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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Recital, 21 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Italian Opera Arias (Audio CD)
I don't usually write reviews, but after listening to this recital by Rolando Villazon I felt I had to.
This is the most exciting Operatic Tenor recital I have heard in about 25 years! Not since the early recordings of Pavarotti and Domingo have I heard singing of such quality. I realise that Villazon doesn't have the ease in the top register that the young Pavarotti had, although his high notes are good; and he may not have the roundness and richness of tone of Domingo, although his tone is warm. What he does have in spades however is a voice that is instantly recogniseable, a voice full of passion backed up by obvious intelligence and first rate musicality. This is glorious tenor singing by anyones standards. Just listen to the first track from Cilea's 'L'Arlesiana.' He is equally good in the aria from Verdi's 'I Lombardi' and Donizetti's 'Il Duca D'Alba.' There are a few forced notes but nothing to worry about. Move over Alagna this guy is going to show you how these things should be sung.
If you love tenor singing, do yourself a favour and buy this recital. This man is going places. This isn't the next Pavarotti or Domingo, this IS Villazon!
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