Jul 28, 2015

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, starring Rolando Villazón, available in United States August 31

This Friday, Deutsche Grammophon releases Die Entführung aus dem Serail for purchase, download, and streaming in the United States following its international release earlier this month. Gramophone praised the leading tenor for his first German role, writing “Villazón sounds assured, both in speech and in song. He has a tendency to charge at phrases like a bull at a gate, which interestingly makes the wimpish Belmonte sound positively heroic. The coloratura in ‘Ich baue ganz’ is very well done, with superb breath control (and what enchanting woodwind-playing, offsetting the Gluckian plodding of the strings!).”

Die Entführung is presented as part of the Mozart Cycle, a survey of the composer’s seven mature operas by Villazón and artistic partner Yannick Nézet-Séguin and is made possible through the generous support of Rolex.

Click here to download Die Entführung aus dem Serail via Apple Music.

Click here to read more acclaim for Rolando’s performance as Belmonte.

Jul 24, 2015

Rolando Villazon celebrates Plácido Domingo with Salzburg Festival

On July 30, Rolando Villazón joins an all-star cast of colleagues to fête Plácido Domingo and the 40th anniversary of the legendary singer's stage debut in Salzburg. The sold-out gala concert marks the tenor's first of two appearances with the Salzburg Festival this season, followed by his role debut as Pylade in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride in August.

Alongside Domingo himself as well as sopranos Maria Agresta, Ana María Martínez, and Krassimira Stoyanova, Rolando is heard in an evening of arias and duets by Verdi, Puccini, and other verismo composers, led by Gianandrea Noseda and featuring the Münchner Rundfunkorchester.

The concert will be broadcast live with delay by BR-KLASSIK beginning at 6:30pm CEST.

Jul 16, 2015

Domingo Gala and Role Debut at Salzburg Festival

July and August bring Rolando Villazón back to the Salzburg Festival for two celebrations: The 40th anniversary of Plácido Domingo's stage debut with the Festival, and Rolando's debut in the role of Pylade in Iphigénie en Tauride.

Rolando joins an all-star cast to celebrate the legendary Domingo's four decades in Salzburg on July 30, appearing alongside Maria Agresta, Ana María Martínez, Krassimira Stoyanova, and Domingo himself under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda.

Later in August, Rolando opens a revival of Gluck's Greek tragedy co-directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier originally for this year's Salzburg Whitsun Festival. With conductor Diego Fasolis, Rolando stars opposite Cecilia Bartoli in the title role and recent Don Giovanni costar Christopher Maltman as Oreste. Iphigénie en Tauride opens August 19 with performances continuing through August 28.

Jul 9, 2015

Rolando adds role of Don Basilio to repertoire for Mozart Cycle performance of Le nozze di Figaro

Following this month’s release of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, the third installment of his Mozart Cycle for Deutsche Grammophon, Rolando Villazón adds another of the composer’s tenor roles to his repertoire when he makes his debut as Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro. The acclaimed Mozartian takes on the role specifically for his cycle of Mozart’s mature-period operas with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, performed live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

For two gala performances on July 16 and 19, Rolando joins an all-star cast that includes Thomas Hampson and Sonya Yoncheva as the Count and Countess Almaviva, Christiane Karg as Susanna, Angela Brower as Cherubino, Anne Sofie von Otter as Marcellina, and Luca Pisaroni in the title role.

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Jul 7, 2015

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, starring Rolando Villazón, now available on Deutsche Grammophon

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, the latest installment in Rolando Villazón and Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Mozart Cycle, is now available internationally on Deutsche Grammophon. Recorded live from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden last July, the performance pairs Rolando as the sensitive Belmonte with soprano Diana Damrau as Konstanze. Thomas Quasthoff is Pasha Selim, Anna Prohaska appears as Blonde, Paul Schweinester sings Pedrillo, and Franz-Josef Selig rounds out the cast as Osmin. Nézet-Séguin conducts the Vocalensemble Rastatt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

The third installment of the Mozart Cycle, the sparkling Entführung follows previously-released recordings of Così fan tutte (2013) and Don Giovanni (2012).

