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Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov

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ChicagoDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
James Gaffigan; Robert Falls; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Walt Spangler; Ana Kuzmanic; Ildar Abdrazakov; Matthew Rose

New York CityLa Damnation de Faust

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
Edward Gardner; Robert Lepage; Metropolitan Opera; Carl Fillion; Karin Erskine; Bryan Hymel; Michael Spyres

MunichDon Carlo(s)

Don Carlo(s)
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Andrea Battistoni; Jürgen Rose; Bavarian State Opera; Ildar Abdrazakov; Charles Castronovo

ViennaSolistenabend Ildar Abdrazakov | Rolando Villazón

Carrie-Ann Matheson; Ildar Abdrazakov; Rolando Villazón

ParisPrince IgorNew production

Borodin: Prince Igor
Philippe Jordan; Barrie Kosky; Opéra national de Paris; Rufus Didwiszus; Klaus Bruns; Ildar Abdrazakov; Elena Stikhina
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In memoriam: Verdi's Requiem in Salzburg

Riccardo Muti © Salzburg Festival | Marco Borrelli
Riccardo Muti conducted a stirring performance of Verdi's Requiem to mark the 30th anniversary of Karajan's death.
****1
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Saoia Hernández wins La Scala hearts in Attila

Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Outstanding vocal and orchestral performances light up La Scala's season opener, matched to a conservative but visually arresting staging from Davide Livermore.
****1
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Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi's fifth opera can be considered a blueprint for Trovatore and deserves a more regular place in the repertoire, but it needs more sincere advocacy than Bechtolf is prepared to grant.
***11
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Camels and comic capers in Algiers: Italiana in Salzburg

José Coca Loza (Haly), Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella) and Alessandro Corbelli (Taddeo) © Monika Rittershaus
Cecilia Bartoli is joined by frequent collaborators Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier in a fun-filled Rossini farce full of Italian sunshine. Big grins all round. 
*****
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A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Despite a great cast, the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Semiramide bores with tacky costumes and no direction.
**111
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