Ildar Abdrazakov Out of Opéra de Paris’ ‘Don Quichotte’

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra de Paris has announced a cast change for its production of “Don Quichotte.”

The company said, “Ildar Abdrazakov will not be playing the title role in this season’s new production of ‘Don Quichotte.'” As a result, Christian Van Horn will play the role of Don Quichotte for performances on May 10, 14, 17, 21, 23, 26, and 29, 2024.”

The news comes a few days after Abdrazakov publicly endorsed Vladimir Putin for reelection at a campaign event.

Abdrazakov recently performed at the Ravenna Festival and is still scheduled to sing with the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Wiener Staatsoper. The rest of his engagements are scheduled in Russia.

Van Horn is set to join a cast that includes Marianne Crebassa, Étienne Dupuis, Emy Gazeilles, Marine Chagnon, Maciej Kwaśnikowski, and Nicholas Jones. Mikhail Tatarnikov conducts the new production by Damiano Michieletto.

“Don Quichotte” will be performed from May 10 to June 11 at the Opéra Bastille.