Is anyone out there as disappointed as I am that Villazon has probably already seen the high point of his career? You just don't tend to see singers come back strong from a problem like he had.
I sort of felt like this might happen to him. He seemed to have a vocal coach that knew very little about opera because when he was first offered the role of Des Grieux in Manon, his teacher seemed to know very little about the role and told him to take it, because he could sing anything. I remember Villazon telling these things in an interview. I don't think it would be very good to have a vocal coach who was not familiar with the dangers of ruining one's voice in the 'Olympic-style' singing that opera requires.
Villazon was a thrilling singer because he sang with so much passion, but I think that was a bit of his downfall too. You can't go on stage night after night, and sing phrase after phrase with wild abandon, and expect your voice to last. Even singers with hardy voices like Placido Domingo, take their shots carefully, when it comes to pushing the voice in an exciting, impassioned manner. Plus, an opera singer needs to keep their schedule down to something reasonable.
Sometimes I wish there were more guilds or help for young opera singers to manage their careers and voices. I wish vocal teachers who can offer no help in these areas could somehow be outlawed, because in opera, the voice is everything, and when it's gone you are out of a job, and, as in the case of Villazon, a particularly lovely and unique instrument has been marred quite possibly for good.
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