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Villazón sings again!

Posted in mp3, podcast, villazon on January 28, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca’s dear friend Ed Rosen (doyen of Premiere Opera) sent along a clip from Rolando Villazón‘s first recital since his return to the stage early this month. According to Ed, “He first sings Massenet’s “Ouvre tes yeux,” followed by Tosti’s “Ideale.” Rolando’s voice sounds as beautiful as ever! The recital took place in Barcelona on January 13 of this year.”

While we’re on the subject, do be sure to check out Ed’s always fascinating podcast.


Gran nuova! Gran nuova!

Posted in florez, la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, netrebko, puppylicious, tete de peau, villazon on January 10, 2008 by lacieca

Juan Diego Flórez will make his role debut as the Duke of Mantua in a new production of Rigoletto on March 31.

The event will mark the inauguration of “The International Opera Festival Alejandro Granda” in Peru. Puppylicious Flórez is pictured here with Latin Grammy winner Gian Marco, with whom he shared the stage for a benefit concert for UNICEF last year. (Admittedly, that concert has nothing to do with the current news, but La Cieca wanted an excuse to run this photo.)

In breaking news also relating to puppyliciousness, the renaissance of Rolando Villazón‘s career will extend into a new medium when the tenor begins principal photography for the role of Rodolfo in a film version of La bohème opposite the Mimi of (who else?) Anna Netrebko. According to La Cieca’s source, the pair pre-recorded their music for the movie last year and will begin their on-set lip-synching duties within the month.

Wien: Wilkommen, Villazón!

Posted in operachic, vienna, villazon on January 6, 2008 by lacieca

AP Photo/Vienna State Opera, Axel ZeiningerThe Associated Press has the first review of Rolando Villazón‘s return to the stage earlier today in a performance of Werther at the Vienna Staatsoper. Reporter George Jahn says the audience’s “huge expectations… were mostly – but not completely – met.” Apparently the tenor’s high B’s sometimes failed to soar over the Massenet orchestral climaxes, but his celebrated onstage energy and presence were on full display. Villazón won several minutes of entrance applause and “a post-performance standing ovation from an audience that normally stays glued to its seats.”

The indefatigable Opera Chic was (as she so often is!) first to blog the happy news, with the bonus of an exclusive eyewitness report.

Tomorrow is another day

Posted in scandale, villazon on January 4, 2008 by lacieca

Just a little over 24 hours from now, Rolando Villazón is scheduled to return to the operatic stage following an absence of nearly six months. He is announced for a revival of Werther at the Vienna State Opera tomorrow night, January 5, beginning at 19.30 (1:30 EST). Followup plans for the tenor this month include more Werthers and three performances of Manon plus concerts in Paris and Barcelona.

Villazón’s highly-anticipated return is the lede for a Times Online article about how opera singers are in risk of becoming “pill-popping stressballs.” Much of it is a rehash of the Endrik Wottrich brouhaha from last fall, but there are some interesting bits about how Joyce DiDonato uses Skype for brush-ups with her voice teacher.

Well, anyway, as you can imagine, La Cieca is naturally very curious as to the Villazón’s current vocal estate, so she hopes that any of you Old World cher public in attendance at his performances this month will keep us informed.

Rolando ritornato?

Posted in la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, villazon on December 15, 2007 by lacieca

There hasn’t been much chatter about it, but it seems that Rolando Villazón is emerging from his four-month period of silence. His recently updated website states that the tenor is scheduled for staged performances in Vienna (Manon and Werther) beginning January 5, followed by a series of concerts and a couple of Verdi Requiems in the spring. Engagements for the summer of 2008 include a new Don Carlos at the Royal Opera and Roméo et Juliette at the Salzburg Festival. La Cieca looks forward to hearing Villazón here in New York in the fall, when he and Anna Netrebko are to star in a revival of Lucia at the Met.

In fact, according to Mike Richter, Villazón has already made at least one public singing appearance in recent days. Mike has posted on his website a video identified as “Rolando Villazon sings unfamiliar Ponchielli – 9 December 2007.” La Cieca doesn’t know the aria, but she does hear a healthy voice with an easy high A-natural at the end of the piece.

Thoughts? Corrections? Or shall we all just remain guardedly optimistic for the moment?

Bobby, come on over for dinner

Posted in alagna, la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, met, villazon on August 14, 2007 by lacieca

Roberto Alagna will jump — no, not into the swimming pool, but rather into the first two performances (September 25 and 29) of the Met’s fall revival of Roméo et Juliette, replacing Rolando Villazón who has withdrawn due to illness. The Met’s press office officially announced Villazón’s cancellation today, though regular readers knew all about it last week. The role of Roméo remains TBA for the performances on October 3, 6 and 11; Villazón remains on the roster for the winter stint of performances including the HD simulcast.

Villazón out for two months, at least

Posted in la cieca ci guarda la cieca ci vede, netrebko, villazon on August 10, 2007 by lacieca

As La Cieca whispered earlier this week, Rolando Villazón is going to cancel at least the fall portion of his Met Roméo engagement. This morning says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting a statement from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra that the tenor is “ill and has been instructed by his doctor to cancel all performances for the next two to three months in order to make a complete recovery.”

In happier news, Anna Netrebko‘s lissome larynx seems to be healing nicely, thank you. The diva (reports PlaybillArts) plans to go ahead with a four-city German tour this month, albeit minus partner Villazón. Subbing opposite the soprano in various venues will be Marcelo Álvarez, José Cura and Ramón Vargas.