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26 feb. 2011


foto: Wiener Staatsoper/Axel Zeininger

En el post del 16 de febrero ( DIANA DAMRAU - DIVINE DIVA ) comenté que no me constaba que Diana Damrau hubiera cantado nunca junto con Rolando Villazón. Me escribieron casi inmediatamente dos lectoras habituales, Claudine y Edith (merci, danke!), informándome de que eso si que sucedió, sólo un día.

En junio de 2006 la Staatsoper de Wien programó un Rigoletto, en el que el papel del bufón era cantado por el gran Leo Nucci, y el Duca y Gilda eran: Rolando Villazón con Elena Mosuc y Stefano Secco con Diana Damrau. Pero un día se cruzaron los repartos, y el 26 de junio cantaron juntos Rolando Villazón y Diana Damrau.

De aquellas funciones, se conserva la foto que abre el post (casi inédita), y una crítica publicada en

El original está alemán, pero Edith ha tenido la amabilidad de traducirnóslo al inglés, y así podemos entender mucho mejor que Rolando, como Duca, estaba en plena forma, que hizo una composición muy personal del rol y que entusiasmó al público...además de que estaba guapísimo con su vestuario renacentista. También, por supuesto, se habla de las magníficas interpretaciones de Damrau y Nucci.

Leo Nucci como Rigoletto en Viena - junio 2006

Vienna State Opera
25 June 2006

Duke - Rolando Villazón
Rigoletto - Leo Nucci
Gilda - Diana Damrau
Sparafucile - Ain Anger
Maddalena - Nadia Krasteva
Giovanna - Zsuzsanna Szabo
Monterone - Janusz Monarcha
Marullo - Eijiro Kai
Borsa - Cosim Ifrim
Count Ceprano - Clemens Unterreiner
Countess Ceprano - Asa Elmgren
Page - Laura Tatulescu
Conductor: Vjekoslav Sutej

But a Duke for Rolando!
(written by Dominik Troger)

An enthusiastic audience celebrated among "sauna temperatures" the opera "Rigoletto" with the best vocal performance. Rolando Villazón sang after the debut on Thursday his second "Duke" in the Vienna State Opera.

Rolando Villazón has the ability to slip into roles like in a second skin. Suddenly he transforms a naive, gullible Nemorino and the proud and loving Roméo, in a youthful, from the efforts of a dissolute lifestyle hardly subscribed Duke; he looks like brilliant in the Renaissance costume. He hides his Intrusiveness behind the gallantry of a prince. For most of his liaisons, he is hardly encountered any resistance. (Only the men feel cuckolded and mocked.)

Gilda's innocence is a tempting challenge for him - and the young Gilda has of course never a little bit of a chance. The promise of Love is as hot as the kisses, perfectly is the camouflage of the seducer to the novelistic longing his victim: a poor student, who looks very well, can perhaps be saved by the first, innocent love. (Perhaps thinks the Duke, in those moments even mind when he up languishing with his dark timbre, but always without exaggeration, he promises affection in insinuating phrasing.) The ambience of the tavern is a bit of a likeness of the Duke, but nothing is vulgar. If he touches Maddalena, are of a few gestures of the entire vocabulary of seductive Flirts, that his dalliance is not an embarrassing moment. How can Maddalena resist and forget their passion for this man?

Rolando Villazón was in top form, filled the house with high notes, (and you could learn from him, that a short concise end of the Aria produces far more impact, as one long sung final note, then pretty soon loses the style... -> see the Rigoletto on 18 june) (Note : 18 june „Duke“ Stefano Secco, „Gilda“ Elena Mosuc). Villazón sings not a boastful Duke; through his dark, slightly melancholy timbre, the role gets a own, perfidious way: behind the hotblooded romantic yearning lurks a playfull, impulsive, small feline predator  - and the loot drops her quite easy in their mouth.

This ambiguity of character, with his timbre Rolando Villazón offers the best vocal ability, takes the audiance from the first moment caught. It appears the special and personally way by Villazóns acting ability, that he falls not one second in a plakative psychologizing. He lives on the stage the person subtle in all their versatility.

