51 Songs, 2 Hours, 20 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fifth in Deutsche Grammophon’s run of seven Mozart operas, this recording of Clemenza di Tito bursts with talent, including Joyce DiDonato as Sesto, Marina Rebeka as Vitellia, Tara Erraught as Annio, and, as Tito himself, Rolando Villazón. The composer’s last opera, a tale of love, friendship, revenge, and ultimate forgiveness, is packed with gorgeous arias, in particular DiDonato’s “Parto, ma tu ben mio,” shared with the most velvet of clarinet solos. The recitatives throughout are brilliantly executed, both by this legendary vocal lineup and also by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe’s fine fortepianist, alert to every subtle dramatic detail.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fifth in Deutsche Grammophon’s run of seven Mozart operas, this recording of Clemenza di Tito bursts with talent, including Joyce DiDonato as Sesto, Marina Rebeka as Vitellia, Tara Erraught as Annio, and, as Tito himself, Rolando Villazón. The composer’s last opera, a tale of love, friendship, revenge, and ultimate forgiveness, is packed with gorgeous arias, in particular DiDonato’s “Parto, ma tu ben mio,” shared with the most velvet of clarinet solos. The recitatives throughout are brilliantly executed, both by this legendary vocal lineup and also by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe’s fine fortepianist, alert to every subtle dramatic detail.

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About Rolando Villazón

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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