Rolando to portray Alessandro, King of Macedonia, at Opernhaus Zürich
Next month, Rolando returns to the role of Alessandro in Mozart’s Il re pastore at the Opernhaus Zürich. The master Baroque conductor William Christie leads Rolando and a stellar cast in performances on May 5, 9, 12, and 17.
Written when Mozart was only 19, Il re pastore tells a tale of public duty and private love. Alessandro, King of Macedonia – sung by Rolando with “passion and charm,” according to the Wiener Zeitung – recognizes the true heir to the throne of Sidon in Aminta, a lowly shepherd. But when offered the throne, Aminta refuses for fear of losing his beloved Elisa. Stirred by Aminta’s magnanimity, the king pronounces the couple joint rulers of Sidon.