As in January 2008, Rolando Villazon chose Vienna for his comeback, this time as Nemorino (L´Elisir d´amore), after vocal chord surgery. A logical choice, as he is much loved there, and audiences predictably reacted with major ovations including 5 minutes applause after "Una furtiva lagrima".
Others were rather critical of his performance, to put it mildly.
However, Nemorino is a sort of warm-up round and the next months will show. Next up is Eugene Onegin in Berlin next week in a 100% pre-choreographed Achim Freyer production where he cannot hide behind neither acting skills nor Barenboim´s orchestra.
Until we know how this turns out, why not live in the past: Same singer, same production, same place...same voice?