Born in 1976 in the city of Ufa, then the capital of the Soviet republic of Bashkiria, Ildar Abdrazakov traces his lineage back to Dzhengis Khan. His parents were both artists: his mother was a painter, and his late father a director. He began acting in his father’s stage and film productions at age four, and it was these early experiences that inspired him to pursue a career in the arts. On graduating from the Ufa State Institute of Arts, he joined the Bashkirian Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1998 he made his Mariinsky Theatre debut in the title role of Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” and became in 2000 member of the Opera Company.
Ildar Abdrazakov has quickly established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at only 25, the Russian singer has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and Vienna State Opera. Together with his wife Olga Borodina he was the first Russian to ever have won the Grammy (2011 Verdi Requiem under Riccardo Muti as best classical album and best choral performance). After 2000 (“Lucia di Lammermoor”), 2002 (“Cosi fan tutte”) and 2012 (“Attila”) he appears for the fourth time at the Gergiev Festival Mikkeli.