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For those reading the uneducated reviews before mine...

This recording is in good style and in good taste. Mr. Villazon, originally trained as a lyric/light-lyric tenor in late baroque and light 19th century repertoire, has retained his technique for this period and style of music PERFECTLY, considering the larger roles he has taken on since then. Mr. Villazon suffered from vocal troubles in mid-2007 (some would say due to the difficulty of the repertoire he was taking on at the time) and stopped singing for 5 months. He came back strong in January 2008 and released 2 big recordings soon after along with a number of concerts and performances lined up. This recording is more than just another album for Villazon, it is a testament to his vocal ability and career that he is STILL here and he can STILL sing in any way you ask him to. Bravo Rolando, and may your career continue for decades to come!

Villazón shines

Rolando Villazón proves to be one of Mexico´s top opera singers. Impecable recording, great performance. Good selection of arias.


Tenors tend to avoid Handel for two reasons: the music often lies low for them and/or they can't handle the florid demands of the baroque style. Happily, neither is the case here. To be fair, Handel's offerings for tenor are limited, which is why we get alternative versions of castrato roles (don't whine - Bostridge does it too!). Those who accuse Villazón of being unidiomatic and "wrong" for the music are obviously influenced by the recent spate of fey "specialists" whose sole aim seems to be to enervate the music and make it as dull as possible. With his vibrant, purplish tone, Villazón animates the music delightfully, sounding by turns defiant (as in the opening track) and dreamy (as in the "Pastorello" aria). He can also be dramatic and quite moving, as in Bajazet's death scene (Tracks 10-12). He manages all of the passage work deftly and in full voice, as in "Crude furie" and "Dopo notte" - showstoppers both! Here's hoping that Villazón stays away from the heavier Italian repertoire and stays here for awhile longer.


Born: February 22, 1972 in Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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Handel: Arias, Rolando Villazón
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Opera
  • Released: Mar 26, 2009

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