15/9/2014

FOTOS Y TESTIMONIOS SOBRE ROLANDO VILLAZÓN COMO PROFESOR DE SECUNDARIA (Y 6º ANIVERSARIO BLOG VILLAZONISTA)

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Como posiblemente sabréis, Rolando Villazón, de muy joven (años 1993-1996), trabajó como profesor en el Colegio Cristóbal Colón de Lomas Verdes, de los Hermanos Lasallistas.

Fue la mexicana Annel quien me envió estas fotos hace ya tiempo, que a su vez le fueron cedidas por Ximena Alicia, provenientes de Arturo, un antiguo alumno de Rolando que tenia el Anuario del Colegio. Corresponden a la celebración de la Navidad en Secundaria, en el año 1993. A destacar la corbata de Micky Mouse en la cena y su inseparable Virgilio, compartiendo honores en la foto de los profesores.

Aquí tenéis diversos testimonios de sus alumnos, los dos primeros los recibí por mail y los otros son extraídos de Youtube.

Muchas gracias a Annel, Irvin, Dave y demás.

Irvin Moreno
Hola que tal Teresa, pues si hay muchas cosas de las que me acuerdo de mi exprofesor Rolando, pues él fue alumno del Colegio Cristobal Colón como yo, y pues aunque yo era muchos años mas chico que él me acuerdo que siempre sobresalia por sus cejas y por lo flaco que era jaja, al igual que en los anuarios. también me acuerdo que siempre le gustaba cantar y hace muchos años hacían festivales de canto en el colegio y él participo.
Cuando entré a la secundaria él daba clases de Historia Universal y cuando estaba de buenas y no nos portábamos mal sacaba a Virgilio (un muppet de la rana Rene) y hacia una voz muy curiosa y nos hablaba de historia. 
Entre mis cosas encontré una tarjeta de presentacion que me dio, que decía Rolando Villazon Tenor. Y tenia un pentagrama musical y una clave de sol, la verdad no me acuerdo bien, pero de seguro la sigo conservando.
Me acuerdo que le gustaba ver el americano y era fanático de los Steelers y yo siempre quería apostar con el que si perdía que se dejara bigote jaja nunca accedió. 
Rolando solo era un joven cuidando niños, así que con todos se llevaba bien, a veces lo veías jugando con otros compañeros manitas calientes y todos lo retaban, siempre terminabamos con el dorso de las manos muy rojo.
El era un excelente profesor, pero además una excelente persona, un dia me acuerdo que lo hice enojar por que estaba jugando con un lápiz de otro compañero y estaba amenazándolo que iba  a romper su  lápiz y sin querer lo rompí por que no medí bien la fuerza y Rolando estaba ahí viéndonos, se enojó bastante y me dijo "pinche Hulk" jaja después yo creo que se arrepintió y me dijo que debíamos de cuidar las cosas por que en otros países sólo tenían un lápiz para escribir por todo un año y éramos muy afortunados de tener útiles escolares y una escuela muy buena.

Dave Chavero
Aun recuerdo cuando llegaba al salón de clases y sacaba a la rana Virgilio para darnos clases de Historia Universal, recuerdo que una vez el nos enseñaba acerca del el Mahábharata y del Ramayana, y hacia como si el fuera un cubano y platicaba con Virgilio como si fueran comerciantes y estaban regateando o negociando con esos 2 nombres, lo hacían de manera cómica para q nos aprendiéramos los nombres tan confusos que estabamos viendo en ese entonces. Virgilio le decia : q le vendía esa RAMA-YANA en 100 pesos y el comerciante cubano (ROLANDO) le decia, "OIGA CHICO ESA RAMA ESTA MUY CARA, DEJEMELA MAH BARATA", jajajaja! de esa manera aprendiamos y hasta la fecha me acuerdo creo que si sirvió, jejeje, un saludo a mi maestro querido de la secundaria , otro recuerdo que tengo de el era que cuando estábamos en clases, se escuchaba a Rolando ensayar su poderosa voz que se hacia sentir en los pasillos del Colegio cuando el ensayaba dentro del salón de música.


