Rolando Villazón Returns

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Rolando Villazón Rolando Villazón (Gabo/Deutsche Grammophon)

In the last few years there has been a lot of speculation surrounding tenor Rolando Villazón and the loss of his robust voice. Saturday at 12:30 pm, Villazón discusses the facts about his absent voice and the pains he took to recover it, in an animated interview with Marilyn Horne. 

In 2009 Villazón's vocal health problems came to head and he went on sabbatical to seek medical advice. This season he received accolades for his return to the Metropolitan Opera in Eugene Onegin. He also released a new album, "Rolando Villazón: Mozart Concert Arias," which the Independent called a "fascinating collection, with some striking unearthings." As a special bonus, you can download one of the arias from the album for FREE – see below. 

But this episode isn't all serious: there are still fun and games. In advance of the Super Bowl, Villazón also talks about his love of the Pittsburgh Steelers – that's right, American football. Also, Parterre Box editor and New York Post critic James Jorden draws the parallels between Fantasy Football and Fantasy Opera. 

Playlist:

Giuseppe Verdi La traviata “Libiamo ne'lieti calici” (Brindisi)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Vienna State Opera Chorus; Carlo Rizzi, conductor; Rolando Villazón, tenor
Deutsche Grammophon 00052902

Giuseppe Verdi La traviata “De miei bollenti spiriti”
Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino; Gianandrea Noseda, conductor; Rolando Villazón, tenor
Deutsche Grammophon 001728302

Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto “Questa o quella”
Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino; Gianandrea Noseda, conductor; Rolando Villazón, tenor
Deutsche Grammophon 001728302

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Va dal furor portata” K 21
London Symphony Orchestra; Antonio Pappano, conductor; Rolando Villazón, tenor
Deutsche Grammophon 001986002

Giacomo Puccini La fanciulla del West “Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano”
Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Franz Welser-Most, conductor; Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Premiere Opera 10354-2

Vincenzo Bellini Norma “Casta diva”
National Philharmonic Orchestra; James Levine, conductor; Renata Scotto, soprano
Sony 35902

Comments [3]

concetta nardone from Nassau

He is very intense. Hope he does not burn himself out again.

Feb. 03 2014 02:09 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

Rolando Villazo'n return to singing is a joyous thing and an inspiration. In this forthcoming interview, he refinforces the feeling that I have when he sings, namely, that this is an artist who sings both with and for the sheer joy of it, regardless of the repertory and the composer, though obviously giving great thought to both. I look forward to hearing any projects that he chooses to engage in . Bravissimo!

Feb. 01 2014 10:13 AM

Interesting photo credit: (Deutsche Grammphon).

Yep, some of us read everything.

DD~~

Feb. 01 2014 12:41 AM

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