The international bass Ildar Abdrazakov has tested positive for Covid-19 after singing opposite Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov in Moscow in the Bolshoi’s Don Carlo.
Ildar has gone into quarantine and the opera has been suspended.
Ildar writes on social media:
Dear friends! The day before yesterday evening, after the second performance of Don Carlos at the Bolshoi Theater, I felt unwell, a slight fever rose and I decided to take the coronavirus test again. A preliminary positive result came this morning .. 😔
We held two amazing performances on September 6 and 8. The opening of the 245th anniversary season at the Bolshoi Theater turned out to be grandiose without exaggeration! I was very happy to work with my dear friends Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov, Elchin Azizov, Agunda Kulaeva, Denis Makarov, Nikolai Kazansky, the excellent conductor Anton Grishaev and all other colleagues! Bravo, friends !!!
The most important thing is that a start has been made, and as we all know: beauty and art will save the world!
Many thanks to the entire highly professional team of the Bolshoi Theater headed by Vladimir Urin, thanks to our dear viewers, to each of you – you greeted us with deafening applause. We were all looking forward to each other!
In spite of everything, I wish the Bolshoi Theater a successful season, let it be as bright and high as it started! And may everyone be healthy !!!
UPDATE: Netrebkos test negative.