The subject of this week’s blog is an exceptional virtuoso with an immaculate technique, who is unsurpassed on the operatic stage and as one of the great voices of the 21st century!
The incredible Peruvian Juan Diego Flórez is one of the best light tenors in the world right now, possessing an extraordinary vocal quality and an incredible ability for the colaratura . He is extremely popular playing in comic operas owing to his ability to appear detached whilst expressive both in vocal tone and dramatic gesture. He is perfect for the operas of or the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini to name but a few.
Born on 13 January 1973 in Lima, Peru, Juan Diego Flórez studied popular music before accidentally turning to opera. His father was a Peruvian folk musician. Flórez‘ capacities and his voice opened the doors of the Conservatorio Nacional of Musica de Lima in 1990, then those of the Coro Nacional de Lima. From 1993 to 1996, he studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
At the age of 23 in 1996, he made his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival, performing the composer’s main role as Matilde di Shabran. The tenor followed the tour of prestigious venues: Teatro alla Scala from Milan in Gideon’s Armida in 1996, Royal Opera House in London in a Donizetti opera, Otto Mesi Due Ore , Wiener Staatsoper in 1999, New Metropolitan Opera York in 2002. This was just the beginning of a most illustrious career that has lead to Flórez becoming one of the most desired and demanded voices by all of the main opera houses in the world.
Juan Diego has received a number of awards, including the Rossini d’Oro, the Abbiati Prize given by the Italian Association of Music Critics, the Tiberini d’Oro, the ISO de Oro, the Opera Award and the Aureliano Pertile, Bellini, Francesco Tamagno and Plácido Domingo Awards.In addition to this, alongside the Venezuelan conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, he has established the Symphony For Peru which promotes the classical education an well being of children and young people on Peru. Details are here:
Jan Diego Flórez is touring and performing extensively in 2020, here is his schedule.
Concert -Viva Verdi!. With Michael Balke conducting. Großer Saal Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. 13th Jan 2020 at 20.00h.
Concert – Viva Verdi!. With Michael Balke conducting the Baden-Baden Philharmonie. Konzertsaal ( KKL) Lucerne. 21st Jan 2020 at 19.30h.
Festkonzert. With Cécile Restier on piano. Restier studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris in piano classes, Lieder and collaborator teacher, graduating with honors in 2001.
Congress Graz Stefaniensaal. 24th Jan 2020 at 19.30h.
Concert – Viva Verdi! With Michael Balke conducting the Baden-Baden Philharmonie. Großer Saal Frankfurt Alte Oper. 26th Jan 2020 at 20.00h.
Recital – Viva Verdi!. With Cécile Restier on piano. Konzerthaus Dortmund. 31st Jan 2020 at 20.00h.
La Bohème by Puccini.
Paris, 1840. On a snowy Christmas Eve, a starry-eyed poet meets a poor dress-maker over candlelight, and instantly falls in love. At first the good times roll. But will their happiness last, or does the bohemian lifestyle come at a price? With some of the most memorable music in opera, a night at La Bohème will lift every bodies’ soul and break every heart. Flórez stars as Rodolfo.
Opernhaus Zürich. 8th (19.00h) 12th( 19.30h) 18th ( 19.00h) 22nd(20.00h) 25th(19.00h) and 29th ( 14.00h) March 2020.
Guillaume Tell by Rossini
When, in 1829, Guillaume Tell had its première, at the Paris Opéra, the composer was thirty-seven; he had written some forty operas and attained wealth and fame – this was his final opera. This political yet romantic opera is a work of genius! Flórez stars as Arnold. Conducted by Michele Mariotti.
Wiener Staatsoper. 30th April 2020, 3rd, 7th, 10th May 2020.
Concert. With Vincenzo Scalera on piano. Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid .18th May 2020 at 19.30h.
Concert. With Jader Bignamini conducting. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. 21st May 2020 at 20.00h.
Concert. A special performance at the festival with reference to South American music. Grafenegg Wolkenturm, Austria. 25th July 2020 at 20.00h.
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