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Rolando Villazón

Tenor

Biography

Rolando Villazón in action.
Rolando Villazón in Werther, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2011

Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and has since sung Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Rodolfo (La bohème), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Don Carlo, Werther and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, including on tour to Japan) for the Company. In the 2015/16 Season he returns to sing Alfredo (La traviata).

Villazón was born in Mexico City and studied at the conservatory there. In 1999 he won second prize, the Zarzuela Prize and the Audience Prize in Operalia. He sings regularly for Berlin State Opera, where his roles have included Des Grieux (Manon), Don José (Carmen), Alfredo Germont (La traviata), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) and Lensky, and for Bavarian State Opera, where his roles have included Faust, Alfredo, Rodolfo, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) and Hoffmann. He also sings for opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Liceu, Barcelona, Vienna State Opera and La Scala, Milan. He appears regularly in concert worldwide, and has given recitals at the Salzburg Festival and Vienna Musikverein, among others. He is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon.

Villazón has directed Werther (Opéra de Lyon), Viva la mamma (Vienna Volksoper), La rondine (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and La traviata and L’elisir d’amore (Baden-Baden). He was a mentor and juror for ‘Pop Star to Opera Star’ (UK television), and presents the programme ‘Stars von morgen’. He is an ambassador for the Red Noses Clown Doctors. His debut novel Malabares was published in 2013. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Rolando Villazón and Saimir Pirgu on <em>La traviata</em>

Watch: Rolando Villazón and Saimir Pirgu on La traviata

23 October 2015

The tenors discuss the role of Alfredo, and the power and beauty of Verdi's iconic opera.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

29 August 2014

Company to perform Macbeth and Don Giovanni in Tokyo, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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