1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2009
I have to disagree strongly with the previous reviews. The only reason you might not buy this CD version is because it is available with a bonus DVD for not much difference in cost (see my review there). Rolando Villazon is an opera singer with a superb voice that make him stand apart from other tenors of his generation. His voice is Latin, dark and virile in the lower and middle registers, bright and glowing on top but less nasal than Placido Domingo. Villazon impresses by his musical sensitivity and intelligence and focus on expressing his texts. The energy and subtle nuances of his singing all seem to come from his response to the words, here in four languages. You cannot fail to be impressed by three arias especially, Bizet's "Je crois entrendre encore" from 'The Pearl Fishers', "La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetee" from 'Carmen and Tchaikovksky's "Kuda, kuda" from 'Eugene Onegin'. The Bizet is a superb example of soft singing spun out on long breaths with gorgeous high notes, some sung in an ethereal head voice. Beautifully sung and expressed, "Kuda, kuda" is full of passion and regret - mesmerizing! Villazon never fails to show with his voice alone the great actor that he is live on the stage. Like many others, I have found Rolando Villazon to be habit-forming. After first seeing him in 'The Berlin Concert' DVD (bought for long time favourite Placido Domingo) I purchased 'L'Elisir D'Amore' on DVD and was totally blown away by his artistry. Everything he sings seems to come up new minted. Extraordinary.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2006
I wrote a review for Mr. Villazon's first CD and said at the time that this was the best tenor voice since Domingo and Pavarotti in their prime, but what has gone wrong?
The voice now sounds pushed and forced and not at all easy. The high notes are still there but they often grate and one can now feel the preparation for them. What is worse is the fact that it now sounds all the same. The same tone and often the same volume.
Too much work in too small a time span? Please Mr. Villazon take a stock check, yours is too great a voice to lose so soon.
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2006
I am very sorry to say that this cd is not what I hoped for. It sounds like his is using too much power, where first eveything was easy, full and soft. It sounds glottish too now something I dislike. Maybe he is just tired, I hope so! Maybe his next cd will be as the first two!