June, 1 2018, at 20.00

On June 1, the Heydar Aliyev Center is to welcome recognized opera singers Yana Melikayeva and Askar Abdrazakov. The concert will offer a unique opportunity for classical music lovers to enjoy fascinating voices and magnificent performance.The soloists will perform pieces from various operas along with famous romantic songs. Some pieces are to be presented in duet accompanied by the U.Hajibeyli Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra with Fuad Ibrahimov as a conductor.Yana Melikayeva is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. She was the first vocal trainee of Tamara Sinyavskaya, the USSR People’s Artist, with Muslim Magomayev, a world-renowned singer and composer, personally involved in her classes and speaking highly of her talent. Yana Melikayeva is the winner of a number of international contests.With her captivating mezzo-soprano, the opera diva’s repertoire varies from Pyotr Chaikovski’s love ballads to leading opera arias, such as Lyubasha in The Czar’s Fiancée, Johanna in The Maid of Orleans, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Carmen in Carmen, Orpheus in Orpheus and Eurydice, Delilah in Samson and Delilah, just to mention a few.Askar Abdrazakov, the People’s Artist of Bashkortostan, is the graduate of Ufa State Conservatoire, followed by post-graduate studies at Moscow State University. While a student, he won a series of international contests, including the 1995 Grand Prix at the Maria Callas International Contest.The stages he performed include the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg), Metropolitan Opera (New York), Washington National Opera, La Scala (Milan). Gran Teatro dal Liceu (Barcelona), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Teatro Real (Madrid), Bavarian State Opera (Munich), State Opera Berlin, Hamburg Opera House, etc.He performed with Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Mirella Freni, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko.Abdrazakov’s repertoire includes arias of Boris in Boris Godunov, Atilla in Atilla, Philip II in Don Carlos, Banquo in Macbeth, Don Quixote in Don Quixote, Mephistopheles in Faust and others.