J. Antonio Ruiz H.
Yo estuve en clase de Artes Plásticas, impartida por Rolando en el Cristóbal Colón. Me acuerdo que era un gran profesor y amigo

Edd Frutos
Magnifico cantante y un excelente, excelente profesor de Historia. Más como el harían definitivamente un mejor país. mis respetos para el cariñosamente llamado "Guayabo".

ferthegreat
Rolando no solo es un gran tenor sino también un gran ser humano también lo conocí en 1995 me dio clases de Historia en el salón 1 D y es excelente en todos los aspectos. Rolando te felicito por tu gran éxito recuerdo cuando nos comentaste en clase que ibas a tener la oportunidad de entrar a Bellas Artes eres un mexicano líder y modelo a seguir te felicito.

castorena
A mi también me dio clase de música y de historia. ¿Te acuerdas que la daba cantada con la rana Virgilio?

renakofrias
Rolando fue mi profesor y recuerdo que usaba un títere de la rana Rene llamado "Virgilio" el cual cuando Rolando no daba la clase, la daba Virgilio, era una forma más lúdica de impartir la lección, también era profesor de artes plásticas, cuando caminaba por los pasillos iba cantando opera, lograba distraer a todos los alumnos y eso creo no gustaba mucho a la dirección general. Definitivamente diferente al profesor que habituamos, saludos!

alexolvel
El me dio clase de Historia y clase de Artes Plasticas en el CCC Lomas Verdes. De los profesores que tuve fue uno de los que me dejó una memoria más marcada. Bien por el éxito de Rolando!


Y aprovecho para celebrar con este post el 6º aniversario del Blog Villazonista ¡muchas gracias a todos los lectores y colaboradores!





13/9/2014

STAR TENOR TO PLAY FOR PITTSBURGH STEELERS IN 2014 (JOANNA)

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Star Tenor to Play for Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014

In a move that has astonished both the opera and sports worlds alike, star tenor and free agent Rolando Villazón has signed a 10-year contract rumored to be in the multimillions of dollars to play for the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers, the team boasting the most Super Bowl wins in National Football League history (six, to be exact) starting immediately, if not sooner. The news comes on the heels of the Steelers dramatic, last-second home opener win against rival Cleveland Browns.

Noted for his dizzying array of talents, including opera megastar, director, author, artist, television host, clown doctor, and ace ping-pong player, the multi-facetted Renaissance man is poised to add yet another arrow to his quiver of pursuits – professional football player.

A spokesman for the soon-to-be Steeler reports that the tenor is entertaining a variety of positions to play on the team, carefully weighing the good and the bad, the pros and cons of each.

Placekicker:

Pros: The opera star already plays soccer (OK, fútbol), so he knows how to kick a ball accurately. Also, placekickers don’t get tackled much, so that’s nice. All things being equal, it is better not to have the stuffing knocked out of you, if at all possible.

Cons: Placekickers are often viewed as weirdo outsiders who prowl the sideline talking to themselves and swatting at imaginary flies until they are summoned to make the game-winning field goal as was demonstrated in their home opener. Failure can result in numerous horrific punishments including being forced into viewing all six hours of the BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice” in a room full of women swooning giddily over Mr. Darcy.

Running back:

Pros: It’s a glamorous position that would certainly put him on the covers of “Sports Illustrated” and “Opera News” simultaneously, and almost certainly the premier edition of “Flash Mob Quarterly” as well.

Cons: Being chased by eleven 350-pound (158-kilogram) defensive players and then squashed into a pancake would make even Satre understand the difference between “being” and “nothingness.”

Receiver:

Pros: This position epitomizes poetry in motion. Streaking down the field and leaping up, arms extended, then plucking the ball out of the air while in mid-stride is a thing of exquisite beauty that even Nureyev or Barishnikov could not rival.

Cons: Streaking down the field and leaping up, arms extended, then plucking the ball out of the air while in mid-stride puts him in an ideal position to be leveled by ill-tempered opponents named “Bubba” or “Mad Dog.”

Defensive tackle:

Pros: This position provides ample opportunity to engage in the art and science of trash talking and making colorful and witty comments about the opponent’s mother. Not to mention having the best names ever like “Mean Joe Green.”

Cons: These players just don’t get the attention that their teammates do, which leads to inevitable self-doubt, nihilistic dark nights of the soul, and the endless torment of one hand clapping as the wretched victim agonizes over “Am I real?” “Is life just a dream?” “Does this uniform make me look fat?”

Quarterback:

Pros: He’s the star of the show. If he wins, he gets all the credit. No amount of confetti is too much. Winning quarterbacks snare insanely-lucrative endorsements for products ranging from baby powder to small desert islands. Babies and newly-discovered planets are named after him.

Cons: He’s the star of the show. If he loses, he gets all the blame. He is excoriated in the press and the subject of vicious tirades around the water cooler on Monday morning. His status as a true American is called into question. In extreme instances, losing quarterbacks have even been known to be kicked out of the church choir.

