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It has been a triumphant year for Rolando Villazón, appropriately crowned at Berlin's Konzerthaus on October 6, 2013 with the "Best Solo Recording/Voice (arias/recitals)" award for his highly-praised Villazón Verdi tribute at Germany's 20th ECHO Klassik ceremony. The star tenor not only collected the prestigious solo artist prize, but also performed and co-hosted the annual event, for the second time. Now the singer is putting the focus squarely on his most beloved of composers: the coming year will be "all Mozart, all the time," Villazón proclaims, and presents his new album, Mozart Concert Arias – a collection of rarely recorded concert arias for tenor written by the genius composer, recorded with Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra. The album will be released January 21, 2014 in the US.
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Rolando Villazon hits Austrian and German stages in 2020 / The Berlin Spectator
Rolando Villazón is one of the most famous tenors of his generation. Villazón is scheduled to hit as many as five Austrian and German stages in 2020. The opera he will be performing in is Claudio Monteverdi's ‘L'Orfeo'. Opera lovers in Germany have every reason to rejoice. The French-Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón will be bringing ‘L'Orfeo' to Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, D&u...
Rolando Villazon is set to make 'Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod' debut / OPERAWire
Rolando Villazón is set to make his Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod debut at the festival's Classical Gala on Jul. 2, 2019. The star tenor is honored to be following in the footsteps of Luciano Pavarotti, who "first sang [on the Llangollen stage] with his father's choir from Modena in Italy in 1955 before returning in triumph 40 years later as an international superstar." Howe...
5th of 7 Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Rolando Villazon - Mozart operas for DG, now out / ClassicsToday
This is the fifth in Yannick Nézet-Séguin's and Rolando Villazon's undertakings of seven Mozart operas to be laid down for DG. The Don G was terrific, the Cosi and Abduction filled with fine moments, and the Nozze mediocre. Nézet-Séguin's approach has been consistent–a wise mixture of traditional Mozart playing that would not be out of place on a Colin Davis or Karl B&ou...
Villazon, Abdrazakov, Nezet-Seguin in a thrilling choice of dramatic and comic duets / WFMT 'Featured New Release'
Two of the world's top opera stars – Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón and Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov – are joined by dynamic young Canadian maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, future music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, for a thrilling choice of dramatic and comic duets. The program features music from great 19th-century Italian and French operas, including th...
Rolando Villazon - Treasures of Bel Canto / WFMT: New Release Of the Week
Italian music in the 19th century is most often summed up in a single word: opera. Yet, for all its importance, opera was only the magnificent tip of the iceberg of Italian musical life. Instrumental, orchestral and, in particular, sacred music all abounded in Ottocento Italy. The fours composers featured in this all-new recital are all known mostly for their operatic output, yet each was also an a...
Rolando Villazon plays Cadogan Hall: London / The Guardian review
Sometimes one heads to a concert alert with uncertainty about the event. For example, here was one of the big-name lyric tenor charmers popping up in the relative intimacy of Cadogan Hall, in a programme of Mozart, not the Italian warhorses. And he was singing not even mainstream operatic Mozart, but concert arias that mostly remain on the margins of the repertoire. Yet if Rolando Villazó...