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Rolalndo Villazon Sings Verdi / Rolando Villazon, tenor

Audio Samples

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     La donna è mobile
>     Ella mi fu rapita... Parmi veder
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>     Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... O mio rimorso
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in maschera
>     Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m'è forza perderti
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>     Padre, con essi intrepido... Odi il voto... Sprezzo la vita
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I Lombardi
>     La mia letizia
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>     Io l'ho perduta... Io la vidi
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>     O figli... Ah! La paterna mano
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>     Ingemisco

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I Lombardi
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

From the very beginning of his glittering career, Rolando Villazon has shown himself to be an outstanding Verdi interpreter. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Italy's greatest opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi 1813-1901, Virgin Classics releases Rolando Villazon sings Verdi a compilation of Verdi arias sung by the master interpreter Villazon. This album includes best loved arias from La traviata, Rigoletto, and Macbeth featuring leading conductors like Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, and Marcello Viotti.

In the same ways as Pavarotti first made his name in the part of Rodolfo in La Boheme, Villazon begain his career by singing Alfredo in La traviata, and his performance of this role won him all aim in opera houses throughout the world - from the Bastille Opera to the New York Met, from the Berlin Staatsoper to the Los Angeles Opera, and from the Salzburg Festival (in the celebrated Willy Decker production) to the Orange Festival. He has also regularly sung the part of the Duke in Rigoletto, particularly in London and in New York.

Villazon's dark-toned and passionate voice, fiery temperament and individual style of singing (which manages to be both virile and refined at the same time) make him an ideal interpreter of Verdi's heroes - both the regular heroes and the more troubled ones. It's safe to assume that for a long time to come, "Viva Verdi!" will trigger the response "Viva Villazon!"

MusicWeb International, 18th April 2013
All those excerpts [Rigoletto, Macbeth, Don Carlo, La Traviata and I Lombardi], in a slightly resonant acoustic, show Villazon to be a master Verdian, able to realise the composer's intentions by following the music exactly as intended...a good memento of a singer in his vocal prime in repertoire in which, for too brief a period, he excelled.

The Independent, 5th January 2013
Villaz=n's fiery, temperamental vocal character is particularly well suited to Verdi's heroes, and he delivers "La Donna F Mobile" with every ounce of the Duke's disdainful promiscuity on bulging display.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La donna è mobile
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (07/05/2003-07/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... O mio rimorso
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (07/05/2003-07/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in maschera :: Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m'è forza perderti
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Ensemble: Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Notes: Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (06/13/2005-06/17/2005); Bavaria Studio (06/13/2005-06/17/2005); Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (09/25/2005); Bavaria Studio (09/25/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Padre, con essi intrepido... Odi il voto... Sprezzo la vita
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Notes: Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (06/13/2005-06/17/2005); Bavaria Studio (06/13/2005-06/17/2005); Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (09/25/2005); Bavaria Studio (09/25/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I Lombardi :: La mia letizia
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Notes: Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (07/05/2003-07/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: Io l'ho perduta... Io la vidi
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Notes: Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (07/05/2003-07/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: O figli... Ah! La paterna mano
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Notes: Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (07/05/2003-07/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Ella mi fu rapita... Parmi veder
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Notes: Studio 1, Bayerischer Rundfunk, München (07/05/2003-07/09/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Ingemisco
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma (01/08/2009-01/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874