Rolando Villazón to Return to Santa Fe Opera Production of ‘Orfeo’

By Francisco Salazar

Rolando Villazón is set to return to the stage for a production of “Orfeo” at the Santa Fe Opera.

Following an injury that kept him out of the opening night of the production on July 29, the tenor took to social media and said, “Finally: I cannot wait to become Orfeo tonight at Santa Fe Opera and to share the magic of Monteverdi, Nico Muhly, Yuval Sharon, Harry Bicket and all my wonderful colleagues with our audience.”

According to Villazón, “The injury was caused by the harness I am flying in. I was in serious pain right away but decided to finish the rehearsal, for the whole cast and crew as it was our last run through before opening, and of course the invited audience. I had to be taken to the ER where I was x-rayed. Fortunately, no rib was broken but I have a strained and possibly torn muscle in my back. Not a minor injury…😔 The doctors told me I was not allowed to ‘return to work’ (meaning to perform) for at least four days and put me on heavy medication.”

Villazón will join a cast that includes Lauren Snouffer, Paula Murrihy, James Creswell, and Blake Denson. Yuval Sharon directs and Harry Bicket conducts.

“Orfeo” is set to run through August 24, 2023.