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Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in Reviews | 0 comments

Villazón directorial stint is Werther-riblay?….

by Erica Papillion-Posey

Tenor, Rolondo Villazon, photo: Roberto Pfeil

Oh where, oh where has Rola(ah, ah)ndo Vil-la-zón gone? Oh where, oh where can he be? Well- uh, he’s directing now .#$^%&#$!

Wait, wait don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing improper about an opera singer directing opera however this foray into the director’s chair appears to be another attempt in a long line of career morphisms for the Mexican tenor. i.e. singing Mexican pop songs, playing a puppet and hosting the ever ridiculous and, thank God, now defunct Pop Star to Opera Star.

There are not many who have the singer to director switch (successfully, Domingo) and well, Villazón is not fairing any better in his directorial debut of Massenet’s Werther.Although the singers do a fantastic job the production does them no justice says Rupert Christiansen of The Telegraph: “Visually, it’s perfectly hideous: white trees with plastic leaves, white ruched curtains and white furniture clash aggressively with the music’s rich chromaticism. But Villazón’s fundamental miscalculation is cramming in so much excrescent detail that the opera’s basic power as a realistic romantic-melodrama on the theme of The Love That Can Never Be is negated and obscured.”

Get more from Christiansen on this directorial over-kill at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/opera/8280979/Werther-Opera-de-Lyon-review.html

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