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.
Jun 5, 2015
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.
May 28, 2015
„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
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
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.
Apr 20, 2015
The 2015-16 season for Rolando Villazón sees the acclaimed tenor in both new roles and familiar works, with highlights set to include a European concert tour with Cecilia Bartoli, the Royal Opera House tour of Japan, and the world premiere of a new work at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Following a return to the Salzburg Festival in July and August — which will see Rolando in a gala concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s Salzburg debut on July 30 and in his role debut as Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride August 19 through 28 — Rolando joins the Royal Opera House on its tour to Japan in September. From September 13 to 23, he reprises his acclaimed Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a work he sings with the ROH in London this summer.
In October, Rolando returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for two performances as the title role in Massenet’s Werther October 25 and 28. He returns to the Bavarian opera house in January and February of 2016 to star as Robert Falcon Scott in the world premiere of South Pole, Miroslav Srnka and Tim Holloway’s opera about the parallel quests by Scott and Norwegian adventurer Roald Amundsen (sung by Thomas Hampson) to become the first to reach the South Pole. Performances of South Pole take place January 31 to February 11, with an additional showing on July 5, 2016. Rolando also appears in Munich next summer for two performances as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata July 15 and 18, and gives additional performances as Alfredo earlier in 2016 at the Royal Opera House on March 1, 4, and 7.
December of 2015 sees Rolando Villazón paired with Cecilia Bartoli for a concert tour of arias, duets, and opera scenes by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. The duo is set to give performances in Munich, Prague, Amsterdam, London, and Paris, with further cities to be announced. Rolando also gives a mini-tour with William Christie in March of 2016 of Mozart’s Il re pastore, performed in concert in Barcelona and Paris with additional engagements also to be announced.
Apr 17, 2015
On April 23, Rolando Villazón sings the first of three performances as Verdi's Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he recently stage-directed Puccini's La Rondine. In one of his acclaimed signature roles, Rolando stars opposite Anja Harteros as Elisabeth of Valois on April 23 and opposite Kristin Lewis on April 30 and May 3. Anna Smirnova sings Princess Eboli, Etienne Dupuis is heard as Rodrigo, and Giacomo Prestia sings Carlos's father, King Philip of Spain. Donald Runnicles conducts Marco Arturo Marelli's production.
Mar 18, 2015
Beginning March 28, Rolando Villazón stars in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, reprising his acclaimed performance in the title role of Jacques Offenbach’s opéra fantastique. The New York Times lauded Rolando’s first appearance in Richard Jones’s staging, admiring how “[the voice] is warm and burnished, with liquid in the tone… It was a pleasure to hear his voice sounding fresh and virile, as the tenor related and enacted episodes involving the poet Hoffmann’s unhappy love life.” "He rightfully received tumultuous ovations,” noted Kurier.
Performances take place March 28 & 31, and April 4.
Mar 12, 2015
Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Rolando Villazón's new production of Puccini's La Rondine, opening on March 8, 2015. Performances of this rarely mounted operetta take place March 8, 12, 14, 18, and 27, as well as June 29 and July 3, 2015. Reserve tickets here.
Rolando gave feature-length interviews about his new staging:
Feb 20, 2015
The Bayerische Staatsoper recently announced the world premiere production of composer Miroslav Srnka's opera South Pole, featuring Rolando Villazón as British explorer Robert Scott alongside American baritone Thomas Hampson, who portrays the Norwegian adventurer Roald Amundsen. Developed jointly by composer Srnka and Australian playwright Tim Holloway, the opera recounts Scott's and Amundsen's parallel quests to become the first to reach the South Pole. The opera will debut on January 31, 2016.