Rolando makes La Scala debut in L’elisir d’amore

Rolando Villazón made his long-awaited debut at Milan’s hallowed Teatro alla Scala last Saturday in a new production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) by directing team Laurent Pelly and Chantal Thomas.  Corriere della Sera, Italy’s most widely-read newspaper, praised Rolando’s portrayal of the lovesick Nemorino, writing that he “possesses a beautiful tenor tone, ideal voice and breath control, and very beautiful portamenti: his truly artistic “Una furtiva lagrima” is public triumph.”  L’elisir d’more runs through October 22.