We just watched the Met's HD broadcast of Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" for the third time, and with all due respect to the all-star cast that includes Anna Netrebko and Stephen Costello, we think Ildar Abdrazakov is the vocal star of the show. He's also increasingly showing up as one of most searched for singers, which is always a sign of a growing legion of fans.
You can hear him live on Wednesday, August 15th at 11 AM (5 AM EST/2 AM PST) in a broadcast of Hector Berlioz's Grande Messe solennelle from the Salzburg Festival in Austria. The performance is with the Vienna Philharmonic under Riccardo Muti with tenor Saimir Pirgu and soprano Julia Kleiter. The broadcast will be in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound on Austria's public radio station Radio Österreich 1.
The program also includes Liszt's Les Préludes and Von der Wiege bis zu Grabe.
You can next see Ildar Abdrazakov on stage at the Washington National Opera from September 20-October 13 in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Visit their website for additional cast and performance information.