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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 and Werther for the Company. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to The Royal Opera to sing Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni).

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 for Opéra de Lyon and L’elisir d’amore in Baden-Baden. He was a mentor and juror for the UK’s ‘Pop Star to Opera Star’, and presents the programme ‘Stars von morgen’ for French and German television. 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

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.

ROH 'World Stage' series photographer Jason Bell to take official Royal Christening photos

ROH 'World Stage' series photographer Jason Bell to take official Royal Christening photos

23 October 2013

Photographer shot the world's greatest ballet and opera stars for a long-running ROH campaign.

Cast Change: Dmytro Popov to sing role of Rodolfo in La bohème on 10 January

Cast Change: Dmytro Popov to sing role of Rodolfo in La bohème on 10 January

10 January 2013

Ukrainian tenor to replace Rolando Villazón.

Cast Change: Dmytro Popov to sing role of Rodolfo in La bohème on 3 and 7 January

Cast Change: Dmytro Popov to sing role of Rodolfo in La bohème on 3 and 7 January

3 January 2013

Ukrainian tenor to replace Rolando Villazón.

Special episode of BBC Radio 4's Start the Week from ROH

Special episode of BBC Radio 4's Start the Week from ROH

19 December 2012

Programme looks at the power of the human voice with panel featuring Rolando Villazón and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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