Rightly considered one of the best lyric tenors of his generation, Rolando Villazon (correctly – Villazon) was born in Mexico City, and from the age of eleven he was professionally engaged in music. At the age of 18, he began taking voice lessons and two years later entered the National Conservatory in Mexico City. As a student, he repeatedly became the winner of various international competitions.
In 1998, he became a member of the San Francisco Opera’s Young Singers Program, where he performed his first major role as Alfred in Verdi’s La Traviata. Later, he was a member of a similar program at the Pittsburgh Opera House, where he significantly expanded his repertoire, adding to it roles in operas by Bellini, Donizetti and Barbera.
In 1999, he won the 2003nd prize at the Placido Domingo Operalia competition, where he also won the Audience Award. In the same year, he made his debut as De Grieux (Manon Massenet) at the Geneva Opera, after which he was invited to the largest European opera houses – the Hamburg and Berlin State Operas, the Paris Opera Bastille, the Brussels La Monnaie, the Trieste Opera House, the Bavarian State Opera, as well as the Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, Glyndebourne Festival. In the 04/2004 season, he performed at the London Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Netherlands Opera, the New York Metropolitan Opera, and in 2004 made his debut at the Vienna State Opera with great success. Since XNUMX, Rolando Villazon has been the exclusive artist of Virgin Classics, for which he has recorded two albums.
Since 2007, he began to experience problems with his voice, underwent surgery on his vocal cords. In April 2009, the tenor announced that he was ending his career after undergoing surgery. The first performance after restoration took place on the stage of the Vienna State Opera as Nemorino (Donizetti’s Love Potion) in March 2010. In January 2011, Villazon made his directorial debut with Massenet’s Werther at the Opéra de Lyon.