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Rolando Villazón

Through his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world, Rolando Villazón has firmly established himself as one of the music world’s most critically acclaimed and beloved stars and as one of the leading tenors of our day. Heralded as “the most charming of today’s divos” (The Times) and “a great singer and brilliant entertainer, at once extremely funny and deeply profound” (Crescendo), Rolando Villazón is among the most versatile artists alive today, maintaining successful careers as a stage director, novelist, and TV personality next to his on-stage career. His singularly beautiful voice and arresting stage presence have prompted critics to hail him as “better than ever before…the sound of his voice is phenomenal…few tenors of such vocal power can shape such pianissimi” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and “his artistry as astonishing as ever, fusing sound, sense and gesture in an uncompromising quest for veracity” (The Guardian).

Latest News:

  • 06.06.2017 - Rolando Villazón stars in the title role of 'La Clemenza di Tito"

  • Rolando Villazón leads an all-star cast starring in the title role of La Clemenza di Tito in a concert performance on July 6 and 9 at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Gala. He is joined by Sonya Yoncheva as Vitellia, Joyce DiDonato as Sesto, Regula Mühlemann as Servilia, Tara Erraught as Annius, and Adam Plachetka as Publius. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Chamber...

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  • 09.05.2017 - Critics laud Lebenkünstler, Rolando’s second novel

  • Rolando Villazón's second novel Lebenskünstler has earned critical acclaim. NDR hails the work as "eine clevere, mit gewagten, aber funktionierenden Metaphern angereicherte, wahnwitzige Geschichte über Außenseiter, die einem schnell ans Herz wachsen." For BR Klassik, "Lebenskünstler von Rolando Villazón ist wie eine Mischung aus dem Film "Die Fabelhafte Welt der...

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  • 18.04.2017 - Rolando Villazón launches his second book 'Lebenskünstler' in Köln

  • Rolando Villazón launches his new book Lebenskünstler at the Zentralbibliothek der Stadtbibliothek Köln on April 24. Following this launch party, Mr. Villazón travels to Munich to give a much anticipated reading of his newest work on April 28.  Die ZEIT characterized his first book Kunststücke as "a very serious piece of literature" and his second book shows a...

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  • 08.04.2017 - Rolando Villazón celebrates the Metropolitan Opera's 50th Anniversary

  • Rolando Villazón will star in the Metropolitan Opera's 50th Anniversary Gala on May 7 amongst many of today's most internationally celebrated opera stars. This special gala will feature a mix of repertory that both look back at the greatest moments from the past five decades and ahead to future season. A gala dinner will follow this exceptional evening. For tickets and performance information,...

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  • 31.03.2017 - Rolando Villazón:"Monteverdi, c'est du théâtre!"

  • "Rolando Villazón prête sa voix à Ulysse. L'odyssée baroque du ténor franco-mexicain a commencé il y a douze ans avec Monteverdi, sur l'insistance d'Emmanuelle Haïm qui dirige l'orchestre. Il se souvient de leur première rencontre. "Au début, j'avais dit : 'Mais non, ce n'est pas mon répertoire'," raconte-t-il. "Elle m'a parlé...

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  • 22.03.2017 - Rolando Villazón reprises Ulisse in Dijon

  • Following Mr. Villazón's success in 'Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria" at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées the production travels to the Opéra de Dijon for additional performances on March 31 and April 2. Magdalena Kožená reprises her role as Penelope and Emmanuelle Haïm conducts at the head of her Concert d'Astrée. The production has already received...

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