About Rolando Villazón



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May 2010

The book Living Opera by Joshua Jampol contains a chapter "Rolando Villazón, or the paradox of the performer."

April 26, 2007

Deutsche Grammophon reports:

"Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón have just swept Munich audiences away in three sold-out concert performances of Puccini's La Bohème, which were rewarded with standing ovations. The Deutsche Grammophon recording team was on hand for the gala event at the Philharmonie am Gasteig. With additional sessions scheduled before and after the concerts, the recording will combine the frisson of live performance with the advantages of studio conditions.

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"Deutsche Grammophon's recording of La Bohème, which is scheduled for release in October 2007, will also provide the soundtrack for a new cinema/TV film of Puccini's opera, starring Anna, Rolando and the Munich cast, to be directed by Oscar-, Emmy- and Venice Festival Golden Lion- nominated Robert Dornhelm."


December 12, 2005

"Mr. Villazón has almost everything you want in a lyric tenor: a voice with a warm cast and a healthy glow; a deft mix of supple lyricism and expressive spontaneity; superior musical intelligence. In his portrayal of the sex-obsessed duke, virility coursed equally through his acting and his singing. Still, those who are calling him the next Pavarotti are not helping him. His voice lacks natural heft. On this night, when he summoned full-size fortissimos, you sensed effort in his singing and his sound turned grainy."--Anthony Tommasini in New York Times review of December 10 Rigoletto at Metropolitan Opera.

"Mr. Villazon had a good and confident night. He may be a tad underpowered for the Metropolitan Opera House, but he has a great many gifts. He sings easily and vibrantly, and he moves about the stage effortlessly. A protege of Placido Domingo, he embodies a Latin vocal style. I'm afraid he swoons around a bit, instead of traveling directly to the notes. His sound is not especially Italianate, and neither is his execution."--Jay Nordlinger,

"The Mexican tenor, whose Met debut came two seasons ago in Verdi's 'La Traviata,' has a full-bodied voice, compact and tightly wound, and he uses it fearlessly, with ringing high C's at the climax of the familiar 'La donna e mobile.' . . .

"Moreover, he turns what can seem a cardboard villain into a three-dimensional character, oozing charm and arrogance in equal measure."--Mike Silverman, Associated Press, at



Aria recordings

  Duets (CD+Buch) 

Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villaz�n

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U.S. release date = February 6, 2007

U.K release date = February 5, 2007

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Gounod -- Massenet Arias

Gounod, Massenet: Arias / Rolando Villazón,


Italian Opera Arias

Italienische Opernarien,


Opera Recital, Barnes & Noble

Release date in U.S.:  February 21, 2006

Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra

1. Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini

2. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini

3. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Il �tait une fois "Kleinzach Legend" by Jacques Offenbach

4, Les contes d'Hoffmann: Allons! Courage et confiance by Jacques Offenbach

5. Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' � forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi

6. Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow

7. Alessandro Stradella: Jungfrau Maria! by Friedrich von Flotow

8. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

9. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Di rigori armato il seno by Richard Strauss

10. Don Pasquale: Com' � gentil by Gaetano Donizetti

11. La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti

12. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jet�e "Flower song" by Georges Bizet

13. Les p�cheurs de perles: Ah cette voix by Georges Bizet

14. Adriana Lecouvreur: La dolcissima effigie by Francesco Cil�a

15. Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino � generoso "Addio" by Pietro Mascagni

16. Fedora:  Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano

17. Ernani:  Odi il voto by Giuseppe Verdi 


"With a strong, rich, rock-steady voice and tremendous emotional depth, Villaz�n delivers the goods, backed up by the Munich Rundfunkorchester under veteran French conductor Michel Plasson."--John Terauds at

"Tenor casts irresistible spell" is the title of William Dart's review for The New Zealand Herald.

  Monteverdi - Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda


Verdi: La Traviata

With Anna Netrebko as Violetta.  Conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

Verdi: La Traviata, Barnes & Noble

"Soprano Anna Netrebko can be very exciting in live performance, but little of that comes across in this performance of Violetta, which is insecure technically throughout and only fitfully interesting in the final act, as the heroine gasps her last. Thomas Hampson is a stolid Germont, and I have never heard the Vienna Philharmonic sound as sloppy as it does under Carlo Rizzi. Only the raptly lyrical tenor Rolando Villazon, as Alfredo, makes a satisfying impression. There are at least 25 other recordings of 'Traviata' on the market, and almost any of them will prove a wiser investment."--Tim Page of the Washington Post in an article at

Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte


Donizetti: L'Elisir D'Amore

Jules Massenet - Manon / Dessay, Villazon, Ramey, Lanza, Henry, Perez, McVicar (Gran Teatre del Lieu 2007)



Verdi - Don Carlo, Chailly, Amsterdam Opera


Verdi - Don Carlo, Pappano, Royal Opera

Verdi - La Traviata / Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, Thomas Hampson, Helene Schneidermann, Salvatore Cordella, Carlo Rizzi, Salzburg


The Berlin Concert

Das WaldbUuuml;hnen-Konzert

Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, & Rolando Villazón


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Rolando Villazon CD's at


Michel Plasson, Münchner Rundfunkorchester & Rolando Villazon - Rolando Villazon - Opera Recital (USA)
Michel Plasson, Münchner Rundfunkorchester & Rolando Villazon - Rolando Villazon - Opera Recital

Rolando Villazon, Rhapsody Artists


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