Rolando Villazón ve Fatma Said: 21.00
Superstars of opera, Rolando Villazón & Fatma Said will be at Zorlu PSM on September 30th with Gedik Philarmony and Cem’i Can Deliorman!
Through his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world, Rolando Villazón has firmly established himself as one of the music world’s most critically acclaimed and beloved stars and as one of the leading tenors of our day. Heralded as “the most charming of today’s divos” (The Times) with “a wonderfully virile voice…grandezza, elegance and power” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Rolando Villazón is among the most versatile artists of today, maintaining successful careers as a stage director, novelist, and TV personality next to his on-stage career.
Born in Mexico City, he began his musical studies at the national conservatory of his home country before joining the junior programs at the opera houses in Pittsburgh and at the San Francisco Opera. Rolando Villazón quickly made a name for himself on the international music scene after winning several prizes at Plácido Domingo's "Operalia" competition in 1999 (including the Zarzuela Prize and the Audience Prize). This was followed in the same year by his European debut as Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon in Genoa and debuts as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Opéra de Paris and as Macduff in Verdi's Macbeth at the Staatsoper Berlin. Since then, Rolando Villazón has been a regular guest at the State Operas of Berlin, Munich and Vienna, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Salzburg Festival, working with leading orchestras and renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As a concert singer he has appeared at London's Barbican Hall, the Philharmonia in Berlin and Cologne, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome and New York's Carnegie Hall, among others. In 2011 Rolando Villazón made his debut as a director in Lyon and since then has directed for the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, the Vienna Volksoper and the Semperoper in Dresden.
In 2007 the tenor became an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon. He has sold over 2 million albums worldwide and recorded over 20 CDs and DVDs which have received numerous prizes. He is also a Chévalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of the highest awards in the field of art and literature in France, his permanent residence. Rolando Villazón is ambassador of RED NOSES Clowndoctors International and member of the Collège de Pataphysique de Paris. His first novel "Malabares" was published in 2013, the second "Lebenskünstler" was published in April 2017. His third novel "Amadeus auf dem Fahrrad" was published in June 2020 and spent several weeks on the bestseller list of Der Spiegel magazine. Rolando Villazón presents his own programme series on Arte TV and has a daily show on Radio Classique in France, as well as a weekly show on the German station KlassikRadio. In early 2017, Rolando Villazón was appointed ambassador of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation and in July 2017, he was named artistic director of the Salzburg Mozart Week from 2019 onwards.
Egyptian soprano Fatma Said is one of the most exciting young artists of her generation. Hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “a discovery”, Fatma has not only distinguished herself in opera houses and on concert stages, but also in a humanitarian capacity, regularly representing her home country as an ambassador for culture and education.
In 2016, she made her sensational role debut at Teatro alla Scala as Pamina in Peter Stein’s critically acclaimed new production of Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Adam Fischer. The production, in which Fatma was described as “luminous” “warm and mature” and full of “incredible depth”, was broadcast by ARTE and has since been released on DVD.
Fatma has established a reputation as an extraordinarily gifted musician and was previously a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. In 2019, Fatma became an exclusive Warner recording artist. The 2019/20 season saw performances of Mahler 4 with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Fauré Requiem with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, recital appearances at Leeds Lieder, Wigmore Hall and Bayerische Rundfunk Funkhaus, and performances as Pamina in China with the Teatro alla Scala.
Highlights of Fatma’s 2020/21 season so far include concert appearances with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Orchestre national de France, a gala concert for Rolex with Sonya Yoncheva at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and recitals at Wigmore Hall, Leeds Lieder and the Victoria de los Ángeles Festival Barcelona. Fatma was recently named BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year, in addition to winning the Vocal Award for her critically acclaimed debut album with Warner Classics, El Nour.
Fatma is an alumna of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and the prestigious Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where she the first Egyptian to ever have debuted at the house. Fatma represented Egypt twice at the United Nations to highlight children’s right to education and dignity through music and this year was part of the “Silk Road Concert” at the Temple of Luxor.
In 2016, Fatma Said received an honorary award from Egypt's National Council for Women and was singled out for one of Egypt’s highest accolades during the first National Youth Convention: she became the first opera singer ever to be awarded the state’s Creativity Award for her outstanding artistic achievement on an international level.