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Mar 18, 2015

Rolando Villazón returns to Bayerische Staatsoper to star in Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Beginning March 28, Rolando Villazón stars in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, reprising his acclaimed performance in the title role of Jacques Offenbach’s opéra fantastique. The New York Times lauded Rolando’s first appearance in Richard Jones’s staging, admiring how “[the voice] is warm and burnished, with liquid in the tone… It was a pleasure to hear his voice sounding fresh and virile, as the tenor related and enacted episodes involving the poet Hoffmann’s unhappy love life.” "He rightfully received tumultuous ovations,” noted Kurier.

Performances take place March 28 & 31, and April 4.

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Mar 12, 2015

Deutsche Oper Berlin mounts Rolando Villazón’s staging of Puccini's La Rondine, opening March 8

Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Rolando Villa​zón's new production of Puccini's La Rondine, opening on March 8, 2015. Performances of this rarely mounted operetta take place March 8, 12, 14, 18, and 27, as well as June 29 and July 3, 2015. Reserve tickets here.

Rolando gave feature-length interviews about his new staging:

Read the Tagesspiegel feature here.

Read the Berliner Morgenpost feature here.

Feb 23, 2015

Sesamstrasse: Rolando & Elmo explain the word "Temperament"

Rolando Villazón returns to Sesamstrasse, joining Elmo to explain the word "temperament." Watch now.

Feb 20, 2015

Rolando Villazón to star in world premiere of South Pole at Bayerische Staatsoper

The Bayerische Staatsoper recently announced the world premiere production of composer Miroslav Srnka's opera South Pole, featuring Rolando Villazón as British explorer Robert Scott alongside American baritone Thomas Hampson, who portrays the Norwegian adventurer Roald Amundsen. Developed jointly by composer Srnka and Australian playwright Tim Holloway, the opera recounts Scott's and Amundsen's parallel quests to become the first to reach the South Pole. The opera will debut on January 31, 2016.

Discover the cast and creative team.

Feb 6, 2015

Rolando Villazón returns to judge Dein Song singer-songwriter competition, on the air beginning February 9

Rolando Villazón returns as a guest judge on the KIKA network’s young singer-songwriter competition Dein Song. The new series begins Monday, February 9, and airs daily at 19:25 CET. Throughout the series, 18 singer-songwriters develop their work in partnership with various musical sponsors, who include Olly Murs, MC Fitti, Stefanie Heinzmann, Laith Al Deen, Mark Forster, Blank&Jones, Gregor Meyle and Flo Mega.

Check your local listings here. 

Feb 2, 2015

As Macduff, Rolando Villaz​ón returns to Staatsoper Berlin for sold-out Macbeth performances

Rolando Villazón stars in Verdi's Macbeth as Macduff opposite Plácido Domingo in a revival production at the Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim on February 7, 11 and 15, 2015. The sold-out performances feature Domingo in title role, René Pape as Banquo, Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth, Evelin Novak Kammerfrau, and Florian Hoffmann as Malcolm.

Feb 2, 2015

Deutsche Oper Berlin mounts Puccini's La Rondine, staged by Rolando Villazón

Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Rolando Villa​zón's new production of Puccini's La Rondine, opening on March 8, 2015. Performances of this rarely mounted operetta take place March 8, 12, 14, 18, and 27, as well as June 29 and July 3, 2015. Reserve tickets here.

Rolando Villazón recently staged an acclaimed production of Donizetti's Viva la Mamma at the Volksoper Wien. Learn more about it here.

