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September 3, 2009

Borodina, Abdrazakov to give concert for Washington Nat'l Opera with Domingo conducting

Fans of Russian singers will want to take note of a concert next month featuring Olgar Borodina, whose sumptuous mezzo is a force to be reckoned with, and her husband, the excellent bass Ildar Abdrazakov.

The event is being presented by Washington National Opera; Borodina and Abdrazakov starred in the company's 2006 production of "The Italian Girl in Algiers."

WNO general director (and pretty good tenor) Placido Domingo will conduct the program, which, naturally, includes a lot of Russian fare -- works by Glinka, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.

There's also room for some Rossini, Verdi, Ponchielli, Bizet and Cilea, so don't expect to get home early that night. 

The concert is at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $30 to $140. More info here.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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