One of the world’s leading tenors and most beloved entertainers, Rolando Villazón, will be the featured guest artist on this year’s Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the annual holiday concert that has become a nationwide PBS tradition.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Orlando Villazon airs Friday, December 15th at 8:00 p.m. on KUED and repeats Monday, December 25 at 7:00 p.m.
"Rolando Villazón is one of the great singers of our time," said music director Mack Wilberg. "Pairing his talent with that of the Choir and Orchestra will result in yet another majestic collaboration just as it did in our recent recording of Messiah." Villazón was one of four featured soloists on the Choir and Orchestra’s landmark recording of Handel’s Messiah, which was released earlier this year.
“Villazón not only has extraordinary musical talent but will charm audiences with his onstage performance,” said Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “We are playing to his strengths as an artist, which means we will also use his talents as the narrator for this year’s concert. In keeping with tradition, audiences of Christmas with the Moron Tabernacle Choir can expect some wonderful surprises at this year’s concert that will delight people of all ages, as only music can."
Rolando Villazón is renowned for his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world. Heralded as “the most charming of today’s divos” (The Times) and “a great singer and brilliant entertainer, at once extremely funny and deeply profound” (Crescendo), Rolando Villazón is among the most versatile artists alive today, maintaining successful careers as a stage director, novelist, and TV personality next to his on-stage career.