Juan Diego Flórez

Biography

Born: January 13, 1973; Lima, Peru  
Sometimes promoted as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti, Peru's Juan Diego Flórez is actually a very different kind of tenor, and one of a sort that has not been seen much in recent years: his voice is light, extremely athletic, and suited above all to the bel canto tenor roles of the early nineteenth century. Among the accomplishments of his young career was the restoration to its proper place of a difficult passage, long considered unsingable, Read more in the role of Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbière di Siviglia. His primary vocal model is not Pavarotti but Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus -- a performer less well known to the general public but equally well admired among opera cognoscenti.

Born in 1973 in Lima to a folk guitarist father, Flórez sang when he was young in a rock band that specialized in Beatles and Led Zeppelin covers. What set him on the road to an operatic career was a free voice course he took in conjunction with membership in his high school choir. He enrolled at the Lima Conservatory when he was 17, moving on from there to Philadelphia's Curtis Institute on a full scholarship. One mentor was Peruvian tenor Ernesto Palacio, who became Flórez's manager.

At the 1996 Pesaro Festival in Italy, Flórez was booked to sing a minor role in Rossini's Ricciardo e Zoraide but took over the lead role in a newly unearthed Rossini opera called Matilde di Shabran after the scheduled tenor had to cancel. Rhapsodic praise from hard-to-please Italian opera fans led to a debut at La Scala in Gluck's Armide and then to the rest of the world's major opera houses over the next several years. His Metropolitan Opera debut in New York came in 2002 as Almaviva in Il barbière -- a role that has emerged as one of his specialties.

Possessed of good looks and trademark curly hair that have elicited nearly universal comment among music writers, Flórez faced pressure to assume the mantle of opera megastardom. He has won praise from close observers of the operatic scene, however, for taking account of the unusual nature of his voice and sticking to the repertory to which he is best suited, avoiding for the most part the heavier roles of Verdi and reintroducing audiences to something of the full fire that might have been heard on an Italian stage of the early nineteenth century. "I think I know my limitations," Flórez told The Economist in 2002. "I have been offered Mozart's Mitridate. I looked at the part, but it's all just a little low, and he's just a bit too angry all the time. It's not for me." An accomplished singing actor with a gift for comedy, Flórez has excelled in roles such as Tonio in Donizetti's La fille du régiment and the title role in Rossini 's Le Comte Ory.

Flórez has released three solo albums on the Decca label: one of Rossini arias, one (Una furtiva lagrima) including arias by Bellini and Donizetti, and 2004's Great Tenor Arias, which in the words of London's Observer newspaper "confirms his growing reputation as one of the most exciting vocal talents around." He has expressed an interest in exploring the repertory of Peruvian song. Read less

