Highlights of Rolando’s autumn 2011 include operas in Munich and Zurich as well as concerts in Paris and Vienna
Following a successful role debut as Don Ottavio in Baden-Baden over the summer, Rolando travels to some of Europe’s leading concert and opera houses this autumn, including stops in Vienna, Paris, Munich, and Zurich. First, he returns to Vienna’s legendary Staatsoper to perform Verdi’s Requiem with the La Scala Orchestra and Chorus. Daniel Barenboim conducts the performance, which also features soprano Violetta Urmana, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, and bass Kwangchul Youn.
In October Rolando begins a six-performance run in the title role of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Running from October 31 to November 25, the new production by Richard Jones see Rolando paired with soprano Diana Damrau as the Four Heroines and bass John Relyea as the Four Villians.
Rolando then heads back home to Paris for two performances. In special gala concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on November 18, Rolando is joined sopranos Mojca Erdmann and Nathalie Manfrino and the Ensemble orchestral de Paris. Then on December 3, across town at the Salle Pleyel, Rolando performs songs from his recently released Deutsche Grammophon album Mexico! with the Bolívar Soloists.
Rolando returns to the Zurich Opera for three performances on December 11, 14 and 17 as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore. Earlier this year, critics praised Rolando for his Zurich performance as Alessandro, the king of Macedonia, in Mozart’s rarely performed gem Il Re Pastore, calling his performance “picture perfect Mozart.”