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.

Sep 2, 2014

Special visit to AWO Refugium Lichtenberg

Last week, Clown Rollo made a special visit to the AWO Refugium Lichtenberg, a home for refugees in Berlin. The AWO Refugium provides a first sanctuary for families forced to leave behind their home countries because of war, persecution and extreme poverty. Rollo played for and with children from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Serbia. As the global refugee crisis is worsening every day, any support to institutions like this one is very welcome.

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Aug 28, 2014

Kunststücke Book Launch Event presented by Berliner Ensemble

This Friday, August 29, Rolando Villazón takes a seat on Das Blaue Sofa for a conversation about and reading of his debut novel Kunststücke, released in its first German edition by Rowohlt. Tickets to the event, presented by Berliner Ensemble, are available here.

Aug 26, 2014

Filming new Stars von Morgen series in Berlin

On the heels of a triumphant return to the Salzburg Festival, Rolando Villazón can be found in Berlin this week filming the next installment of Arte’s Stars von Morgen. As the series host and presenter, Rolando introduces the rising talent of classical music. Broadcast details for the new season are forthcoming. Enjoy the 2013 installment here.

Aug 25, 2014

Standing ovations and critical praise greet Rolando Villazón’s sold-out return to Salzburg Festival

Standing ovations and critical acclaim greeted Rolando Villazon’s sold-out return to the Salzburg Festival, where he performed arias by Mozart and Gluck with conductor Ivor Bolton and the Salzburg Festival Orchestra. Salzburger Nachrichten hailed the performance: "Villazóns Hingabe, sein Gespür für dramatische Affekte ließ 'Per pietà, non ricercate' KV 420 und die für Fürsterzbischof Sigismund von Schrattenbach verfasste 'Licenza' KV 36 des zehnjährigen Mozart erstrahlen.”

Looking ahead, Rolando Villazón launches the German edition of his novel Kunststücke with the Berliner Ensemble at an event moderated by Wolfgang Herles this Friday, August 29. Be there for the event.

Aug 18, 2014

Macht und Musik: Die Magie der Dirigenten event in Salzburg; Deutschlandradio Kultur broadcast 22 August

This Wednesday, 20 August, Rolando Villazón joins Wolfgang Herles, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Ivor Bolton, and Echard Roelcke for a discussion on “Das Blaue Sofa” held at Salzburg-Kulisse at 15:30. The conversation will be recorded and broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur at 18:07 on Friday, August 22. Access the live stream here.

Aug 18, 2014

Sold-out Mozart Matinee Performances at Salzburg Festival with Ivor Bolton

On August 22 & 23, Rolando Villazón’s summer season continues with two sold-out Mozart Matinee performances at the Salzburg Festival with conductor Ivor Bolton. As the concerts' featured soloist, Rolando performs Mozart’s “Per pietà, non ricercate”, K. 420 and “Or che il dover” – “Tali e cotanti sono”, K. 36–concert arias captured on his recent solo Deutsche Grammophon album. Gluck’s “Unis dès la plus tendre enfance” from Iphigénie en Tauride also features on the program. Ivor Bolton leads the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.

Aug 11, 2014

Rowohlt releases German edition of Rolando Villazón’s debut novel Kunststücke August 15

This Friday, August 15, Rowohlt releases the German edition of Rolando Villazón’s debut novel Kunststücke. To celebrate the occasion, Rolando is the featured guest of Friederike Westerhaus on radio show Klassik à la carte, airing August 15 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm CEST. That same day, Rolando appears on NDR Talk Show, an episode that will be broadcast that evening from 10:00 pm to midnight. Preview the episode here. 

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Preview: Rolando on Kunststücke

Rolando’s debut novel is also available in Spanish as Malabares (order here) and in French as Jongleries (order here).

Aug 4, 2014

Rolando Villazón’s staging of “L’elisir d’amore” arrives on DVD & Blu-ray August 18, 2014

On August 18, 2014, Deutsche Grammophon will release a DVD & Blu-ray recording of Rolando Villazón’s performance in and staging of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. 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.

The production features a leading cast of singers, including Rolando as Nemorino, Miah Persson as Adina, Roman Trekel as Belcore, and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Dulcamara. 

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Jul 11, 2014

Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Rolando Villzón kicks off the summer festival season at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, where he stars opposite Diana Damrau in three gala concert performances of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail July 21, 24 and 27. The performances are part of Rolando Villazón and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Mozart opera cycle for the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Rolando portrays the sensitive Belmonte in the company of a leading cast that includes Diana Damrau as Konstanze, Thomas Quasthoff as Bassa Selim, Anna Prohaska as Blonde, Paul Schweinester as Pedrillo, and Franz-Josef Selig as Osmin. Nézet-Séguin conducts conducts the Vocalensemble Rastatt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Deutsche Grammophon has released complete recordings of Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni. Last fall, Rolando released a solo album of Mozart Concert Arias, a collection of rarely recorded concert arias for tenor written by the genius composer​, with Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra. Discover the Mozart discography here.