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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:

  • 17.08.2015 - Treasures of Bel Canto, Rolando Villazón's latest studio album, available for pre-order

  • Today marks the pre-sale date for Rolando Villazón's Treasures of Bel Canto, the tenor's latest studio recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Recorded with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and conductor Marco Armiliato, this October 2 release sees Rolando returning to the roots of the Italian romantic vocal tradition with a selection of exquisite melodies of simple beauty and...

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  • 07.08.2015 - Rolando Villazón makes role debut as Pylade at Salzburg Festival

  • Rolando Villazón makes role debut as Pylade at Salzburg Festival Following his appearance in a star-studded gala to honor Plácido Domingo, Rolando Villazón continues his summer with the Salzburg Festival in his first performances as Pylade in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride. In a revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's 2015 Whitsun Festival production, Rolando stars...

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  • 07.08.2015 - Die Entführung aus dem Serail, starring Rolando Villazón

  • Die Entführung aus dem Serail, starring Rolando Villazón, available in United States August 31 This Friday, Deutsche Grammophon releases Die Entführung aus dem Serail for purchase, download, and streaming in the United States following its international release earlier this month. Gramophone praised the leading tenor for his first German role, writing “Villazón sounds ...

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  • 24.07.2015 - Rolando Villazón Gala and Role Debut at Salzburg Festival

  • July and August bring Rolando Villazón back to the Salzburg Festival for two celebrations: The 40th anniversary of Plácido Domingo's stage debut with the Festival, and Rolando's debut in the role of Pylade in Iphigénie en Tauride. Rolando joins an all-star cast to celebrate the legendary Domingo's four decades in Salzburg on July 30, appearing alongside Maria Agresta, Ana...

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  • 12.03.2015 - “La Rondine” praised by critics and celebrated by the audience

  • “La Rondine” praised by critics and celebrated by the audience   Rolando’s fourth production as a stage director is an overwhelming audience and critical success. The audience at Sunday’s premiere at Deutsche Oper Berlin celebrated the production of Puccini’s rarely performed “La Rondine” with long ovations. The critics have praised the cast including...

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  • 24.10.2014 - ZDF broadcasts ECHO Klassik Awards, co-hosted by Rolando Villazón on Sunday, October 26

  • This Sunday, October 26, Rolando Villazón will co-host the 2014 ECHO Klassik Awards. ZDF broadcasts the festivities this Sunday evening at 22:00 CET. The award ceremony will take place at Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig with performances from artists such as Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala, the 2014 awards feature a host of musical luminaries. Rolando Villazón is the winner of...

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