Absent bass: Here’s why I’m out of America

Absent bass: Here’s why I’m out of America


norman lebrecht

November 06, 2019

Ildar Abdrazakov cancelled his Don Giovanni in Chicago ‘for family reasons’ but has jumped in for Prince Igor in Paris.

He now explains why.

For those who were worried and curious what are the family circumstances I had to cancel “Don Giovanni” in Chicago for. Please read below.

After Ildar’s recent post about cancellation of Don Giovanni in Chicago due to family reasons we have been receiving a lot of anxious messages about family members’ state of health. So we decided to share the news now! We are expecting to welcome another baby to the family this spring! For the time being I need to be under supervision of my health provider here in Europe. I appreciate Ildar’s care and help with our children, especially now when I need it so much 🙏🏻 And thank you all for being so solicitous.



Ildar is married to Marika Abdrazakova, his third wife.


  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    She seems quite happy to be grabbed by her handles.

  • Allen says:

    His third wife? Maybe he should be singing Bluebeard’s Castle 😉

  • Olassus says:

    One of the many excellent Riccardo Muti protégés.

  • Henry Rosen says:

    What a ”supportive” husband he is.

    I think Chicago are doing much better with the very fine and charismatic Lucas Meachem

  • Enquiring Mind says:

    Is that a scene from Don Giovanni?

  • Gustavo says:

    Tit grabbers’ America

  • John Rook says:

    Classy picture.

  • Maria says:

    Don’t you just love such sensationalism – ugh!

  • Bruce says:

    Congratulations to them both. Funny picture!

  • John Borstlap says:

    What is next: pics of the baby popping-out?

  • Me! says:

    I’m glad they shared with us, the curious and concerned public. Best news out of those possible!

  • Uzi Shalev says:

    Nu, Be’emet….

  • Yaroslavna says:

    Not that this matters too much, but I think it might be good to clarify that the picture they used in this announcement is from a little over three years ago, when beautiful Marika was pregnant with sweet Rihanna – who is their first, her second and his third child; and was later followed by Alexandra, now a two-year-old. I wish nothing but lots of health and joy to this gorgeous, marvelous family!