Aug 24, 2015
As was announced earlier today, Rolando Villazón’s production of L’elisir d’amore, filmed live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden for Deutsche Grammophon, has received a 2015 ECHO Klassik Award in the category of “DVD Recording of the Year.” Rolando's debut as both stage director and singer, this 2012 account of Donizetti's comedy was inspired by the cartoon character Lucky Luke and the Spaghetti Western tradition, set in a film studio in the 1930s and evoking the spirit of the Old West. The DVD and Blu-ray release also includes a special behind the scenes featurette, filmed by Friedemann Hottenbacher.
Rolando will be seen as both honoree and co-host at the ECHO Klassik Awards this year, leading the celebration of achievements in classical music by German and international artists with TV presenter Nina Eichinger on October 18 at the Konzerthaus Berlin. It will be broadcast on the same evening beginning at 10:00pm local time by ZDF.
Aug 7, 2015
Today marks the pre-sale date for Rolando Villazón's Treasures of Bel Canto, the tenor's latest studio recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Recorded with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and conductor Marco Armiliato, this October 2 release sees Rolando returning to the roots of the Italian romantic vocal tradition with a selection of exquisite melodies of simple beauty and passion written by the greatest of Italian opera composers including Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, and Verdi.
Well known favorites include Rossini's "La danza," Bellini's "Vaga luna," and Rossini's "Les Amants de Séville," the lattermost track recorded with Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando's costar in the Salzburg Festival's Iphigénie en Tauride as well as his concert partner on tour in Europe this December.
Aug 4, 2015
Following his appearance in a star-studded gala to honor Plácido Domingo, Rolando Villazón continues his summer with the Salzburg Festival in his first performances as Pylade in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride. In a revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's 2015 Whitsun Festival production, Rolando stars opposite Cecilia Bartoli in the title role before the two reunite later this year for a multi-city concert tour.
Also featured in the production is Christopher Maltman as Oreste, Michael Kraus as Thoas, and Rebeca Olvera as Diane. Diego Fasolis conducts.
Jul 28, 2015
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.
Jul 24, 2015
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
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
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.
Jul 7, 2015
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.
Jul 1, 2015
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.
(Photo: Bill Cooper)
Jun 16, 2015
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.