Tonight Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon will seek to regain past glory by returning to New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Met) the place where his beautiful voice collapsed, nearly five years ago.
Villazon, 41, is starring in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin as the title character’s once friend, Lenski. The 3 hours, 25 minute opera will be sung in Russian with sub-titles in English, German and Spanish.
The Mexico City native came on the world stage in 1999 reaching the peak of his career in 2004...Read Full Story
In the opera world, all eyes will be on Austrian capital on Monday when Mexican star tenor Rolando Villazon makes his stage comeback at the Vienna State Opera.Villazon, 37, who has now had to put his career on ice twice due to problems with his vocal chords, will sing the role of Nemorino in a one-off performance of Donzetti's best-loved comic opera, "L'elisir d'amore".He is then due to sing the role of Lensky in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" in Berlin later this month.The bubbly singer with...Read Full Story
He came, he mugged, he juggled, he blew a kiss to the audience. And, yes, he sang — very nicely, too — as an adoring audience welcomed Rolando Villazon back to the opera stage.The Mexican-born tenor's comeback role Monday night at the Vienna Staatsoper was Nemorino, the lovesick peasant in Donizetti's irresistible comedy "L'elisir d'amore" ("The Elixir of Love").It's a role that's well-suited to Villazon's voice and personality. It doesn't lie too high, it doesn't force him to sing over heavy...Read Full Story
Latvian operatic superstar, mezzo soprano Elina Garanca, has pulled out of next month's performances of Bizet's "Carmen", the Vienna State Opera announced Friday, the third artist for health reasons to withdraw from the production.The opera's outgoing chief Ioan Holender had assembled an all-star cast for a short run of five performances of one of the most popular operas of all time: Garanca in the title role alongside Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon as Don Jose and Russian soprano Anna...Read Full Story
Mexican star tenor Rolando Villazon, who cancelled all his 2009 engagements after a cyst was found on his vocal cords, said his voice "is back" and he will return to the stage next year."My voice is back. I am very happy to inform all of you that I am currently singing and I am just polishing little details to be able to come back as soon as possible next year to the stage and to sing for you," the 37-year-old singer announced in a video message posted on his website.Villazon, who shot to...Read Full Story