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It’s still unclear whether the vocal problems that grounded Villazón’s operatic career three years ago were physical or psychological in origin, but his record company seems determined to salvage something from the wreckage: it has relaunched him as a Mozart tenor.

In the 12 numbers on this disc, the Mexican’s characteristic timbre and open-hearted personality are well in evidence. Stylistically, the picture is cloudy. Only in the tender depths of “Aura che intorno spiri” and the patter of two buffo arias does he make his mark. Strictly for Villazón diehards.

Mozart

Concert Arias

Rolando Villazón

(Deutsche Grammophon)

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