In the case of world-renowned, Russian-born bass Ildar Abdrazakov, 37, Italian opera has made him a premiere singer in the operatic world. A native of Ufa, capital of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, Ildar now has taken his voice to a new level, and he will perform in the Metropolitan Opera's production of 'Prince Igor,' to open Oct. 22.
With the Metropolitan Opera sliding down the slopes of bankruptcy, and with the possibility of closing its doors due to an inevitable lockout, Peter Gelb has come under serious heat.
Every spring, the Music Academy Chorus of Northwestern University presents a concert of Russian music that is part of a larger course in Russian culture.
The merits of new and old colliding are vast. The distinction between an early and late New York City is continually blurred as gentrification bleeds in both directions. That said, there may not be a more perfect blend of young and old than at the downtown dwelling (Le) Poisson Rouge, where the Metropolitan Opera has been hosting a series (starting and relating with Alexander Borodin's masterpiece, Prince Igor).