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.
Feb 6, 2015
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.
Feb 2, 2015
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 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 Villazón recently staged an acclaimed production of Donizetti's Viva la Mamma at the Volksoper Wien. Learn more about it here.
Jan 20, 2015
"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.”
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.
Jan 13, 2015
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.
Dec 4, 2014
This holiday season, Rolando Villazón is featured on three unique television programs airing on European television networks.
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.
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.
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 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
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.