Grammy award winner Ildar Abdrazakov has established himself as one of the most world’s most sought-after basses. Since his début at Milan’s La Scala in 2001 aged only 25, he has been a regular guest at all the world’s leading opera houses. Equally popular as a concert performer, his appearances include the BBC Proms and New York’s Carnegie Hall, and he has worked with top conductors and orchestras, for example the Vienna Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was born in Ufa (Russia) and began his acting career at the age of four in his father’s stage and screen productions. After graduating from Ufa’s State Institute of Arts, he joined the Bashkirian State Opera, and won a number of prominent singing competitions in the 1990s. Since his 2004 début at the New York Metropolitan Opera in »Don Giovanni« he has been a regular there, and he is also a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, the Mariinski Theatre, Opéra national de Paris, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Semperoper, Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Recent highlights include the title role in Verdi’s »Attila« and Silva (»Ernani«) at Milan’s La Scala, Banquo (»Macbeth«), Figaro (»Le nozze di Figaro«), Assur in Rossini’s »Semiramide« and Leporello (»Don Giovanni«) at the Metropolitan Opera, Philippe II (French version, »Don Carlos«) and the title role in »Boris Godunow« at the Opéra national de Paris. Ildar Abdrazakov débuted as director at the Bashkirian State Opera with a production of »Attila«. He has his own foundation, which he established to support and promote young talented musicians, and has organized annual festivals in Russia since 2018, inviting prominent singers to perform in concerts and give masterclasses. He became artistic director of the Elena Obraszova International Academy of Music in Saint Petersburg in 2014. At the Wiener Staatsoper he has sung Escamillo (»Carmen«), Don Giovanni, Mustafà (»L’italiana in Algeri«) and the four villains in »The Tales of Hoffmann«.