Askar Abdrazakov has recently performed Philippe II in Don Carlos at the Lithuanian National Opera, Khovansky in Khovanshchina at Oper Stuttgart and several roles at the Mariinsky Theatre, including Procida in I Vespri Siciliani, Ruslan in Ruslan I Lyudmila, Tsar Saltan in The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the King of Clubs in The Love for three Oranges.
His vast repertoire includes the title roles of Boris Godunov, Don Quichotte, Mefistofele and Attila, Zaccaria, Banco, Fiesco, Méphisto, Gremin, Dosifey and Khovansky in Khovanshchina, Kochubei in Mazepa, Narbal in Les Troyens, Sparafucile and Faraone in Rossini’s Mosé.
Askar Abdrazakov debuted in 1994 at the Bregenz Festival in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia. Soon after he was invited to the Bolshoi Theatre as Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Konchak in Prince Igor. Since then he has performed in world’s leading theatres, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington Opera, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, NHK Hall Tokyo, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Teatro Real Madrid, Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Megaron Hall in Athens, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Comunale in Firenze, Teatro Regio and Teatro Massimo in Turin, Arena di Verona a.o.
Born in Ufa, capital of Bashkortostan in Russia, Askar Abdrazakov graduated from the Ufa State Conservatory and then undertook a postgraduate study at the Moscow State Conservatoire. While still a student, the singer won international competitions such as Maria Callas Competition 1995 (Grand Prix), Feodor Shaliapin Competition 1994 (1st prize), Sergey Rachmaninov Competition 1998 (1st prize).