SEDUCTION OF THE SENSES – Gala Evening with Ildar Abdrazakov

Ildar Abdrazakov copyright Dario Acosta_6

Prepare to be spellbound by an evening of sublime music, flickering candlelight, delicious food, and the company of fellow opera devotees at the Mar-a-Lago Club. Indulge with champagne before opera’s most dashing bass performs an intimate and impassioned concert. Following the concert, join Ildar for cocktails, simmering conversation, and a sumptuous three-course dinner.

Gala Chairs: Roseanne and Dennis Williams
Honorary Host Chairs: Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Trump
Mar-a-Lago Member Sponsor: Arlette Gordon

Tickets: $1,000 and up, $450 Young Patron (45 and younger)  Limited availability

For additional information please contact Lisa L. Huertas at 561-835-7558.

Ildar Abdrazakov has quickly established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at only 25, the Russian singer has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. Also an active concert artist, he has performed at London’s BBC Proms and at Carnegie Hall, as well as with leading international orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic. Among Abdrazakov’s signature roles are the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro; both the title character and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust; Selim in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia and Assur in his Semiramide.  He is noted for Verdi roles including Filippo II (Don Carlo), Walter (Luisa Miller) and the title characters in Oberto and Attila. Ildar Abrazakov’s discography includes a Grammy Award-winning recording of Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as discs of Cherubini’s Mass, Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Rachmaninoff’s The Miserly Knight, and unpublished arias by Rossini with Chailly. He is also featured on video recordings of Oberto, Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Attila. In early 2014, Delos released his debut solo recording, Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass. His 2000 win at the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Parma thrust him into the international spotlight and led to his debut at La Scala the following year. Since 2007, Abdrazakov has been an ambassador for the Zegna & Music project, a philanthropic initiative founded in 1997 by Ermenegildo Zegna, to promote music and its values. Abdrazakov’s concert attire is generously provided by the designer.

Born in Tbilisi (Georgia), Mzia Bakhtouridze graduated in piano at the Moscow Conservatory under the guidance of Vaša Cačava and Nana Khubutia and immediately began an intense concert career in the most prestigious concert halls of the Soviet Union. Ms. Bakhtouridze also became a professor for chamber music at the Conservatory and collaborated with the Bolshoi Theatre with various conductors such as Evgenij Svetlanov, Gennadij Roždestvenskij, Yuri Temirkanov, Aleksandr Vedernikov and opera singers such as Elena Obraztsova and Paata Burchulaadze. In 1990, Mzia Bakhtouridze moved to Italy to further hone her craft at the Teatro alla Scala. Later she became a musical coach at La Scala collaborating with numerous conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Myung-Whun Chung, Georges Prêtre, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Valery Gergiev, Mstislay Rostropovic, Daniel Harding, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, Nicola Luisotti, Fabio Luisi, and Gianandrea Noseda. During her teaching Mzia also specialized in lieder repertoire with Helmut Deutsch and David Shaw. Besides her activity at the Teatro alla Scala, Mzia Bkhtouridze constantly works as a concert accompanist, which has brought her to perform at the most prestigious international music halls both in Europe and in America alongside singers such as Ramón Vargas, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Roberto Frontali Renato Bruson, Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli, Vitaly Kowaliov, and Fabio Sartori.

6:30PM, Thursday, February 5, 2015
The Mar-a-Lago Club
1100 S Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach, Florida 33480