Nov 27, 2013
This December Rolando presents four new episodes of “Stars von morgen” on Arte. For the program's third season, Rolando introduces rising talents, including pianist Conrad Tao, baritone Andrei Bondarenko, the Hermès Quartet, Cellist Valentin Radutiu and violinist Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier. Watch each new episode as they air December 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 1830 CET on ARTE. Preview the series & find local listings here.
Nov 26, 2013
Rolando Villazón returned to the Metropolitan Opera this past weekend, singing Lenski in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin to audience and critical acclaim. The New York Times lauded the performance. "He sang with confidence and poise during “Kuda, Kuda,” his big aria in the duel scene. His impassioned delivery and heartfelt demeanor rendered his portrayal of the love-struck young poet entirely convincing."
Warm applause greeted the Mexican tenor as he took the stage on Saturday evening. As Latinos Post writes, he responded "with a powerful rendition of the tragic poet that reminded audiences of what made him a house favorite a few seasons ago." It was a "dramatically committed" performance, notes the Huffington Post. His final aria "'Kuda kuda' was a true showstopper. Villazón started the aria quietly, his body frozen in place. As the aria progressed and the intensity of the melodic line increased, the tenor pushed his voice to the limit; the final phrases sounded as close to sobs as any human voice is capable of expressing.... the image of the tragic hero could not be more beautifully rendered" (Latinos Post).
Rolando's performances at the Metropolitan Opera continue through December 12.
(Photo by Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)
Nov 8, 2013
On November 23, Rolando Villazón makes his return to New York's Metropolitan Opera, starring in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin as the title character's once friend, Lenski. Alongside Rolando is Peter Mattei, the Byronic title character who pompously rejects the love of the young Tatiana, sung by Marina Poplavskaya. Elena Maximova portrays Tatiana's sister Olga, and Stefan Kocán is Gremin, the prince who rescues Tatiana from lovelorn despair.
Rolando's performances at the Metropolitan Opera in Deborah Warner's new production run through December 12. Learn more & purchase tickets here.