Napisala i przyslala Basia Jaworski
No one loved him as much as I did, when I heard him for the first time. His Don Carlo with Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam really had the WOW factor. No less. I interviewed him twice and both times he impressed by his intelligence and common sense.
Alas, it has not lasted long. The cause? Too much, too arduous, too fast? There was talk of ‘personal problems’. He had to undergo a procedure, a growth on his vocal cords. His career came to a halt a few times. He does still sing but I can no longer like it.
This interview dates from June 2004 and was made during the rehearsal of Don Carlo.
The jubilant press releases taught me that Rolando Villazon was a real discovery. Opera Magazines even spoke of a ‘second Domingo’ which a very critical friend of mine in London, whom had heard him sing in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, could confirm.
I was very enthousiast about his first cd with Italian opera-arias ( Erato 5456262), which explains why I felt honoured to meet him, even before his Amsterdam debut as Don Carlo.