“Ildar Abdrazakov is the man of the hour or maybe the whole month. The bass is on the cover of the February issue of Opera News. He is currently starring in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Prince Igor. To coincide with the opening, Delos has just released his first solo recording, ‘Power Players,’ comprised of arias from Russian operas.
“Throughout the CD, Abdrazakov produces a luscious tone and injects a panoply of colors depending on the character or the situation. He gets into each role, whether he is a tyrant, a patriot or a worrying parent. The breath control that made his bel canto roles so effective is apparent here as well. … ‘Power Players’ is beautifully sung and contains some of the most famous arias by Russian composers. The singer is well accompanied by Lithuania’s Kaunas City Symphony and Kaunas State Choir under the baton of Constantine Orbelian (an American who has had an impressive career in Russia).” —Barry Bassis, The Epoch Times
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