Rolando to host 20th Annual Echo Klassik Awards on October 6

In addition to winning this year’s Echo Klassik Best Solo Recording/Voice (Arias/Recitals) award for his Villazon Verdi album, Rolando Villazón returns to the Berlin Konzerthaus to host the annual ceremony on October 6. ZDF broadcasts the festivities the same evening at 22:00 local time.

The award, presented by the German music industry cultural institute Deutsche Phono-Akademie, honors excellence in classical music recordings by German and international artists. Rolando is once again joined by cohost, TV presenter and actress Nina Eichinger. The two are described by event organizer and broadcaster ZDF as “the perfect duo, both presenters connect on a passion for classical music which is absolutely contagious.”

Performers in this year’s gala include soprano Julia Lezhneva and pianist Alexander Krichel.

Watch Rolando on the red carpet at last year’s Echo Klassik awards.