Tenor lines up big guns for his 50th birthday

Tenor lines up big guns for his 50th birthday


norman lebrecht

February 13, 2022

The following have been lined up in Salzburg for the 50th birthday concert of Rolando Villazon on February 21.

Daniel Barenboim
Plácido Domingo
Regula Mühlemann
Charles Castronovo
Magdalena Kožena
Michael Volle
Fatma Said
and more.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation but there is still resentment in the town at Villazon’s decision to cancel last month’s Mozart week – prematurely, it is now alleged.


  • The View from America says:

    Forget Rolando Villazon; he’s just a footnote.

    The really important thing is that with Placido Domingo slated to be attending, this quickly becomes the social event of the season … 😉

    • OperaFan from California says:

      Why does it matter that much now with Domingo attending? He long passed his prime time and his conducting is lack luster. Moreover he left a very sour reputation or bad name at the MET.

      Barenboim and Volle are the real deal.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    It’s nice to have friends.

  • Me says:

    Amazing how he manages to keep himself relevant

  • miriam says:

    A shame!
    Not to have the ball’s to organize the Mozart- Woche, even with less audience and lossing money.
    But his so “important”Birthday is reason enough to choose a different way.
    Dear Lord: at least,do not let him sing.
    He is since years absolutely not a singer anymore.
    Just disgusting grotesque.