Newsletter of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK


Phyllis Josell


Rolando Villazon, tenor, Romeo and Juliette


Rolando Villazon is internationally recognized as one of the leading lyric tenors of our day and has bee n acclaimed for performances at leading theaters across the world. I first heard him on February 3, 2005, when the Jussi Bjorling Society sponsored a "mini -conference" at the Los Angeles Opera's Chandler Pavilion : Rolando was due to sing Romeo that night to Anna Netrebko's Juliette, and administration officials at Placido Domingo's LA Opera had been very supportive of JBS's inquiry about our bringing a group of about 25 members to the performance. Not only we re we give n excellent seats for the performance, but LA Opera provided a room and sound equipment at the opera house for a JBS program during the day, and they even invited members of their Opera League support group to join us!