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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Dec 3, 2014

Rolando is featured guest for sold-out Staatskapelle Berlin New Year’s concerts

Rolando Villazón celebrates the arrival of 2015 as guest soloist with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim. The sold-out New Year Concerts, which take place December 31 and January 1 at the Schillertheater, feature a unique program of Argentine tango.

Nov 7, 2014

Salzburg Festival announces Rolando VIllazón’s role debut as Pylade opposite Cecilia Bartoli in Iphigénie en Tauride

The Salzburg Festival today announced that Rolando Villazón will make his role debut as Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride opposite Cecilia Bartoli in the title role and Christopher Maltman as Oreste. The summer performances, which take place August 19, 22, 24, 26, and 28, 2015, are conducted by Diego Fasolis and directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.

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Oct 29, 2014

Rolando Villazón presents Stars von Morgen on ARTE this November

Throughout the month of November, Rolando Villazón appears on the ARTE network presenting a new season of Stars von Morgen, a showcase of outstanding musical talent. The Jungen Sinfonie Berlin, conducted by Domingo Hidoyan and Patrick Lange, performs alongside this year’s lineup of artists. Tune in every Sunday throughout November at 18:30 CET to watch on television or on


9 November at 18:30 CET 

Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano), Adam Plachetka (bass baritone), Nemanja Radulovic (violin), Trio Karénine

16 November at 18:30 CET

Sonya Yoncheva (soprano), Antonio Poli (tenor), Kit Armstrong (piano), Die Chorjungen

23 November at 18:30 CET

Kristina Mkhitaryan (soprano), Hwayoon Lee (viola), Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet), German Hornsound

30 November at 18:30 CET

Michael Barenboim (violin), Inga Fiolia (piano), Zhengzhong Zhou (baritone), Ni Fan (Percussion)

Oct 23, 2014

ZDF broadcasts ECHO Klassik Awards, co-hosted by Rolando, on Sunday, October 26

This Sunday, October 26, Rolando Villazón and TV presenter Nina Eichinger co-host the 2014 ECHO Klassik Awards, a spectacular celebration of achievements in classical music by German and international artists. ZDF broadcasts the festivities this Sunday evening at 22:00 CET. Check your local listings here. 

Presented by the German music industry cultural institute Deutsche Phono-Akademie, the ECHO Classic Awards take place this year at Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig. From soprano Anna Netrebko to conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the 2014 awards feature a host of musical luminaries that include soloists, ensembles, and even notable initiatives supporting young talent.

Don’t miss Rolando on the ECHO Klassik Awards, broadcast on ZDF at 22:00 on Sunday, October 26.

Rolando Villazón is the winner of nine ECHO Klassik Awards. This year’s festivities mark his third time hosting the awards ceremony.

Sep 24, 2014

Rolando’s Playlist: Arias & Duets

Discover and enjoy Rolando’s new Spotify playlist, a collection of arias and duets that preview the tenor’s upcoming tour with soprano Pumez Matshikiza and conductor Guerassim Voronkov.

The tour begins October 11 at Zlín’s Congress Center, and includes appearances at London’s Royal Festival Hall (October 14), Moscow’s Great Tchaikovsky Hall (October 17), Vienna’s Konzerthaus (October 20), Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (October 22), Hamburg’s Laieszhalle (October 28), Düsseldorf’s Tonhalle (November 1), Munich’s Gasteig (November 4), Helsinki’s Musikkitalo (November 8), Aalborg’s Musikkens Hus (November 13), and Hannover’s Kuppelsaal (November 26). Purchase tour tickets here.

Sep 23, 2014

Performance spotlight: “L’elisir d’amore”

Enjoy this new clip from Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD/Blu-ray recording of L’elisir d’amore, starring and staged by Rolando Villazón.

“Una furtiva lagrima” performed by Rolando Villazón

Inspired by the cartoon character Lucky Luke and the Spaghetti Western-tradition, Rolando's staging for the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus is not only a film studio in the thirties but also a Western at the same time. In addition to the opera, the DVD & Blu-ray include a special “Behind the scenes ‘Rolando Villazón's 'L´elisir d´amore' in the wild West’ feature, filmed by Friedemann Hottenbacher. The production marks Rolando’s debut as both stage director and singer.

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Sep 3, 2014

Monteverdi’s Il combattimento at Musikfest Bremen with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée

This Thursday, September 4, Rolando Villazón reprises his acclaimed performance in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda at Musikfest Bremen. Rolando reunites with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée, with whom the Mexican tenor recorded Monteverdi’s operatic scena for Virgin Classics. Monteverdi’s musical drama centers around three singers – Rolando, tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, and soprano Lenneke Ruiten – who recount the tragic love story of Clorinda and Tancredi, caught in the politics and violence of the first crusade.