Ildar Abdrazakov Replaces Evgeny Nikitin In Paris’ ‘Prince Igor’

By Francisco Salazar

Evgeny Nikitin has canceled his participation in the Opéra de Paris’ upcoming performances of Borodin’s “Prince Igor.”

The company announced that due to illness Nikitin would not be able to perform the title role As a result, Ildar Abdrazakov will take over the role.

Abdrazakov recently canceled performances of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago due to family reasons. The bass is well-known for his interpretation of the title role as he has performed it at the Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera. His interpretation is on DVD for Deutsche Gramophone.

This season Abdrazakov is set to sing the role of Filippo in “Don Carlo” at the Salzburg East Festival, Semperoper Dresden, and Bayerische Staatsoper. He also sings Méphistophélès in “La Damnation de Faust” at the Met.

The bass joins a cast that includes Elena Stikhina, Pavel Černoch, Dmitry Ulyanov, Dimitry Ivashchenko, and Anita Rachvelishvili. Philippe Jordan conducts Barrie Kosky’s production.