In addition to choosing his role on the team, the multi-talented tenor is also contemplating several catchy nicknames—the time-honored prerogative of elite athletes. In the running, if you’ll pardon the lame puns, are “The Rolinator,” “End Zone Villazón,” “Rockin’ Roli,” “Tequila Sunrise,” and “The Mexican Firecracker.”

Legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who passed away recently, was thrilled to hear that the tenor was joining his squad. “I always thought there were a lot of similarities between opera and football,” he observed. “Both are a team effort. There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’ or ‘opera.’ Both are games—a temporary suspension of the ‘real’ world that, for three soul-satisfying hours, presents us with a heightened reality that is not induced by banned substances. I couldn’t be happier than to have Rolando joining my team in the position of his choice. By the way, as far as the nicknames, I vote for Rockin’ Roli. It’s so damn cute.”

On a bit of a cautionary note, the tenor is being advised that two new penalties have been added to the rule books in anticipation of his arrival. First, it will now be illegal to burst into song at any point during the game. The National Football League cites safety as the motivating force, noting that a spirited rendition of “La donna e mobile” is sure to incite the crowd into an operatic throw-down where opposing sides will attempt to out-sing their adversaries, the din of which will make it impossible for the quarterback to call a play. Tempers will inevitably flair on and off the field, and the resulting chaos will require the intervention of the local constabulary. The new rule is being called the “O, sole mio” violation, and it will result in a 15-yard penalty, a loss of down, and suspension of garden club privileges pending review of the infraction.

Similarly, it will now be illegal to engage in philosophical debate of any kind in the huddle. Such discussions have for some time been a particular nuisance to the league and the primary cause of delay-of-game penalties. Starting this year, the NFL has adopted a zero-tolerance policy in its quest to eradicate the perennial problem. Football Commissioner Ken “Wrong Way” Kant has warned that the addition of Villazón promises to exacerbate the problem ten-fold. “Once they get yapping about my great-great-grampa’s ‘Kritik der reinen Vernunft’ and that pesky subject-object problem, there’s no shutting them up. Ugh. Adding Villazón to the mix will only make matters worse. And don’t get me started on skepticism and David Hume. Please. Listen, if Villazón is the instigator, he’ll be ejected from the game, pure and simple. Rockin’ Roli or no, he’s outta here.”

Now the naysayers may furrow their brows at the superstar’s bold move, citing the ever-popular, if dim-witted, argument: “That’s not what he’s supposed to do.” These critics should be reminded that the tenor routinely “Does things he’s not supposed to do” with great success. Case in point: his remarkable foray into the works of long-time chum and speed demon, Wolfgang Amadeus “The Rocket” Mozart, also rumored to be headed for the Steelers. And, as if any further proof of the tenor’s readiness for the NFL were necessary, the recent demonstration of his mastery of the high-flying belly-bump (« obligatoire » for any serious football player) during “Così fan tutte” at La Scala must impress even the most hardened skeptic. So when Villazón joins the Steelers, can Super Bowl championship number seven be far behind?


Joanna from New York


9/9/2014

ROLANDO VILLAZÓN, PRESENTACIÓN "KUNSTSTÜCKE" EN VIENA 7/09/14

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Book Presentation "Kunsstücke" Rolando Villazón - Vienna, 07 September 2014
Heinz Sichrovsky (cultural journalist and presenter) conducted the interview with Rolando Villazón (for the most part he asked the usual questions - those we know from countless interviews). Rolando replied with his usual charm and had - as so often - so many laughs elicits from the audience.
Between these "questions and answers": Michael Dangl - actor from the ensemble Theater in der Josefstadt - was the reciter.  He read from the book "Kunsstücke" - obviously well prepared and with skilful accentuation (Primera Tríada: 1.1.2 CRAC CRIC CRAC) and (Segunda Tríada: 1.2.2 SUBMARINO AMARILLO). 
From Rolando radiates as always an extraordinary fascination out and he has this wonderful ability to enchant also as a writer. With his magnificent talent with countless colors and deep feelings to formulate, he juggles with words, scenes and people with their different characters; with a huge range of knowledge and wonderful poetry. A feat that stirs and touches ... makes reflection and joy. A profound novel!  I'm glad not to have missed this book.
Thank you Rolando, for your great heart!
Enthusiastic applause and a lengthy queue of waiting people for a book signing… and ... Rolando - as always - friendly, happy and with a great patience of an angel!
Best wishes to all of Vienna

Edith





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Danke schön, Edith!

