Rolando’s Hoffmann an “acclaimed triumph” in Munich
Rolando’s return in the title role of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s new production of Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann has been heralded as a superlative success. DeutschlandRadio praised Rolando’s performance, writing that he sang “with a wonderfully bright tone, heartfelt and often powerful, and very elegant.” Kurier went even further in its praise for Rolando, stating that he approached his portrayal of Hoffmann “with full vocal risk, long-held high notes, sumptious cantilenas and his unique acting abilities, changing between the sadness of a clown and the enthusiasm of a child. He rightfully received tumultuous ovations. We can finally say a happy and unmitigated ‘Yes’ to his performance, and this wth an immensely taxing role.”
Der Neue Merker also lauded the performance, saying that Rolando “presented himself with a formidably sung ‘Kleinzack,’ and his sound became more and more supple and smooth over the course of the evening. His famed brilliance and wonderfully sensitive piani were all there, and his high notes were powerful and impeccable. With his enormous stage presence and acting ability, he does full justice to the torn poet.” DeutschlandFunk noted the growth in Rolando’s voice since his last performance as Offenbach’s tortured poet, saying “the shine of [Rolando]’s voice has taken on a silky quality, which seems more mature.” Die Welt summed up the performance aptly, declaring that “Rolandino is back.” Encore performances of Hoffmann at the Bayerische Staatsoper will take place on November 4, 9, 12, 17, 21 and 25.