Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov will be spending Verdi’s 200th with the most sought-after Verdi conductor of our time. It wont be in Parma or in Milan, but in Chicago. That conductor, for anyone who’s been hibernating for the last four years, is Riccardo Muti. Abdrazakov considers himself the luckiest bass baritone in the world.
Abdrazakov was the solo bass on the CSO’s Grammy award-winning recording of Verdi’s Requiem under Maestro Muti.
He returns for a one-time performance of the Requiem on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 PM. This performance will be webcast on wfmt.com:
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Tatiana Serjan soprano
Daniela Barcellona mezzo-soprano
Mario Zeffiri tenor
Ildar Abdrazakov bass
Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin will air at its normal time of 7:00 PM on that day. You will be able to listen on-demand to the Thursday edition of Exploring Music, should you choose to watch the Muti webcast.