Rolando returns to the role of Hoffmann in Bayerische Staatsoper production opening October 31

Rolando reprises one of his most celebrated roles this autumn, singing the title role in a new production of Jacques Offenbach’s classic opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. The production, directed by Richard Jones, also features soprano Diana Damrau as the Four Heroines and bass John Relyea as the Four Villians. The six-performance run opens on October 31 and closes on November 25. Of Rolando’s last turn as Hoffmann, at London’s Covent Garden in 2008, Rupert Christiansen of England’s The Telegraph remarked, “Clearly relaxed and enjoying himself, [Villazon] sang firmly and securely, hitting top notes squarely and sustaining climaxes without wavering, carving a shapely melodic line and painting the mercurial, conflicted personality of the drunken bipolar poet with tremendous wit and panache.”

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