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Tenor [CD]

Rolando Villazon Audio CD
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“. . . a tenor of extraordinary talent and high intelligence . . . Villazón is a natural communicator as well as a profound musician . . .”
The Daily Telegraph (London), 4 January 2010
Rolando Villazón was born in Mexico City in 1972. In 1983 he entered the Espacios Academy for the Performing Arts, where he studied music, acting, ... Read more in Amazon's Rolando Villazon Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00313JV3K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Di Capua: O Sole MioDaniele Callegari 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Traviata/Act 1 - ''Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici (Brindisi)Salvatore Cordella 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bernstein: West Side Story - MariaDaniele Callegari 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rigoletto/Act 3 - La Donna È MobileDaniele Callegari 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Serse - Performance Edtion By King's Music/Act 1 - Arioso: Ombra Mai FùRolando Villazón 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Man Of La Mancha - The Impossible DreamDaniele Callegari 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Quattro Canzoni D'Amaranta - L'alba Sepàra Dalla Luce L'ombraDaniele Callegari 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La Bohème/Act 1 - ''Che Gelida Manina''Rolando Villazón 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Phantom Of The Opera - Music Of The NightDaniele Callegari 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. L'elisir D'amore/Act 2 - ''Una Furtiva Lagrima''Daniele Callegari 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rigoletto/Act 1 - Questa O QuellaDaniele Callegari 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Bohème/Act 1 - ''O Soave Fanciulla''Rolando Villazón 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Traviata/Act 2 - ''Lunge Da Lei'' - ''De' Miei Bollenti Spiriti''Rolando Villazón 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. La Gioconda/Act 2 - ''Cielo E Mar''Daniele Callegari 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tamerlano HWV 17 - Performance Edition By Benjamin Bayl & Paul McCreesh/Act 1 - Aria: Ciel E Terra Armi Di SdegnoRolando Villazón 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Rolando Villazon’s new album coincides with the Mexican tenor’s appearances as a judge and mentor on the TV reality show, Popstar to Operastar. It’s no surprise, then, that this selection of newly and previously recorded tracks is designed to appeal to the broadest possible section of the CD-buying public. The greater surprise is that, with the new recordings, Villazon has allowed himself to be drawn so far away from his usual musical comfort zone.

Look down Villazon’s discography and you’ll see that it largely consists of the 19th century repertoire with which he made his name, spiced up with a couple of recent Baroque adventures. Here, for the first time, he indulges in some lighter musical fare, such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night and Mitch Leigh’s The Impossible Dream. These songs are the disc’s undoing. Show tunes are a toughie for any opera singer, and Villazon, like many before him, has fallen into the trap of not sufficiently toning down his operatic delivery. The effect is exacerbated by the fact that singing in English is not his forte; he knows this, which is why he stuck to Italian-language arias for his Handel album. One has to wonder, listening to his thickly accented, operatic rendition of The Impossible Dream, why he and his marketing men didn’t think to apply the same logic here.

It isn’t all bad, though. The newly recorded arias by Donizetti, Verdi and Tosti show the extent to which Villazon has vocally and dramatically owned this repertoire in recent years, even if they’re perhaps not as effortlessly sung as the disc’s older tracks. Of the earlier recordings, the Handel is a particular pleasure; Villazon’s interpretations are a far cry from the coolly elegant poise of Ian Bostridge and won’t be to the taste of die-hard early performance enthusiasts, but that is also their appeal. They can and should be enjoyed for the way in which he injects these stylised Baroque masterpieces with Romantic warmth and fruitiness of tone, carried out with a thorough mastery of the repertoire’s technical demands.

Villazon is a great singer and performer. He and his label should have believed in his ability to pull in the masses with what he is good at. Namely, opera. --Charlotte Gardner

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CD Description

On Tenor, world-renowned tenor Rolando Villazón showcases some of the leading arias, as popularised by operatic legends including The Three Tenors: Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras. The great arias on this album vary from sophisticated Handel, emotional operatic greats by Verdi and Puccini, through to 20th Century classics from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an opera star 9 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Mexican born (1972) Rolando Villazon's career has been simmering since 1999 after his award winning performance at the Operalia International competition in Puerto Rico. Since then he has established himself in the opera world as a leading tenor having performed in numerous performances worldwide.

But it was not until the 2010 ITV1 television show Popstar to Operastar that he has found widespread recognition, helped in no small way by his slightly flamboyant and eccentric antics as one of the judges on the show.

Viewers of the show will wonder what this album content is, and although to non opera fans the track list may be unfamiliar, much of the music will be instantly recognisable. It's a mixture of familiar favourites with a few lesser known works thrown in. I think it works very well, particularly the duets with Russian soprano Anna Netrebko.

Of the 15 tracks, 8 have been previously available and the other 7 were recorded in December 2009 after his surgery for throat problems. A little repetition for existing fans maybe, but that's offset by a chance to hear that the post op voice still works. But the real intention of this album, released at the half way stage of the TV show, is to capture a wider audience from outside the traditional opera fan base.

I'm all for broadening one's appreciation of music, and while I agree with Villazon's claim that `anyone can sing opera', I think I'd be polite in saying that the TV show reveals some can sing it a little better than others.