 

Jan 20, 2015

Rolando Villazon’s “Viva la Mamma” garners critical praise

"Rolando Villazón kann komische Opern nicht nur singen, er kann sie auch spielen und inszenieren,” lauds Österreich following the opening of Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma at the Volksoper Wien. Salzburger Nachrichten took note of the staging’s comedy and musical richness: "Rolando Villazón hat viele Pointen eingebaut, auch musikalisch…eine prallbunte Revue. Und jeder hatte seinen Spaß.” To Wiener Zeitung, "Villazón griff die verschiedenen Fäden bei seinem Hausdebüt gekonnt auf und ließ seine Darsteller auf Tempo, Körperlichkeit und slapstickhaften Witz setzen. Seine "Viva la Mamma", die musikalisch vom Orchester und Chor der Volksoper unter Kristiina Poska kraftvoll und agil umgesetzt wurde, ging in die Vollen und gelang letztlich unterhaltsam und kurzweilig.”

Read more praise of Viva la Mamma.

Directed by Rolando Villazón, Viva la Mamma features set design by Friedrich Despalmes and costumes by Susanne Hubrich. Donizetti’s hilarious tale of an opera production gone wrong sees Anja-Nina Bahrmann as the prima donna Corilla, Daniel Ochoa as her husband Stefano, Mara Mastalir as the singer Luisa, Martin Winkler as her mother Agata, Elvira Soukop as Dorothea, Jörg Schneider as Vladimir, Günter Haumer as the conductor, Marco Di Sapia as the Director, and Andreas Mitschke as the theater director. Performances run through March 4, 2015.

Purchase tickets here. ​

Jan 13, 2015

Volksoper Wien presents new staging of Viva la mamma directed by Rolando Villazón

The Volksoper Wien presents Donizetti’s operatic comedy Viva la mamma in a new staging by Rolando Villazón. With sets by Friedrich Despalmes and costumes by Susanne Hubrich, this farcical tale of an opera production gone wrong includes Anja-Nina Bahrmann as the prima donna Corilla, Daniel Ochoa as her husband Stefano, Mara Mastalir as the singer Luisa, Martin Winkler as her mother Agata, Elvira Soukop as Dorothea, Jörg Schneider as Vladimir, Günter Haumer as the conductor, Marco Di Sapia as the Director, and Andreas Mitschke as the theater director.

Viva la mamma opens January 17 at the Volksoper Wien, with performances taking place January 15 through March 4, 2015. 

Purchase tickets here.

Dec 4, 2014

Holiday television specials with Rolando Villazón

This holiday season, Rolando Villazón is featured on three unique television programs airing on European television networks.

"Paris en fête avec Rolando Villazón” on December 22 on France 3

On December 22, France 3 airs "Paris en fête avec Rolando Villazón,” a magnificent, two-hour musical showcase filmed at the iconic Musée d’Orsay. Rolando plays host and guide to performances of waltzes, arias, chansons, cancans, and tziganes by Trenet, Offenbach, Waldteufel, Scotto, Massenet, Puccini, Lehar, Gounod, Gershwin and Verdi. The program features Felicity Lott, Anne-Catherine Gillet, Magali Léger, Vannina Santoni, Julien Behr, Benjamin Bernheim, Vladimir Kapshuk and Nemanja Radulovic, alongside the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Mikko Franck.

"Weihnachten mit Rolando Villazón” at 18:10 CET on Servus TV & RAI

On Christmas Eve, December 24, RAI and Servus TV broadcast "Weihnachten mit Rolando Villazón,” which sees the tenor performing carols in Oberndorf bei Salzburg’s Stille-Nacht-Kapelle and the Wallfahrtskirche Maria Bühel with the Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor. The tenor sings favorite songs of the season, including "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”, which was originated in the Oberndorf chapel.

"Der Heilige und der Papst - Rolando Villazón auf den Spuren von Franziskus” on December 25 at 12.40 CET on ZDF

On December 25, Rolando hosts and presents "Der Heilige und der Papst - Rolando Villazón auf den Spuren von Franziskus.” On Christmas Day, right after Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et obi address, the program embarks on a journey from Rome to Assisi, home of the Pontiff’s namesake. Following the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, Rolando meets musicians, politicians, refugees and people of faith committed to and inspired by the religious figure's principles, and explores the contemporary resonances of poverty and migration.