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 Villazón is no longer the new Domingo, he is perhaps the new Villazón. Nowadays, the personable Mexican tenor is tiptoeing more carefully around the repertoire. But this concert with the 31-strong Basel Chamber Orchestra, directed by Florian Donderer, grew in plausibility. By the end, it felt like a serious reinvention project, well executed by a singer of note, to illuminate neglected arias by someone who never wrote anything that can be overlooked. READ THE FULL Guardian CONCERT REVIEW.