A great album which serves as a perfect introduction to Villazon and should not disappoint viewers (myself included) of the TV show
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tenor Voice of Great Charm 11 Feb 2010
By Angela
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have everything Rolando Villazon has recorded on CD and DVD except for a Spanish CD of the opera 'Romeo and Juliet' which I have yet to track down! I am delighted with Rolando Villazon's new CD 'Tenor', what a relief to hear him singing again live on TV and on this CD. Of all male voices the tenor commands the most respect and is the most in demand for it's special ability to maintain high notes and immediate charm. Lots of Rolando's charm is in evidence here in this showcase compilation. It is a treat to hear him singing Musical Theatre in English as he often does in concert (such as in the 'Berlin Concert' available on DVD). The 'Impossible Dream' holds great meaning for him, in a recent article he said he has seen the film and stage show countless times and hopes to play the role one day. One of my favourite arias is that of the young man in love, Nemorino, from 'L'Elisir D'Amore' Una Furtiva Lagrima "What more do I need? She loves me, yes I see she loves me". This aria requires sincerity and the inner fire of an inspired singer which Rolando undoubtedly is.
(The explanatory notes on each piece are good but previous DG recordings have provided translations to the arias and I always appreciate this very much.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compilation for Everyone! 19 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have almost all of Rolando's Cds and DVDS and I have been waiting for this Cd ever since I knew of it's inception and I am delighted with it. Firstly of course to know that Rolando is singing as beautifully as ever and secondly because he has included three songs from musicals sung in English as well as the well loved classics. This is an album for everyone who loves beautiful music whether a died in the wool opera lover or someone who just enjoys beautiful singing, and who better than Rolando to demonstrate the varied colours and emotions required by the diversity of choice on this album. It has been played repeatedly since I received it, and each time I hear something I have missed it! You will definitely enjoy it!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance 9 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Rolando Villazon, the Mexican tenor is considered the best of his generation and after winning the Zarzuela Prize and Audience Prize in Placido Domingo's Operalia competition in 1999 instantly became an international hot property in the opera world. Currently he is a judge on ITV's 'Popstar to Operastar' as he has put his career on hold after undergoing throat surgery. It is good to have a new album from this charismatic great singer.

Here you have fifteen great songs, twelve from classical operas and the other three from musicals. All in all this is a great album that you can relax to at any time, and I must admit that if you are like me you will want to sing along to some of these. Before you ask I can't help myself when 'O sole mio' and 'O soave faniculla' are sung, much to everybody else's embarrassment; they all seem to disappear and deny any knowledge of me.

Villazon always manages to put such passion into his singing and with his distinctive voice this is a pure pleasure to listen to. In the jacket booklet there is something about all the songs so that if you don't know the operas you can read this and understand the song and put it in context.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chukka, Chukka, Chukka! 10 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Until I watched Pop Star to Opera Star I had no idea who Rolando Villazon was. I was completely blown away after I heard him sing on the show and immediately searched Amazon for his new CD. This man sings amazingly. He sings with the whole of his being and is totally believable when he says he tries to sing as if it was the most important performance of his life. There are some favourites on this CD, the ubiquitous O sole mio and La donne e mobile for example, but also some that were not familiar to me. I would usually buy a CD of a good soprano so it was a surprise to me that I chose this. I don't think you will be disappointed. This man has presence and power in the beautiful tone of his voice. I hope you enjoy the CD as much as I do. As Rolando would say (I have probably mis-spelled this) another Chukka, chukka chukka performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULL
Published 4 months ago by Carole mellor
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great cd
Don't usually like opera singers doing more popular songs as they always sound like opera stars. Rolando gets it right could listen to him sing anything.
Published 10 months ago by JJ
4.0 out of 5 stars roland villazon cd
how could one not like this man's lovely voice, bought it a while ago so hope he is still popular
Published 16 months ago by eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent his voice is back
It looks like Rolando is back and his voice also. I don't know why this cd is only available in U.K
Published 17 months ago by Edward Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars A melding sound
He has just the wright sound in his voice. A great tenor, which we have learned to love. I am sure many other people will love him too.
Published 19 months ago by Dan Rysgaard
5.0 out of 5 stars rolando villazon
very good. brilliant tenor well worth the purchase. would reccomend this to anyone who loves tenors. good choice of tracks as well.
Published on 27 Jan 2012 by A. Shoesmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
We first saw him on Pop Star to Opera Star, and thought he was wonderful, we now know he was brilliant, what a voice, lovely.
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Mrs. Peggy Milner
5.0 out of 5 stars chucka chucka performance
Absolutly fantastic I love the sound of Ronaldo's voice it is very relaxing.
Great service from seller very pleased.
Published on 23 July 2011 by Ms. E. Colley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Rolando!

I've just received the 'Tenor ' CD by Ronaldo Villazon today and I can't stop playing it!! It's absolutely brilliant! Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by flintpender
2.0 out of 5 stars A basically excellent rercording needlessly spoilt
Rolando Villazon is a very fine tenor, - no question at all, - but in this recording I was expecting a delight of classic Italian opera. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by Dr English (just that!)
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