DVD0714. MEFISTOFELE, Live Performance, 2014, w.Luisotti Cond. San Francisco Opera Ensemble; Ildar Abdrazakov, Ramón Vargas, Patricia Racette, Erin Johnson, Chuanyue Wang, etc. Stage director: Robert Carsen. (E.U.) 2-EuroArts 20 596 78. – 880242596789
“Ildar Amirovich Abdrazakov is a Russian bass opera singer who won a number of vocal competitions in the late 1990s including the Moscow Grand Prix, the Glinka International Vocal Competition, the Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition, and the International Obrazova competition. Abdrazakov's 2000 win at the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Parma led to his recital début at La Scala in 2001. He is now heard worldwide and is principal bass at the Metropolitan Opera.
A forlorn, aged philosopher sets out on a perilous course when he makes a deal with the Devil in this monumental treatment of the Faust tale—an enticingly impressive production from San Francisco Opera. Boito’s resplendent retelling of Goethe’s FAUST, a monumental work of ‘choral grandeur and melodic richness’ (The New York Times) in one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House. The cast includes Ramón Vargas, a tenor ‘in ravishing voice’ (Financial Times), as the philosopher who sells his soul to the Devil; the ‘luminous, compelling’ Patricia Racette (Washington Post) as the woman he desires; and, in the vividly menacing title role, the ‘seductively malevolent’ bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, a ‘fullbodied bass-baritone’ renowned for his ‘wonderfully evil portrayals’ (The New York Times). Italian maestro [is] on the podium, showing once again why ‘we are blessed to have Nicola Luisotti in San Francisco’ (San Francisco Classical Voice).”