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May 13, 2015

Rolando Villazón directs La Traviata for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

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

2015-16 season for Rolando Villazón highlights new horizons and familiar works

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.

Click here to explore Rolando’s full schedule.

Apr 17, 2015

Rolando headlines Don Carlo at Deutsche Oper Berlin

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.

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Mar 18, 2015

Rolando Villazón returns to Bayerische Staatsoper to star in Les Contes d’Hoffmann

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.

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Mar 12, 2015

Deutsche Oper Berlin mounts Rolando Villazón’s staging of Puccini's La Rondine, opening March 8

Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Rolando Villa​zón'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:

Read the Tagesspiegel feature here.

Read the Berliner Morgenpost feature here.

Feb 23, 2015

Sesamstrasse: Rolando & Elmo explain the word "Temperament"

Rolando Villazón returns to Sesamstrasse, joining Elmo to explain the word "temperament." Watch now.

Feb 20, 2015

Rolando Villazón to star in world premiere of South Pole at Bayerische Staatsoper

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.

Discover the cast and creative team.

Feb 6, 2015

Rolando Villazón returns to judge Dein Song singer-songwriter competition, on the air beginning February 9

Rolando Villazón returns as a guest judge on the KIKA network’s young singer-songwriter competition Dein Song. The new series begins Monday, February 9, and airs daily at 19:25 CET. Throughout the series, 18 singer-songwriters develop their work in partnership with various musical sponsors, who include Olly Murs, MC Fitti, Stefanie Heinzmann, Laith Al Deen, Mark Forster, Blank&Jones, Gregor Meyle and Flo Mega.

Check your local listings here. 

Feb 2, 2015

As Macduff, Rolando Villaz​ón returns to Staatsoper Berlin for sold-out Macbeth performances

Rolando Villazón stars in Verdi's Macbeth as Macduff opposite Plácido Domingo in a revival production at the Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim on February 7, 11 and 15, 2015. The sold-out performances feature Domingo in title role, René Pape as Banquo, Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth, Evelin Novak Kammerfrau, and Florian Hoffmann as Malcolm.

Feb 2, 2015

Deutsche Oper Berlin mounts Puccini's La Rondine, staged by Rolando Villazón

Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Rolando Villa​zón'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 Villazón recently staged an acclaimed production of Donizetti's Viva la Mamma at the Volksoper Wien. Learn more about it here.