Opera Recital

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 094634470124
  • Catalog Number: 44701
  • Sales rank: 227,976

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rolando Villazón Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Black Choir Master
Munich Radio Orchestra Performing Ensemble, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bravo Senor Villazon!

    Like Juan Diego Florez, we have before us a versatile artist with a rich dark Latin flavor. May this tenor sing for many many years to come! This has come to confirm what I have suspected......it is now the Latins reign over the opera world!

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