2016-17 season highlights: Mozart in New York and Baden-Baden; Monteverdi in Paris; Donizetti in London and Vienna
Rolando Villazón’s 2016-17 season will see the famed tenor in the major opera houses of New York, Paris, London, Vienna, and beyond, performing works by composers ranging from Monteverdi and Mozart to Donizetti and Miroslav Srnka.
The title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, considered by many to be the first surviving opera, will be his first opera of the season, performed at Musikfest Bremen in September 2016. He returns to the composer’s canon in February and March 2017 for another headlining character in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées.
From Bremen, Rolando returns to the music of Mozart and the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (September and October 2016). July 2017 marks Rolando’s role debut as Titus Vespasianus in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Presented in concert with an all-star cast that also hears Joyce DiDonato and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the performances continue Rolando’s Mozart Cycle for the Festspielhaus and Deutsche Grammophon. This survey of the composer’s seven mature operas is made possible through the generous support of Rolex.
Rolando revisits Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore as Nemorino with performances of the work at London’s Royal Opera House (May and June 2017) and the Wiener Staatsoper (June 2017). He also directs the composer’s Don Pasquale for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (April 2017).
In Munich, Rolando returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for a revival of Miroslav Srnka’s South Pole in January 2017, following its recent world premiere.