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Rolando Villazon

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Rolando Villazón press reviews

"Something exciting has happened at Covent Garden- the appearance of a shining new star. Villazón's voice has a baritonal timbre and firm heroic ring... Blessed with a slim figure and strong features, he has charismatic stage presence. His characterization of the drunken doomed poet had bags of personality, and vocally he proved as happy with the playful wit of the Kleinzach ballad as with the ardour of Oh Dieu! de quelle ivresse and the melancholy of Helas! mon coeur. No gratuitous bellowing of top notes, always a respect for style and line- he is obviously a sensitive, intelligent musician."
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph

“Mexican tenor Villazón impresses in Met debut... Villazón's sensuous timbre rang easily above the vocal ensembles and orchestra, with clear diction and an ardent, virile presence -- especially in De miei bollenti spirit ("My impassioned spirits"), Alfredo's outburst of joyful love.”
—Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press

Mexican Rave
"It's a long time since I have heard such spontaneous -and tumultuous- applause for a new tenor as that which greeted the young Mexican Rolando Villazón during his courtain call at the end of the Royal Opera's Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Villazón is the real thing, a tenor with star potential and striking individuality."
Hug Canning, The Sunday Times

“Making his debut as Alfredo was Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón. Dark, handsome, slim as a rail, entirely at home on stage, the very young-looking tenor has a rich, full-bodied sound, a keen musicality, an innate sense of graceful phrasing and a dusky timbre.”
— Robert Levine, Classics Today

“Rolando Villazón's bright, nicely balanced tenor was of the right weight and color for Rodolfo, and he sang the poet's music with a persuasive passion.”
—Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

“Rolando Villazón of Mexico dominated the ensemble… blessed with a fresh, gleaming tenor, an admirable sense of rapture, a ringing top and pervasive sensibility.”
—Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times

“The sky's the limit for Villazón (Edgardo), a young tenor with tremendous potential who combined polish with dramatic depth. His impassioned yearnings in Act II cut straight to the heart.”
—Andrew Druckenbrod, Post-Gazette

“The revelation of the evening was the Mexican Tenor Rolando Villazón (Des Grieux), endowed with a gorgeous open-tone voice. He has gracefulness, elegance, mastery of expressive means, and dramatic skill in abundance. With unexpected ease and naturalness, Villazón shapes phrases like an accomplished musician and sings sul fiato like a consummate master.”
—Maria Girardi, Giornale della Musica (translated)

“Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, whose lusty, vibrant singing of Rinuccio’s praise of Florence (Firenze come è un alberto fiorito) lingered in the memory long after the stage lights had dimmed on the Tuscany countryside.”
—Truman C. Wang, Classical Voice

“...matches his exceptionally beautiful voice with great dramatic intensity…”
—Howard Kissel, The Daily News