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Opera Recital
     

Opera Recital

by Rolando Villazón
 
It's starting to become an annual event: This is the third Rolando Villazón recital album in as many years, and like its predecessors it stakes an early claim as one the year's top vocal albums. While the tenor's first two discs were more narrowly focused -- one on Italian opera arias

Overview

It's starting to become an annual event: This is the third Rolando Villazón recital album in as many years, and like its predecessors it stakes an early claim as one the year's top vocal albums. While the tenor's first two discs were more narrowly focused -- one on Italian opera arias from bel canto to verismo, the other on French arias by Gounod and Massenet -- this one casts a wider net, gathering up some chestnuts that didn't find their way onto the earlier discs ("Recondita armonia" from Tosca, the "Flower Song" from Carmen) and also branching out into German and Russian opera. There are also some of those arias that we only ever hear on an album like this -- Cilea's "Amor ti vieta," Flotow's "Ach, so fromm" -- but Villazón is naturally at his most powerful in the excerpts from roles he has sung with great success on stage, most notably the two highlights from Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann that open the program, and also the "Flower Song." These convey the intensity not only of the tenor's singing, but also of his acting, precisely the combination that places him atop the heap of the younger generation of opera stars. If the program looks a bit scattered on paper, Villazón's performances more than justify the choices, which are bound together by the skill and artistry with which he wields his dramatic vocal power. There's no longer any need to mention the name of a certain distinguished tenor to whom he's often been compared; Villazón's unique skill is on display here, and he's quickly become one of the essential talents in the opera world of the 21st century.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - John Steane
With the third excellent recital in succession Villazón scores what in sporting circles...is known as a hat-trick. A rarely fine voice in its prime, a live responsive temperament, admirable vocal schooling, all fuelled by innate musical and dramatic feeling: these are some main ingredients.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0094634470124
catalogNumber:
44701

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Performance Credits

Rolando Villazón   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Black   Choir Master
Munich Radio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michel Plasson   Conductor
Robert Blank   Choir Master
Theresa Blank   Contralto (Vocal)
Bavarian Radio Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Theresa Blank   Alto
Florian Laconi   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Fromental Halévy   Text
Wolfgang Karreth   Engineer
Alexander Pushkin   Text
Andre Tubeuf   Liner Notes
Alain Lanceron   Executive Producer
Paula Kennedy   Text Translation
Michel Carré   Text
Eugène Cormon   Text
Andrew Huth   Liner Notes
Hugh Graham   Text Translation
Henri Meilhac   Text
Giuseppe Giacosa   Text
Luigi Illica   Text
Francesco Maria Piave   Text
Mark Valencia   Text Translation
Denis Ogan   Text Translation
Guido Menasci   Text
Auguste Barbier   Text
Michaël Kämpf   Cover Photo
Hugo von Hofmannsthal   Text
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti   Text
Alphonse Royer   Text
Antonio Somma   Text
Arturo Colautti   Text
Gustave Vaez   Text
Eugène Scribe   Text
Giovanni Ruffini   Text
Wilhelm Meister   Producer

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