Rolando Villazon Refugee Fundraiser Tops Goal, New Benchmark Set for $10K

By David Salazar

Rolando Villazon’s fundraising campaign for the United Nations Refugee Agency has reached its goal and the tenor has offered up a special thanks to contributors.

On the campaigns page, Villazon thanked backers for helping the project reach its goal of $5,000 in one week and then pushed for a new goal of $10,000. As of this morning at around 8 AM EST, the campaign has closed in on $8,000.

“Can we go further? I think so. Let’s make it $10,000, which would heat and insulate the homes of 20 refugee families this winter. What an incredible use of our warm wishes,” the famed tenor wrote.

The campaign offers up rewards for backers including an outgoing voicemail message from the tenor for those that contributor at least $500. A video greeting goes to those that put up $1,000 while a $2,500 contribution will net you original artwork from the singing actor.

But the big prize of a dinner with Villazon will go to those that donate $10,000.

The campaign is in support of the USA for UNHCR which seeks to help the UN Refugee Agency’s humanitarian work to protect and assist refugees around the world.

Rolando Villazon is an international superstar that has performed at the major opera houses around the world and has made numerous recordings. Over the last few years he has released recordings of all the major Mozart operas, a project that he has collaborated on with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin. That project has netted them two Grammy award nominations.