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. 

Olga Borodina stars as Amneris in the Metropolitan Opera’s Aida

Olga Borodina is currently starring at the Metropolitan Opera in Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Aida as the Egyptian princess Amneris, one of the Russian mezzo-soprano’s signature roles. “The combined fervor of Olga Borodina as Amneris and Fabio Luisi at the helm of a fired-up orchestra made for an electrically charged and energetic performance,” writes the New York Times. Olga’s appearances in the Met’s revival of Sonja Frisell’s lush production continue through December 15.

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Maxim Vengerov guests with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra December 16

Violinist Maxim Vengerov joins the Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for a concert on December 16th at the Munich Residenz. The evening features works by Mozart, Bruckner, Mahler, and Ravel; Maxim will also be joined by violinist Anton Barachovsky for a performance of Bach’s Double Concerto in D Minor. Maestro Radoslaw Szulc conducts.

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European appearances take Maxim Vengerov to Hamburg, Madrid, and Belgrade

Maxim Vengerov returns to Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle on November 1 to perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio. The Russian violinist then continues his European appearances in Madrid with the International Menuhin Music Academy. His concert in Spain boasts an expansive musical program that includes Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Bach’s Double Concerto and tour-de-force Partita No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Three Pieces for Violin and Piano. In Belgrade, the Russian violinist joins pianist Itamar Golan for a recital of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms at Kolarac University.

Maxim Vengerov to perform across Asia, Canada, and Europe this October

This October violinist Maxim Vengerov gives a variety of performances around the globe, beginning with recitals in Kyoto (October 5) and Tokyo (October 6). Vengerov continues his Asian appearances in China on October 9 – the opening concert of the Beijing Festival – as the Hallé Orchestra’s guest soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Mark Elder. The Russian violinist and conductor then joins the English Chamber Orchestra for a musical cruise (October 13–17) before heading to Canada to guest with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a concert that features Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Rimsky–Korsakov’s Scheherazade (October 20). Vengerov wraps up his month of international performances in Montreal with Brahms’s Violin Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.