10 September 2009, Thursday, 0:10

Ildar Abdrazakov's appearance on Salzburg musical and theatre festival was a success

author: Liya Nagimova

The Mariinsky theatre's soloist Ildar Abdrazakov, Honoured artist RB and a laureate of international contests, appeared successfully on the first-rate musical and theatre forum of Europe — Salzburg festival. Our world-famous fellow-countryman sang in one of the most anticipated premieres — a staging of Rossini's opera "Moses and Pharaon, or the Passage of the Red sea" ("Moise et Pharaon, ou Le passage de la Mer Rouge) of the festival quartermaster Jurgen Flimm and the famous conductor Rikkardo Muti.

"Moses and Pharaon, or the Passage of the Red sea" is a French version of Rossini's opera "Moses in Egypt", presented in 1818 in Naples. For Jurgen Flimm it was the first and, probably, the last work as a stage director.

Ildar Abdrazakov played the leading role of Moses. Music critics and musicologists participating in Salzburg festival gave high praise to Ildar.

— The famous bass was singing his part fantastically, — a Russian musical observer Ilya Ovchinnikov says. — Being on stage almost during the whole performance, he compelled the attention of audience every second.

Salzburg festival (Salzburger Festpiele) — is an annual summer festival in Austria. Along with concerts, there are also opera performances in its program. The festival dates back to 1877, but it reached its flowering age decades later — at the beginning of the 20th century.