But this sentimental opera-story to telling, was not only merit Villazóns: Diana Damrau has contributed greatly to the understanding of Gildas victims. So great is their love, without reflection, that the wrath on her lover she against directs herself. Diana Damrau is a modern singing actress , exciting and in expression strongly influenced by the stages-situation - unlike Elena Mosuc, Gilda, in the first two Rigoletto  performances in this series. Mosuc - you could she call as  "classical"  in the Italian coloratura singer. (You only take her "Elvira" as a benchmark, which she sang last season with much success at the State Opera). A short-wave vibrato, that "emerged" repeatedly by Damrau, could be disturb  - depending on your taste.

Leo Nucci gave an another brilliant performance as Rigoletto - he is just at the point where his long stage experience still has the vocal resources who contribute, to be a role model.
He seeks no pity, seriousness and tragedy is dominant, he meets the audience with horror at this fate. His role in "Rigoletto"is the center of this opera, as it promises the Opera-Title. His game was well, without exaggerating to present the effect of his deformity. His revenge-feelings - he plays with elemental force.

Also Sparafucile (Ain Anger) and Maddalena (Nadja Krasteva) did their best ,  Monterone (Janusz Monarcha) - impressive cursed - , and the orchestra much more ambitious seemed as last Sunday, and it was the big Jubilation at the end - well over 10 minutes - very understandable.

Gracias a Christa, he recordado que existe en Youtube un video de ese Rigoletto, de Rolando con Elena Mosuc

                                                                         video: coloraturafan
Podéis leer, ver y escuchar más sobre Rolando como Rigoletto (en otras funciones) en el post de 19 de julio de 2009.
Aviso: los links del final para descargar audio ya están caducados.

9 comentarios:

  1. ¡Que foto y video tan maravillos!
    Realmente Rolando está hermosísimo con sus atuendos de época,con su bigotito y perita.....
    Dan ganas de ver la opera completa en DVD

    Gracias Teresa, Claudine y Edith

  2. ¡¡¡Ay, ay, ay!!! ¡¡¡GRACIAS TERESA!!! Recordar este youtube me encanta, Rolando está MMMMMMMMMMMMUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYYYYYYYYYY SEDUCTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!. ¡Gracias a Claudine y Edith!

  3. Qu'il est beau !! :o))
    La petite moustache et la barbe lui vont très bien.
    Le costume magnifique et la voix limpide,le phrasé parfait,bref un Rolando comme nous l'aimons .
    Quel dommage de ne pas avoir ce moment superbe en dvd.
    Diana Damrau brillante.
    Merci à Christa pour cette vidéo et à Térésa pour son travail (jamais fatiguée Térésa)

  4. catherine la parisienne27/2/11 9:42

    Cette photo, totalement inédite pour moi, est vraiment magnifique.
    J'avais eu l'occasion de regarder cette vidéo convaincante sur Y.T., mais j'ignorais que Rolando avait eu l'occasion de chanter le Duc auprès de D. Damrau.
    Un grand merci pour ce post très intéressant.

  5. Quel trésor! Dans la voix de Rolando, le miel coule à grands flots!

  6. Merci à Christa pour cette rareté.
    Un enregistrement vidéo de Rolando en duc de Mantoue, je ne l'avais jamais vu. Il y est magnifique, séduisant en diable, et la voix superbe !!! que de superlatifs, pour un seul homme !!, mais amplement mérités !!!

  7. Erreur de ma part ,il s'agit d'Elena Mosuc sur la vidéo et non Diana Damrau.Très bien elle aussi.
    J'aime beaucoup la petite mèche rebelle qui tombe sur le front de Rolando;il me fait penser à notre D'Artagnan des trois mousquetaires de Victor Hugo :o)))
    même fougue,générosité,allure conquérante.j'arrête mes superlatifs !!!

  8. ¡Sensacional! para conservarlo. Muchísimas gracias.

  9. I think his voice such as fluid chocolate. Thanks for photo, and video.