Rolando Villazón - MOZART

Kammerorchester Basel
Florian Donderer
– leading concert master

The world-renowned tenor Rolando Villazón has over the past years explored several  musical journeys.  He recorded albums of Mexican folk music,  discovered the baroque composer Monteverdi afresh and this year he is touring Europe with Verdi. Nonetheless, in 2014, he will take us to the magical world of Mozart’s music.

Rolando’s  previous Mozart engagements included: Alessandro in Il re pastore (Opera House in Zurich and the 2012 Mozartwoche Salzburg Festival), Lucio Silla (Mozartwoche Salzburg, Salzburg Festival and Musikfest Bremen 2013), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Berlin State Opera 2012 and Vienna State Opera in January 2014). In 2011, he commenced his cooperation on shooting Mozart’s last seven operas – live from Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany with Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Seguin. The first title Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) was shot in 2011, followed by Così fan tutte (Ferrando) in 2012 (Villazón will also portray this role in La Scala in July of this year). In the summer 2014, the project will continue with Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte). Rolando Villazón recorded his newest CD “Mozart: Concert Arias” with British conductor Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra. The unique CD (released in January 2014 by Deutsche Grammophon) offers lesser-known and unknown arias written by the Salzburg maestro. To promote this recording, Rolando Villazón prepared a Mozart-tour for this year, and it will start on 28 March in Prague, followed by Munich, Vienna, Dortmund, Berlin; the tour will conclude in London in May. The soloist will be accompanied by the esteemed ensemble Kammerorchester Basel which is known to the Czech audience from last year’s concert of Cecilia Bartoli in Prague.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

Lucio Silla, KV 135 (1772)

Si mostra la sorte, KV 209 (1775)
aria for tenor and orchestra

Per pietà, non ricercate, KV 420 (1783)
aria for tenor and orchestra

Two Marches for Orchestra in D major, KV 335 (320a) (1779)    

Misero! O sogno… Aura, che intorno spiri, KV 431 (425b) (1783)
recitative and aria for tenor and orchestra


In today’s concert halls, we are used to hearing symphonies played in their entirety, but in Mozart’s era symphonic movements were often heard interspersed with other pieces. Mozart’s Prague Symphony will be performed in this manner during the second half of the programme.

Adagio – Allegro (First movement)
Symphony No. 38 in D major, KV 504, ‘Prague’ (1786)

Va, dal furor portata, KV 21 (19c) (1765)
aria for tenor and orchestra

Andante (Second movement)
Symphony No. 38 in D major, KV 504, ‘Prague’

Dove mai trovar quel ciglio? (Pulcherio)
Lo sposo deluso, KV 430 (424a) (1783–1784)
Act I
(realisation by Franz Beyer, based on fragments of Mozart’s original score)
Finale – Presto
Symphony No. 38 in D major, KV 504, ‘Prague’

Or che il dover… Tali e cotanti sono, KV 36 (33i) (1766)
recitative and aria for tenor and orchestra

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