V0983. ROLANDO VILLAZÓN, w.Plasson Cond. Münchner Rundfunkorchester: Arias from Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Carmen, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, La Favorita, Don Pasquale, Marta, Alessandro Stradella, Fedora, Tosca, Cavalleria, Ballo, Ernani, Eugen Onégin & Der Rosenkavalier. Virgin Classics 44701, recorded 2005.
[Villazón] is a most engaging champion. His rich tone is armed with an energetic thrust in the finely edged high notes. He is supple, a master of the distinctively Spanish art of vocal play. His manner carries total conviction.
- John Steane, GRAMOPHONE, April, 2007
Villazón's third recital disc is his best so far and marks his growing versatility and confidence....He has a gift for expressive, seemingly spontaneous nuance that keeps one hanging on every word and looking forward to the next....I unreservedly admire his finesse. He always phrases intelligently, in long breaths, and he understands exactly how to shape his melodies.
- Ralph V. Lucano, AMERCIAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2006
"A rarely fine voice in its prime, a live responsive temperament, admirable vocal schooling, all fuelled by innate musical and dramatic feeling: these are some main ingredients, all wholesome and providing the best possible assurances for an enduring career and sound development….With his third excellent recital in succession, Villazón scores…."
- John Steane, GRAMOPHONE, April, 2006