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Rolando Villazon is set to make 'Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod' debut / OPERAWire

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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."

However, it was words from Sir Bryn Terfel that really filled him with excitement. "I did not know a great deal about Llangollen and the festival but my great friend Bryn Terfel has told me what to expect and that makes me very excited," Villazón shared. "I have performed in Wales before, twice at the Bryn Terfel festival. I remember how the Welsh audience completely connects to what we, as performers, sing on the stage and that is so important . . . I see my role as a performer to give my audience the best interpretation I can of the music and words that I sing, and to establish a unique bond with the audience every single time. I treasure this very much." Conductor James Hendry, making his Welsh debut, will lead the British Sinfonietta.

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