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25 Nov 2024, Mon
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi , Gioachino Rossini , Jacques Offenbach , Joseph Haydn , Vincenzo Bellini
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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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About

Rolando Villazón Mauleón (born 22 February 1972) is a Mexican operatic tenor, stage director, author, radio and television personality and artistic director. He now lives in France, and in 2007 became a French citizen. Villazón has published several books, including the novels Malabares and Paladas de sombra contra la oscuridad which have been translated into French and German. He is a member of the Collège de 'Pataphysique in Paris.

He was raised in Fuentes de Satélite, a suburban area of Greater Mexico City, Mexico. In an interview for Mexican television, Villazón told the story of how he was discovered as a tenor. He said that one day, as he was getting out of the shower in his apartment in Mexico City, somebody came knocking on his door; it was baritone Arturo Nieto, a friend of his neighbour, who had heard him singing while in the shower. He told Rolando he had an amazing voice and invited him to his music academy to develop his voice; it was there that Villazón fell in love with opera.

He came to international attention in 1999 when he won second prize in Plácido Domingo's Operalia competition (losing to Bulgarian bass Orlin Anastassov), as well as the first Zarzuela prize and the audience prize. The same year he sang for the first time in Italy as des Grieux in Manon at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In 2000 he appeared for the first time at the Berlin State Opera, as Macduff in Macbeth. Over the years he has presented many of his best roles there, among them José in Carmen and des Grieux in Manon.

In Munich in 2000 he sang Rodolfo in La bohème and in 2002 in Los Angeles, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. In 2003 he sang Rodolfo at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England. He also enjoyed success in the title role of Les Contes d'Hoffmann at London's Royal Opera House. The following year he appeared as Alfredo in La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and in 2005, both at St. Petersburg and the Salzburg Festival.

2005–2010
Rolando Villazón performed regularly in the world's most important opera houses and in concert. In August 2005, he sang a highly regarded Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, directed by Willy Decker. Co-starring was Anna Netrebko as Violetta. They also appeared together in a performance of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at the Vienna State Opera which was released on DVD. He starred alongside Netrebko and Domingo in globally televised concerts from Berlin's Waldbühne and Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace in 2006 and 2008.

Vocal surgery and the return to the stage

Between 2007 and 2009, Villazón cancelled many of his scheduled engagements in order to diagnose and remedy a persistent vocal issue. In May 2009, Rolando Villazón announced that he had to undergo surgery in order to remove a congenital cyst in one of his vocal cords.

After completing his rehabilitation, he returned to the stage in March 2010 singing Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at the Vienna State Opera in March 2010, and then embarked on a series of recitals. In December 2012, he appeared as Rodolfo in La bohème at London's Royal Opera House, a role he first sang there in 2005.

Beginning in 2010, Villazón has undertaken a number of Mozart tenor roles both in concert and in operatic performances, notably Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Festspiel Baden-Baden, the Royal Opera House and the Staatsoper Berlin, the role of Alessandro in Mozart's Il re pastore under William Christie at Zürich Opera House and the Salzburg Festival and Lucio Silla at the Salzburg Festival. His first all-Mozart solo album featuring the composer's concert arias for tenor was released in January 2014.

2015 - today
Rolando Villazón continues to perform on the world's leading stages and has added numerous diverse roles to his repertoire in recent years. In 2016, he made his debut in Bohuslav Martinů's opera "Juliette ou la clé des songes" in a new production conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera. That year also sang his first highly acclaimed L'Orfeo, a role he sings in new productions at Semperoper Dresden and Santa Fe Opera in 2023.

In 2017, he sang his first Ulisse in Claudio Monteverdi's opera Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria in Paris. He made a further role debut as Pelléas in Claude Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande (opera) in 2018, again conducted by Barenboim. In 2021, he returned to New York's Metropolitan Opera as Papageno. In 2022, Rolando Villazón made his internationally acclaimed debut as Loge in Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold at Berlin State Opera in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Christian Thielemann.

In 2018, Rolando Villazón was named artistic director of the Mozartwoche festival and later the International Mozarteum Foundation. His contract has been extended until 2028.

Stage Direction
He made his debut as a stage director with a new production of Werther at the Opéra de Lyon in January 2011. Since then, he has directed L'elisir d'amore at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (2012) and Oper Leipzig (2019), Viva la Mamma at Vienna Volksoper (2015), La rondine at Deutsche Oper Berlin (2015), La traviata at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (2015), Die Fledermaus at Deutsche Oper Berlin (2018), La sonnambula at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (2021) and The Barber of Seville at the Salzburg Festival (2022).

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