Rolando Villazón on Popstar to Operastar
The Mexican tenor talks about the return of the reality show, his relationship with Katherine Jenkins and the challenges of coaching pop stars.
Last Sunday saw the return of Popstar to Operastar to our television screens. The reality show lays down the gauntlet to eight stars of the pop world – can they really learn the art of opera in six weeks?
One of the show’s judges and mentors is famed Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón. Along with Katherine Jenkins, the pair are set the unenviable task of schooling eight pop stars – ranging from Band Aid founder Midge Ure to X Factor winner Joe McElderry – to perform some of the world’s most famous arias.
We tracked Rolando down to quiz him on his teaching methods, his working relationship with fellow judge Katherine Jenkins and the balance he strikes between being a TV star and his work as one of the world’s finest tenors.
Listen to the interview now.