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listen  1. Verdi: Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio / Act 2 - "Ciel che feci!... di qual sangue..."Rolando Villazón 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Verdi: I due Foscari / Act 1 - Scena: "Qui ti rimani". Arioso: "Brezza del suol natio"Rolando Villazón 7:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Verdi: 8 Romanze per tenore e orchestra - BrindisiRolando Villazón 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Verdi: 8 Romanze per tenore e orchestra - L'esuleRolando Villazón 8:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Verdi: I Lombardi / Act 2 - O madre mia, che fa colei - La mia letizia infondereRolando Villazón 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Verdi: 8 Romanze per tenore e orchestra - In solitaria stanzaRolando Villazón 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Verdi: Il Corsaro / Act 3 - "Eccomi prigionero!"Rolando Villazón 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Questa o quella" (Ballata)Rolando Villazón 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "La donna è mobile"Rolando Villazón 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "Lunge da lei ... De' miei bollenti spiriti"Rolando Villazón 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Verdi: La traviata / Act 2 - "O mio rimorso!"Rolando Villazón 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Verdi: Un ballo in maschera / Act 1 - "La rivedrà nell'estasi...Il cenno mio"Coro Del Teatro Regio Di Torino 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Verdi: Don Carlo / Act 1 - "Fontainebleau! Foresta immensa e solitaria!"Rolando Villazón 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Verdi: Messa da Requiem / Dies Irae - IngemiscoRolando Villazón 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Verdi: Falstaff / Act 3 - "Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola"Mojca Erdmann 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Tori
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Audio CD (November 19, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B008HC982O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A unique and carefully-crafted personal selection of Verdi arias and songs that takes us on a musical journey from Verdis earliest compositions 1838 to the very last he wrote for the tenor voice: the beautiful aria from Falstaff Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola 1893.

Featuring familiar, universal favourites such as La donna e mobile and Questo o quella, alongside less familiar gems from across Verdis operatic output.

Recorded in Turin, with the world-class Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, and under the direction of award-winning conductor, Gianandrea Noseda.
This is a genuine voyage of musical discovery, that will appeal to the casual classical audience, as well collectors and Verdi completists.

Rolando owes his international breakthrough to Verdi: he has made opera history in La Traviata, Rigoletto and Don Carlo, as well as being a celebrated interpreter of the breath-taking Requiem

This is Rolandos own personal tribute to one of historys most popular composers, and will be supported by extensive touring throughout 2012 and the entire Verdi year itself.

Released to coincide with Verdis anniversary year (1813 to 2013).

Customer Reviews

This music is timeless.
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Good to hear another fine Villazon performance.
Kris Zink
Villazon is one of my favorite tenors.
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This is a very interesting program, in that it is ordered chronologically from 1838 to 1893, the concluding aria from Falstaff being the last one for tenor that Verdi wrote. Even going back to "Oberto," one hears the true Verdi, and to fill out numbers both familiar and unfamiliar, we get songs orchestrated by Luciano Berio - sight unseen, one would mistake them for opera arias. The conducting of Noseda is first rate, much the best, i think, that villazon has received for his various recitals.

But aficionados will wonder, naturally, if the celebrated tenor has recovered from his much-publicized throat surgery, or would he be diminished, as happened with distressing results for Jose Carreras after his treatment for cancer? The best news is that villazon sounds like a mature artist, fully at home in Verdi's idiom, which cannot truly be said of several prominent tenors on the scene who are beefing up a Donizetti-Rossini voice to sound Verdian. Villazon has the daring, passionate attack that marks him as fearless. The upper notes ring out. Are there problems? I think they might show up in a complete opera. His recent live Wether from Covent Garden revealed a lack of sustained energy and vitality. Here, the sonority is lean; the richness of the past doesn't seem to be there anymore.

I would also say that the lower third of the voice sounds weakened. I'm no expert on Villazon, but I think he had more lower voice than he does now - listen to the bottom notes of the orchestrated Brindisi, for example, which sound hollow. But this is still a major voice and almost the only successor to Domingo among Verdi tenors who sound convincing in lyric-dramatic roles. He handles the famous arias from Rigoletto, Traviata, and Un ballo splendidly, and the flexibility of his phrasing is entrancing. Only in the Don Carlo and Requiem arias did it seem that the microphone had to lend a hand. All told, this is a very encouraging and thoroughly enjoyable recital.
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For those who feared the possible end of a career for Rolando Villazón with his throat surgery, release those fears. Here he returns to CDs with a formal introduction to the international tour in 2013 celebrating the 200th birthday of one of the most beloved composers of opera. The voice is gleaming, a bit darker and that gives it even more substance without losing that ring in the high notes and if anything his phrasing is even more sensitive than ever. He, with conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino have programmed a beautifully balanced recording from the earliest Verdi opera to the last tenor aria Verdi composed.

Since this is the first taste of a yearlong tribute and journey, it is well to offer the tenor's own statement: `Welcome to this musical journey through some of the many beautiful works that Verdi wrote for tenor. 

We start with an aria from his very first opera, Oberto. Then you will listen to other arias from his early years, from his most popular operas and from his mature period, as well as to a selection of songs orchestrated by Berio, to the solo tenor part from his great religious oratorio, all the way to the very last aria he composed for tenor. 

To perform Verdi is to perform variations on the eternal melody of the human soul. Verdi was a man who came from the people and composed for the people, a genius who never lost contact with the basic forces of the human heart. Verdi was indeed the least pretentious of all composers. When critics of his time said that he who thinks that great music is an expression of love, pain etc, is wrong, he simply replied: "And why should one not believe that music is the expression of love and pain and etc?" For Verdi, "art that misses simplicity and naturalness is not Art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kris Zink on December 17, 2012
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Mr. Villazon has returned and is singing as well as ever. Good to hear another fine Villazon performance. Recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Mozisek on December 25, 2012
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Another gem by the young tenor. He can sing anything and make it fresh. Bravo! This guy keeps on showing us how music sholuld be sung.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steffi B. Rath on January 9, 2013
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After the end of the Pavarotti era, I went in search of a great tenor. I knew that nobody could equal Luciano, at least in my estimation. However, it was not long that I found Villazon. When Villazon went through his vocal crisis, I just held my breath. Finally, I was happy to hear that he had been able to return to singing but had no idea of the quality of his new-found vocal estate.

This recording totally allays all my fears. Villazon may sound a bit more "mature", but his voice and his artistry are back in full swing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosomax on January 9, 2014
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When Rolando Villazon first appeared on opera horizon with this fantastic debut recital Rolando Villazon: Italian Opera Arias in 2004 he was justly hailed as the successor to Placido Domingo. His full-bodied ringing robust voice was smaller than Domingo's, yet the tone - remarkably similar. He also had the most fearless attacks and flowing pianissimos, and immediately established himself as a strong vocal interpreter. His La Traviata with the dazzling Anna Netrebko was the Traviata for the 21st century. An array of critically-acclaimed performances and superlative recitals followed. Just check out Massenet/Gounod: Arias ~ Rolando Villazon or Rolando Villazon: Opera Recital or Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazon: Duets. Each of these made me think "ok, move over other tenors, this one is for real!". Then something happened. Villazon developed some sort of condition that required a dangerous surgery, and now in spite of many worries he's back. So how is he doing? First of all, he revised his repertoire and focused on lyric roles. The first evidence of that was this excellent recording of Mozart's Don Giovanni with all-around stellar cast: Don Giovanni.Read more ›
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