13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his Christmas album, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón embraces each of the five languages that he speaks—English, Spanish, Italian, German, and French—while mixing carols with folk songs and pop ballads. It’s touching to hear him away from the opera stage and able to so freely express his joy for Christmas and being surrounded by loved ones. Undoubted highlights are “Stille Nacht,” Villazón floating over gorgeous orchestral accompaniment, and an incredibly stylish “White Christmas.”

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his Christmas album, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón embraces each of the five languages that he speaks—English, Spanish, Italian, German, and French—while mixing carols with folk songs and pop ballads. It’s touching to hear him away from the opera stage and able to so freely express his joy for Christmas and being surrounded by loved ones. Undoubted highlights are “Stille Nacht,” Villazón floating over gorgeous orchestral accompaniment, and an incredibly stylish “White Christmas.”

Mastered for iTunes
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About Rolando Villazón, Slovak National Symphony Orchestra & Allan Wilson

A well-known and well-respected tenor from Mexico, Rolando Villazon (born Emilio Rolando Villazon Mauleon in Mexico City on February 22, 1972) released three solo albums with Virgin Classics (including 2007's Gitano, which was recorded under the direction of Plácido Domingo) before moving to Deutsche Grammophone in 2007. He made appearances at the 2005 Salzburg Festival, and in 2007 -- in addition to releasing two albums that year (one being Gitano, the other being a collection of operatic duets with Anna Netrebko) -- he sang a selection of arias from various composers (including Verdi, Puccini, and Tchaikovsky) in Prague. ~ Chris True

HOMETOWN
Mexico City, Mexico
BORN
February 22, 1972

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