“The centerstage belonged to both competing teams and their leaders and here both Rollando Villazón and Thomas Hampson demonstrated their world class vocal capabilities – since both roles are very complex, either full a capella or without sizeable orchestral backing that might soften any smallest unevenness. Both roles require both strong stage presence and acting capability, which were demonstrated at the best by both protagonists.”

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In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.

Thomas Hampson