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Apr 15, 2014

On the air this Thursday: Rolando guests on ZDF's Wilkommen bei Carmen Nebel

As the Easter holiday approaches, Rolando Villazón is a celebrity guest on ZDF's Wilkommen bei Carmen Nebel, airing this Thursday, April 17 at 20:15 CET. For his appearance on the German talk and entertainment show, Rolando performs an aria from his Mozart Concert Arias album, which he is touring across Europe this spring, and takes part in an Easter-themed competition.

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Apr 10, 2014

Rolando stars in sold-out performances of Verdi’s La traviata at Bayerische Staatsoper

Fresh from the first leg of his critically acclaimed Mozart Concert Arias tour, Rolando Villazón returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Alfredo in three sold-out performances of Verdi’s La traviata April 15 to 25. The Mexican tenor stars opposite Sonya Yoncheva as Violetta and Leo Nucci as Giorgio Germont in a production by Andreas Reinhardt. Pietro Rizzo conducts.

Later this month, Rolando returns to the road with the Kammerorchester Basel, continuing his Mozart Concert Arias tour at the Konzerthaus Dortmund (April 29), Philharmonie Berlin (May 2), and London’s Cadogan Hall (May 6). This summer, he appears in recital with Daniel Barenboim at the Teatro alla Scala (May 25), where he also stars in Così fan tutte June 19 to 30. In July, Rolando continues his Mozart opera cycle with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, performing and recording Die Entführung aux dem Serail at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Apr 3, 2014

Mozart Concert Arias tour thrills audiences and critics

“The audience went ballistic, and rightfully so,” raves Abendzeitung München of Rolando’s latest Mozart Concert Arias performance. Critical praise has greeted Rolando’s European tour, which continues in Vienna this evening (April 3), Paris (April 6), Dortmund (April 29), Berlin (May 2), and London (May 6). Rolando shines in the repertoire, writes Operaplus.cz, noting how “Villazón and his darker tenor voice completely govern intonation, breath, declamation and vocal technique, including coloraturas….”

Süddeutsche Zeitung hailed Rolando’s total embrace of Mozart’s music: “Villazón begegnet Mozart mit dem stimmlichen Aplomb, bisweilen auch den veristischen Gestaltungsmitteln des 19. Jahrhunderts. Es ist ein stark rhetorisches, sehr gestisches Singen, das Mozart quasi zum Italiener ehrenhalber macht. (…) (Das) verschafft Villazóns Gesang eine große Direktheit und Dringlichkeit. (...) Damit tut Villazón, was Mozart in einem Brief fordere: Dass der Sänger auch im Konzert vollständig in die Figur hineinschlüpfen solle. Vielleicht sollte man ihn nicht mehr nach Sängermaßstäben messen, sondern nach denen eines ungemein sympathischen Gesamtkunstwerks.”

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