Friday, February 18, 2011

Winning Couple: Olga Borodina & Ildar Abdrazakov

(Photo: Alexander Vasiljev)
Mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and bass Ildar Abdrazakov, a married couple who both started out at the Mariinsky Theater and rapidly rose to worldwide fame performing at Milan’s La Scala and New York’s Metropolitan Opera, shared their first Grammy award this week. 'I am very happy that my first Grammy and Ildar’s is a family one,' Borodina told reporters at the Mariinsky Theater on Monday. The couple won the prestigious prize in the Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance categories for the recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Riccardo Muti. In order to see
more of each other, the couple try to work together as much as possible. 'We have already gotten to the stage where the managers of the world’s most acclaimed venues ask us what we would like to perform, on what date, and with which conductor,' Borodina said." [Source]