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Biography

2015-2017:  Mr. di Villarosa decided to take time off from his busy traveling schedule to spend time with his two children.  His philosophy of family first has always been a driving force for him.  During this time he has been singing recitals and teaching voice privately full-time, helping young artists to achieve vocal freedom.  Several of his students are now singing professionally in Belgium, Germany, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.  Many of whom have released classical and pop recordings and one was a finalist on the Mexican version of "The Voice."  Emmanuel plans to return to the stage in the 2018/2019 opera season.

2013/2014: Emmanuel began with adding two new roles to his already extensive repertoire, Manrico in Verdi's  IL TROVATORE and McDuff in Verdi's famous MACBETH.  The season included Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, Don José in CARMEN, Mario Cavaradossi in TOSCA, Verdi Concert in Berlin and Calaf in TURANDOT.

2012/2013: Found Emmanuel making his celebrated debut with the Landestheater in Detmold in Detmold, Germany.  His Debut role of Don José in Bizet’s CARMEN was herald as one of the greatest portrayals of Don José in recent history.  The company toured this production in twenty-three cities and in ALL Twenty-three reviews Emmanuel was singled out as the highlight of the show.  This also marked his official directing debut as the fight choreographer, which was also mentioned in very favorable light in many of the reviews.  While performing in Detmold Mr. di Villarosa traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic to headline in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and IL PAGLIACCIO, which he performed both Turiddu and Canio in the same evening; Calaf in TURANDOT, Mario Cavaradossi in TOSCA and Don José in Bizet’s CARMEN.  This marked his 10th Production of CARMEN and his 12th Production of TURANDOT.

2011/2012: Began with Mr. di Villarosa making his debut with the State Opera in Prague as Mario Cavaradossi by way of a tour of TOSCA in Japan.  Following this, he was off to Athens, Greece to make his debut as Riccardo in Verdi’s UN BALLO IN MASCHERA with the Greek National Opera.  The highlight of the season was Emmanuel’s debut with the prestigious Teatro Colón as Alvaro in Verdi’s LA FORZA DEL DESTINO in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The 2010/2011: Season began with Emmanuel making his debut as Des Grieux  in Puccini’s MANON LESCAUT with the Den Jyske Opera touring company, where he sang 10 performances of Puccini’s most demanding tenor role throughout Denmark.  Later in the season he sang Calaf in Puccini’s TURANDOT with the Theater Hagen, in Hagen, Germany.

Mr. di Villarosa was invited back as the main focal point in 2008/2009 opera season with the Theater Kiel in Kiel, Germany.  He began with the Premiere of the five act version of Verdi’s DON CARLO, title role; and then continuing with the reprise as Calaf in Puccini’s TURANDOT and as Don José in Bizet’s beloved CARMEN.

Calaf in Puccini’s TURANDOT is a role that has brought him much acclaim in Europe with the Bremer Theater, Stadttheater Giessen.  His performances with the Bremer Theater were for the grand reopening of their newly renovated opera house.

Emmanuel also returned to the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Poland to sing Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Hoffmann in Offenbach's LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN.  He also made debuts with the National Theater Weimar, Weimar, Germany, as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s TOSCA, in Bremerhaven, Germany as Calaf in TURANDOT and with the Theater Hagen in Hagen, Germany as the Duke in Verdi’s RIGOLETTO.

The 2009/2010: Began with the Release of Emmanuel’s CD “From the Bottom of My Heart”, a compilation of Arias, and Neapolitan love songs.  Emmanuel began his performance schedule in Poznan, Poland where he debuted the demanding title role of Verdi’s ERNANI at the Teatr Wielki in Poznan. He returned to Poznan to sing the title role in Verdi’s DON CARLO and Pollione in Bellini’s NORMA.  He then traveled to Bielefeld, Germany and sand fifteen performances of Don José in Bizet’s CARMEN.  He ended the season with a return engagement in New York with the Caramoor Music Festival singing Pollione in NORMA under the baton of noted conductor Will Crutchfield.

