Olga Borodina & Ildar Abdrazakov guest with Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in Ivan theTerrible January 12, 13

With 2013 in full swing, mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and bass Ildar Abdrazakov return to the stage as guest soloists with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, performing Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible at the German capital’s Philharmonie on January 12 and 13. Conductor Tugan Sokhiev leads an ensemble that also includes the Berlin Radio Choir as well as the State andCathedral Choir Berlin. Prokofiev’s music for Sergei Eisenstein’s epic film about this iconic Russian figure will also feature narration by Wladimir Kaminer. Tickets here.

New album: Maxim Vengerov’s Wigmore Hall recital

Hailed by The Guardian as “formidable music-making in which scale and prowess blended to produce edge-of-your-seat excitement,” Maxim Vengerov’s Wigmore Hall recital of Bach and Beethoven with pianist Itamar Golan will be released on the Wigmore Hall Live label on January 29, 2013 – available as a physical album and digital download. You can order it here.

Maxim’s newest recording showcases cornerstones of the violin repertoire, including Bach’s magnificent Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin and Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata. Two encores also feature on the album: the dazzling Scherzo-Tarantelle by Wieniawski and the beloved Hungarian Dance No. 1 by Brahms.

Recorded live on April 5, 2012, Maxim Vengerov’s latest album captures the acclaimed Russian musician’s highly anticipated return to London’s iconic Wigmore Hall.

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Olga Borodina appears in The Tsar’s Bride with Mariinsky Chorus and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev

Following her mesmerizing portrayal of Amneris at the Metropolitan Opera and in the live in HD broadcast to cinemas worldwide, mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina returns to the Mariinsky Theatre for a concert performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic Russian opera The Tsar’s Bride under the baton of Kirov Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev on December 27. The evening boasts a stellar lineup of operatic singers, including Alexei Markov, Yuri Vorobiev, Vladimir Feliauer, Olga Trifonova, and Dmitry Popov.

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Maxim Vengerov guest soloist of Queen’s Medal for Music Gala Concert with London Symphony Orchestra

On Wednesday, December 5, violinist Maxim Vengerov performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Queen’s Medal for Music Gala Concert in the presence of the LSO’s patron, Her Majesty the Queen. The evening will feature the world premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Fanfare: Her Majesty’s Welcome. The Gala event will also include a performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations, conducted by Robin Ticciati, Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Music Director designate of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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PBS to broadcast 2012 Richard Tucker Gala featuring Olga Borodina and Ildar Abdrazakov December 13

Mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina’s and baritone Ildar Abdrazakov’s performances at the 2012 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala will be televised nationally in the United States beginning Thursday, December 13 as part of PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” series. Olga offers her signature rendition of “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Samson et Dalila and shares the stage with Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in “Zachem ty?” from Rimksy-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride. Ildar sings the comical “La calunnia è un venticello” from Il barbiere di siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini and joins fellow baritone Quinn Kelsey in “Uldino, a me dinanzi… Tardo per gli anni… Vanitosi!” from Verdi’s Atilla. The gala features some of the most renowned voices in opera today, including Jamie Barton, Stephen Costello, Tara Erraught, Giuseppe Filianoti, Gerald Finley, Marcello Giordani, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Erwin Schrott, and the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner, Ailyn Pérez.

Watch the entire program streaming online here.