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Just in: Troubled tenor drops out of London Bohème

The Mexican tenor is troubled again. Here’s the ROH statement:

Rolando Villazón has had to withdraw from singing the role of Rodolfo in La bohème on 3 and 7 January, as he is suffering from acute bronchitis.

The role of Rodolfo on these performances will now be sung by Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov, who makes his role debut with The Royal Opera. He made his debut with the Company in 2011 as Ivan Sergeyevich Lïkov (The Tsar’s Bride).  Previous roles include Macduff (Macbeth) in Lyons, Bogdane Sobinin (A Life for the Tsar) in Montpellier, and Cavaradossi (Tosca) and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for Deutsche Oper Berlin. He is engaged to sing the role of Rodolfo with the Company on 5 and 18 January.


(at his DG signing)

To general embarrassment, he is introducing a feature on Bohème on the ROH and (watch here) Guardian websites.

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  1. Tom tomson says:

    Oh what a surprise!!!

  2. I did not hear recordings of Villazon when he was in really good voice — by the time I bought CDs there was a shrill quality that made it difficult for me to listen to him for long. Now that he’s having such trouble with his health, especially his voice, I am coming across recordings done by him before the strain started on the voice. Unlike some popular tenors who are still singing well, Villazon’s is a distinctive and for me at least heartwarming sound. I wish I’d heard him in person before all this began.

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