“Cheers and elation for Lucio Silla” at Salzburg Festival

The second operatic premiere of this year’s Salzburg Festival has been celebrated by the opening night audience with minute-long ovations, and Rolando Villazón’s return to the Salzburg Festival in the title role of Mozart’s Lucio Silla has been greeted with critical acclaim. Kurier hailed the Mexican French tenor as “the absolute driving force of the production” that features what Salzburger Nachrichten calls a “dream cast.” Badische Zeitung writes how “in his last aria ‘Se al generoso aridire’ by Johann Christian Bach, which [Rolando] sings in the orchestra pit, Villazón shines with great expressive power and fine legato.” For Tagesspiegel, Rolando’s performances as the Roman dictator affirmed his talents as “the ideal Mozart interpreter.” Read more about what the critics had to say here.

There are three more performances at the Haus für Mozart on July 30, August 2 and 4 before the production moves to the Musikfest Bremen for two concert performances on August 25 and 27.