2012-2013 Season Announced
Rolando Villazón’s 2012-2013 season sees, among many highlights, the Mexican tenor’s return to the American concert stage, an extensive European tour of Verdi arias, a reprisal of his acclaimed performances in La traviata and La bohème, and a continued exploration of Mozart’s music.
This autumn, Rolando returns to the United States as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. His performances with the Orchestra take him to both Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (October 19, 20, 21) and New York’s Carnegie Hall (October 23). Also in the autumn, Rolando joins pianist Gerold Huber for recitals in Germany as well as in Italy at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.
Next season also includes performances of some of Rolando’s most well-received roles. In March 2013, he returns to the Wiener Staatsoper in La traviata as Alfredo. He will also reprise his signature Nemorino in a production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in May and June of next year.
Throughout the season, Rolando continues his exploration of Mozart’s music as part of his long-term commitment to the composer’s work. The Mexican tenor makes his debut in Mozart’s rarely-heard early opera Lucio Silla during the annual Mozart-Woche in Salzburg (January 24 & 29, February 1). Then, with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Rolando joins maestro Daniel Barenboim in the German capital for a variety of performances: orchestral songs by Verdi and Berio (March 26), Mozart’s Requiem with a cast that boasts Maria Bengtsson, Bernarda Fink, and René Pape (April 1), and a concert program that juxtaposes Mozart’s music with Elliott Carter’s (April 8 & 9).
In June, Rolando and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra mark the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi with an extensive tour of the master composer’s most celebrated opera arias, with stops in Hamburg, Paris, Frankfurt, Geneva, Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Baden-Baden, Toulouse, and Barcelona.