Muti conducts half-banned Russian bassNews
Ildar Abdrazakov has a peculiar status in these strange times.
He lives in Russia and is due to perform with Valery Gergiev in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. His Ildar Abdrazakov Foundation continues to list its partnerships with Gazprombank and VTB, both of which are banned under western sanctions against the Putin regime.
But Covent Garden had him singing last months in Verdi’s Attila with very few protests and he has now appeared in Salzburg under the baton of Riccardo Muti who reportedly insisted on having him for a scene from Boito’s Mefistofele.
The Vienna State Opera, on the other hand,has blacklisted him.