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Villazon Cancels Everything, Again

Posted at 3:32 PM on April 30, 2009 by Gillian Martin

It's deja vu all over again for tenor Rolando Villazon.

After a 5-month sabbatical in late 2007, he had this to say:

I was exhausted...Vocally, I was tired. It was physically hard to reach notes, to sing piano(softly). You know, it started to become a job, not a pleasure, to sing. I went for a check-up and the doctor said I needed to take five weeks off. So I called my agent and said, 'The doctor says I need to take off five months!' A pause was needed, absolutely needed.

Things went well for awhile, but now he's having trouble again: he's just announced that he'll be taking the rest of this year off, too, and having surgery.