Rolando Villazón Returns

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Rolando Villazón

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