Ildar Abdrazakov is also a much sought-after concert singer, appearing at the BBC Proms and Carnegie Hall, as well as working with the most important conductors and orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include the title role in Verdi’s Attila and Silva (Ernani) at Milan’s La Scala, Banquo (Macbeth), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Assur in Rossini’s Semiramide and Leporello (Don Giovanni) at the Metropolitan Opera, Philippe II (Don Carlos) and the title role in Boris Godunov at the Opéra national de Paris.
Ildar Abdrazakov began the 2020/21 season at the Bolshoi Theatre. Another highlight this season was his performance in the title role in a new production of Boris Godunov at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Ildar Abdrazakov’s concert appearances this season include a recital with pianist Mzia Bach-touridze at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.
He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 in a new production of Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon under Riccardo Muti. He has returned regularly, including as Méphistophélès in a new production of Faust, Mustafà alongside Cecilia Bartoli in a new production of Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and performances of the Verdi Requiem under Riccardo Muti.
Ildar Abdrazakov has set up his own foundation to support and promote talented young musicians. Since 2018 he has organized an annual festival in Russia and invited various renowned singers to give concerts and lead masterclasses.
Ildar Abdrazakov has been an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon since 2017. His album Duets, recorded with Rolando Villazón, was released in September that year. His first solo album Verdi was released during the summer of 2019.