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Villazón Set to Return to Stage

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Rolando Villazón, the popular Mexican tenor, says he is ready to return to the stage and that he'll announce his 2010 schedule shortly.

Villazón was forced to cancel the remainder of his 2009 performances in April to have throat surgery. The tenor was treated by voice specialist and surgeon Dr. Gerrit Wohlt for a cyst that was found on his vocal cords.

He announced his plan to return next year in a video on his website.

He declares, "My voice is back!" He ends with a short singing demonstration.

He had been scheduled to play the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmannopposite Anna Netrebko at the Met, but was forced to pull out due to the surgery. He was replaced by Joseph Calleja.

Villazón's return was first reported by The Los Angeles Times.