To start the 2008/2009 opera season Emmanuel made an important debut as Alvaro in Verdi’s original version of LA FORZA DEL DESTINO with the renowned Caramoor Summer Festival under the baton of Maestro Will Cruchfield.  Emmanuel brought the house down with his third act rendition of “La vita inferno all’infelice.”

Reviews for Emmanuel’s portrayal of Alvaro were unanimously favorable.  The New York Times said, “As Alvaro, the tenor Emmanuel di Villarosa sang passionately, with plenty of ringing top notes.”  Opera News is quoted saying, “[Tekesha] Kizart was strongly partnered by Emmanuel di Villarosa, who brought true Italianate phrasing, dramatic heft and thrust, as well as a winning personalized approach to all of Alvaro's music.”  The Financial Times said, “Emmanuel di Villarosa was exciting…his firm tone never faltered.”  Caramoor Music Festival was quoted saying that “Mr. di Villarosa may be the best Alvaro since Richard Tucker.”

Emmanuel added two additional roles to his vast repertoire.  First, as Ismaele in Verdi’s NABUCCO, where he made an important house debut with Oper Frankfurt and, second as Hoffmann in Offenbach's LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN with the Teatr Wielki, Warsaw Poland.  Emmanuel’s “Hoffmann” was such a great success that he was immediately re-engaged to sing Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR later in the same season.  Emmanuel was also re-engaged with the Theater Kiel, as Don José in Bizet’s beloved CARMEN as well as Calaf in Puccini’s TURANDOT, where he had a highly successful run as Alvaro in Verdi's LA FORZA DEL DESTINO in the 2006/2007 opera season.

Emmanuel made a national commercial for Jeep Cherokee where he played the part of the Good Samaritan while singing an excerpt from LA BOHÈME.

Career highlights have included a debut with the Metropolitan Opera in THE GAMBLER, and WAR AND PEACE (live radio broadcast), Pollione in NORMA at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the title role in DON CARLO with the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Emmanuel has performed the role of Rodolfo in Puccini's LA BOHÈME over 120 times while making essential house debuts with the New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Colorado, Kentucky Opera, the New York City Opera National Company, and Germany's prestigious Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

The lovelorn and adored Rodolfo has subsequently become his signature role.  In the 2006/07 season, Emmanuel also made house debuts again as Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME with Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the title role in DON CARLO,  Cavaradossi in Puccini’s TOSCA, Opern Darmstadt, and Rodolfo in Puccini’s LA BOHÈME where he was invited back for his much-loved rendition at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

Mr. di Villarosa made his European debut with Austria’s Landestheater Linz as Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE where he spent three seasons as a fest singer performing a variety of roles which included the title role in DON CARLO, Don José in Bizet’s CARMEN, Cavaradossi in TOSCA, the title role in Gounod’s FAUST, as Jenik in THE BARTERED BRIDE, and Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR.

 

Other notable performances include a debut with Dallas Opera as Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA (student performances), additional appearances with the Bremer Theater as The Duke in RIGOLETTO, the title role in FAUST with Sarasota Opera; Roméo in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE with Connecticut Opera, the Duke in RIGOLETTO and Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Dicapo Opera Theatre, and Alfred in DIE FLEDERMAUS with Central City Opera.  Emmanuel began his career with the intimate and adored AMATO OPERA in New York City.

Concert highlights have included appearances with the Colorado Symphony at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Concert performances with the renowned Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra and as a guest artist for the live PBS telecast at the GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS with Trisha Yearwood and The B-52s.  Other roles have included Nemorino in L'ELISIR D'AMORE, Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Ruggero in LA RONDINE, Rinuccio in GIANNI SCHICCHI, Valere in TARTUFFE, Edward in PATIENCE AND SARAH, and Andrew in A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Emmanuel majored in voice at the Manhattan School of Music where he was a full tuition scholar.

He has two boys ages 16 and 12

Left to Right - Emmanuel di Villarosa, Dr. Robert Larsen, Mathew Lau, Melanie Sarakatsannis, Evelyn De La Rosa, Keith Buhl

La Rondine – Des Moines Metro Opera – 1997

Left to Right - Emmanuel di Villarosa, Dr. Robert Larsen, Matthew Lau, Melanie Sarakatsannis, Evelyn De La Rosa, Keith Buhl