The Mozart Cycle is made possible through the generous support of Rolex.

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Jul 1, 2015

Don Giovanni, starring Rolando Villazón, to be broadcast and streamed live from Royal Opera House July 3

This Friday, Rolando Villazón can be seen and heard by fans around the world as part of the Royal Opera House's BP Big Screens relay and the company's YouTube webcast series presentation of Don Giovanni.

Encoring his acclaimed interpretation of Don Ottavio, Rolando stars alongside Christopher Maltman in the title role, Dorothea Röschmann as Donna Elvira, Simon Bailey as Leporello, Albina Shagimuratova as Donna Anna, Nahuel di Pierro as Masetto, and Julia Lezhneva as Zerlina. Alain Altinoglu conducts the production, directed by Kasper Holten.

Click here to find a BP Big Screens relay location for Don Giovanni.

Click here to stream Don Giovanni via the Royal Opera House YouTube.

(Photo: Bill Cooper)

Jun 16, 2015

Rolando Villazón appears in concert with Orchestre Métropolitain June 21

This Sunday, Rolando Villazón joins Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Montréal for the Orchestre Métropolitain's season finale concert. As the event comes in between performances with the Royal Opera House as Don Ottavio, the program pays homage to Mozart with both an aria from Don Giovanni and a concert work. Further selections include arias from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Massenet's Le Cid, and Verdi's Oberto and Luisa Miller.

Rolando and Yannick continue their joint exploration of Mozart’s operas next month with the release of Die Entführung aus dem Serail on Deutsche Grammophon.

Jun 5, 2015

Rolando stars in Royal Opera House's Don Giovanni

Continuing his acclaimed series of performances in Mozartean roles, Rolando Villazón stars in Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House June 12 through July 3. The Mexican tenor stars in a revival of Kasper Holten’s production, conducted by Alain Altinoglu.

Praised as "an impressive Don Ottavio" by Opera News, Rolando stars opposite Albina Shagimuratova as his fiancée, Donna Anna, with Christopher Maltman in the title role, Dorothea Röschmann as Donna Elvira, and Alex Esposito and Simon Bailey trading off as Leporello.

Rolando also joins the ROH on tour in Japan with this production in September.

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May 28, 2015

Rolando Villazón's "La Traviata" garners critical acclaim in Baden-Baden

„Villazóns Regiekonzeption unterhält und berührt. In ihren besten Momenten, zum Beispiel wenn im Schlussakt der Chor der Masken auf der Hinterbühne sichtbar wird, gewinnt der Trubel der irdischen, stets auf einem Vulkan tanzenden Welt etwas Gespenstisches. Wie in Federico Fellinis Filmen, man denke an die Schlusssequenz von "8½", wird die clownesk-bunte Komödiantenschar – originell visualisiert durch Thibault Vancraenenbroecks Kostüme – zu Protagonisten der Traumdeutung.“ — Badische Zeitung

Read more praise of La Traviata.

Directed by Rolando Villazón, La Traviata features choreography by Philippe Giraudeau, set design by Johannes Leiacker, and costumes by Thibault Vancraenenbroek. Olga Peretyatko stars in the title role opposite Atalla Ayan as Alfredo and Simone Piazzola as Giorgio Germont and under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado. The three-performance run at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden concludes tomorrow.

May 13, 2015

Rolando Villazón directs La Traviata for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

This month, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden presents three performances of Verdi's La Traviata, directed by Rolando Villazón. A noted interpreter of Alfredo in his own right, Rolando stages Verdi's tragic romance with a cast that includes Olga Peretyatko as Violetta, Atalla Ayan as Alfredo, and Ludovic Tézier as Giorgio Germont.

Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the performances, which take place May 22, 25, and 29. Click here for tickets.