Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rolando Villazón - Opera Recital

Rolando Villazón - Opera Recital
Virgin Classics | 20 mars 2006 | Classical | APE+CUE | 3% Recovery | 273 MB | Covers+Booklet | 62'13"

This is a glorious debut recital by a tenor, from whom, if he sings the right roles and keeps way from jet-setting and too much singing, might just be the lyrico-spinto tenor we've been waiting for. He has the class of Carlo Bergonzi and a ringing tone which is somewhere between Domingo's big, dark sound and Pavarotti's brightness; he sings with a true mezza voce (not a falsetto); he always obeys the composer's markings and delineates character. He seems incapable of vulgarity, refusing to gulp or sob when a musically expressive gesture will do. The opening aria here--from L'Arlesiana--is so beautifully, touchingly sung that it's a heartbreaker; he doesn't take the usually opted-for high note near the end, but never fear: in the Traviata and Bohème excerpts, Villazon offers big, whopping high Cs. This CD is a knockout; let's hope it's only the beginning of an illustrious career, both recorded and live. --Robert Levine

1. L' Arlesiana: Lamento: E La Solita Storia (federico)
2. Il Duca D'alba, Act 4: Recitativo E Romanza: Inosservato...angelo Casto E Bel (marcello)
3. L'elisir D'amore: Aria: Quanto È Bella (nemorino)
4. L'elisir D'amore: Aria: Una Furtiva Lagrima (nemorino)
5. Lucia Di Lammermoor: Recitativo Ed Aria: Tombe Degli Avi Miei...fra Poco (edgardo)
6. I Lombardi: Cavatina: La Mia Letizia (oronte)
7. Don Carlo: Aria: Io L'ho Perduta La Vidi (carlo)
8. Macbeth: Aria: O Figli ... Ah! La Paterna Mano (macduff)
9. Rigoletto: Scena Ed Aria: Ella Mi Fu Rapita...parmi Veder Le Lagrime (il Duca)
10. Rigoletto: Canzone: La Donna È Mobile ( Il Duca)
11. La Traviata: Scena, Aria E Cabaletta: Lunge Da' Miei Bollenti...o Mio Rimorso (alfredo)
12. La Bohème: Aria: Che Gelida Manina (rodolfo)
13. Tosca: Aria: E Lucevan Le Stelle (mario Cavaradossi)
14. L'amico Fritz, Act Three: Aria: Anche Tu Beppe Giungi ... O Amore (fritz)
15. Nerone: Aria: Vergini Muse ... Quando Al Soave Anelito (nerone)



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