6/9/2014

GALA MONTEVERDI - BREMEN 4/09/14

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A Dream Came True - Il Combattimento in live with Rolando

Since I heard the Monteverdi CD for the first time, I expected the moment to hear 'Il Combattimento' in live with Rolando and, since the Monteverdi concert in Baden-Baden, to rehear, rehear and rehear in live 'Si dolce é'l tormento', 'Pur ti miro' and the other treasures.

With the 'Le Concert d'Astrée', we get the best Monteverdi, every beauty of his music, The musicians under the fabulous conducting of Emmanuelle Haim are able to show the utterly present-day and contemporary character of Monteverdi. With them, I have the feeling to be in Italy, to see Italian landscapes, fabulous cypresses, blue sky and to feel all the emotions of Italian people. I was captivated principally by the violoncello, the violine 1, the lirone, the laute. But all the musicians provide the perfect setting to enjoy the magic of the voices.

Between the Monteverdi pieces, we had two orchestral pieces by Dario Castello and an excerpt from Luigi Rossi's Orfeo. Good and challenging musics, but compared to Monteverdi, they seemed to me less inventive, although I liked the richest sounding of the orchestra and the attrative singing of Lenneke Ruiten.

Already in Baden-Baden, I liked the voices of Emiliano Gonzalez Toro and Lenneke Ruiten. This time as well, they were excellent. Toro has a great sense of humour, and with Rolando, they offered us hilarious moments in 'Tornate o cari baci'. .

ROLANDO

From the very first moment of the first piece ('Interrotte speranza') to the last note of the second encore ('Pur ti miro'), the voice of Rolando was the pure magic. After so many prodigeous, gorgeous, stunning experiences, I am unable to find news expressions to characterize the endless and timeless beauty of his voice. How to describe the uncredible strong vocal presence in every moment? The wonderful sweetness in 'Si dolce é'l tormento'? The deep warmth in 'Pur ti miro'? The heartrending voice and the pwerful stage presence in 'Combattimento'? The radiant, brilliant moments in 'Eri giá tutta mia'?

The succes was huge. Rhythmic applause, bravos!

The three singers offered us 'Vi ricorda o boschi ambrosi" and, after the loud and long continued applauses, Rolando and Lenneke Ruiten sang once more 'Pur ti miro' which was - if it is possible - even more magnificent than the first one.

The evening finished with a Standing ovation!

GRACIAS, ROLANDO!

Eleonore


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Muchas gracias a Eleonore y Anne por su colaboración

3/9/2014

PRESENTACIÓN DE KUNSTSTÜCKE EN BERLIN 29/08/14

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El pasado 29 de agosto tuvo lugar en el Berliner Ensamble de la capital alemana la presentación dKunststücke, la primera novela de Rolando Villazón, recientemente publicada en alemán (Malabares en su versión original en español). Aquí tenéis el enlace a un vídeo y las fotos de Anne (danke schön!)

















31/8/2014

ROLANDO VILLAZÓN, TOUR JAPAN REAL OPERA HOUSE SEPTEMBER 2015

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The Royal Opera will return to Japan in September 2015, following a hugely successful tour in 2010.

The Company will perform Phyllida Lloyd's production of Macbeth with Simon Keenlyside in the title role alongside Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth, Greek tenor Dimitri Pittas as Macduff, and American bass Raymond Aceto as Banquo.

Kasper Holten's production of Don Giovanni will also travel to Japan with Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo in the title role alongside Italian bass Alex Esposito as Leporello, American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Donna Elvira, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón as Don Ottavio, Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova as Donna Anna, Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva as Zerlina, and British bass Matthew Rose as Masetto.

30/8/2014

GRABACIÓN STARS VON MORGEN, BERLIN 26-27/08/14

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STARS von MORGEN des 26 et 27 août 2014

Bien que je ne comprenne pas l'Allemand, mon envie et ma curiosité m'ont incitée à assister à l'enregistrement de l'excellente émission STARS von MORGEN, dont Rolando est le modérateur.

28/8/2014

ROLANDO Y SU FOULARD GRANATE DE TOPOS, FOTOS CON AMIGOS EN SALZBURG

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Rolando con Gustavo Dudamel

Aquí tenéis una recopilación de fotos de Rolando Villazón y amigos, de estos dias en Salzburg. A destacar, el cariño de Rolando hacia el foulard granate de topos blancos que lució todos los dias.

22/8/2014

¿PORQUÉ ACABÓ EL MARIACHI EN LA COCINA DE LA EMBAJADA?

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Estas fotos, o algunas de ellas, ya eran conocidas por nosotros, pero hoy hemos sabido porqué parece que la recepción privada de la Embajada de México en Berlin, con Plácido Domingo y Rolando Villazón, en 2006, "tuvo lugar" en la cocina.