Biography

Born: January 13, 1973; Lima, Peru  
Sometimes promoted as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti, Peru's Juan Diego Flórez is actually a very different kind of tenor, and one of a sort that has not been seen much in recent years: his voice is light, extremely athletic, and suited above all to the bel canto tenor roles of the early nineteenth century. Among the accomplishments of his young career was the restoration to its proper place of a difficult passage, long considered unsingable, Read more
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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) - Overture
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Ah! Dans ce bois tranquille et sombre
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Vos plaintes, vos regrets, augmentent mon supplice
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Pantomime [des bergers et des nymphes]
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Ah! Dans ce bois tranquille et sombre
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Eloignez-vous: ce lieu convient à mes malheures
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Ritournelle
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Object de mon amour!
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Eurydice! ombre chère!
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Accablé de regrets
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - "Eurydice! Eurydice! De ce doux nom"
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Plein de trouble et d'espoir
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Divinités de l'Achéron
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - L'amour vient au secours de l'amant le plus tendre
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Si les doux accords de ta lyre
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Soumis au silence
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - Impitoyables Dieux!
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 1 - L'espoir renaît dans mon âme
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Maestoso...Quel est l'audacieux
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Laissez-vous toucher par mes pleurs
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Qui t'amène en ces lieux
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Ah, la flamme qui me dévore
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Par quels puissants accords
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - La tendresse que me presse
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Quels chants doux et touchants!
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Air de Furies
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Ballet des Ombres heureuses
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Cet asile aimable et tranquille
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Quel nouveau ciel pare ces lieux?
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Viens dans ce séjour paisible
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Lent - Danse des Ombres heureuses
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - O vous, Ombres qui j'implore
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 2 - Près du tendre objet qu'on aime
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Viens, viens, Eurydice, suis-moi
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Viens, suis un époux qui t'adore
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Mais d'où vient qu'il persiste à garder le silence!
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Fortune ennemie
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Je goûtais les charmes
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Quelle épreuve cruelle!
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Ah! puisse ma douleur finir avec ma vie!
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Arrête, Orphée!
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Tendre amour, que tes chaînes
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Ballet général: Gracieux
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Ballet général: Gavotte
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - Ballet général: Très lentement
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) - Sung in French/Original Paris version for tenor (1774) / Act 3 - L'Amour triomphe
Introduzione
Viva! Viva Amina!
Tutto è gioia, tutto è festa
Viva Amina
Care compagne, e voi, teneri amici
Come per me sereno oggi rinacque il dì!
Sovra il sen la man mi posa
Io più di tutti, o Amina, teco mi allegro
Perdona, o mia diletta, il breve indugio
Prendi: l'anel ti dono
Ah! Vorrei trovar parola
Domani appena aggiorni, ci recheremo al tiempo
Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni
Contezza del paese avete voi, signor?
A fosco cielo, a notte bruna
Basta così
Elvino! E me tu lasci?
Son geloso del zefiro errante che ti scherza
Ah! costante nel tuo, nel mio seno
Davver, non mi dispiace d'essermi qui fermato
Che veggio? Saria forse il tremendo fantasma?
Oh ciel! che tento?
Osservate, l'uscio è aperto
E menzogna
D'un pensiero e d'un accento rea non son
Non più nozze
Introduzione
Qui la selva è piu folta ed ombrosa
Larghetto maestoso
Reggimi, o buona madre
Vedi o madre, è afflitto e mesto
Viva il conte!
Ah! Perché non posso odiarti
Lasciarmi: aver compreso assai dovresti che mi sei noioso
Lisa è la sposa...
De' lieti auguri a voi son grata
E fia pur vero, Elvino, che alfin dell'amor tuo degna mi credi?
Signor Conte, agli occhi miei negar fede non poss'io
Lisa mendace anch'essa
Signor?... chi creder deggio?
Oh se una volta sola rivederlo io potessi
Ah! non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore
Non più non reggo
Ah! non giunge
Rossini: La donna del lago - Tu sorda ai miei Lamenti
Rossini: La donna del lago - Ah come nascondere
Rossini: William Tell / Act 4 - O muto asil
Rossini: William Tell / Act 4 - Vendetta
Sinfonia
"Zitti: nessun qui v'è"
"Chi vi guida a queste mura?"
"Se viene il Cerbero"
"Vanno via come il vento!"
"Intanto Armenia 'nfra l'ombrose piante"
"Ma mo sto castellano"
"Ah! chitarella mia! dolce lusinga dell'appetito mio"
"Alma rea! Perché t'involi?"
"Bella è l'ira in mezzo al campo"
"Dottor, guarda che ceffo?"
"Di te no, non mi fido"
"Prence, Matilde, giovanetta figlia"
"Eccomi, e ognor lo stesso"
"Piange il mio ciglio, è vero"
"D'un tenero padre"
"Se fra i paterni amplessi"
"Di capricci, di smorfiette"
"Ah! di veder già parmi"
"Si, vezzosa Matilde, a voi confido"
"Questa è la Dea? Che aria!"
"Che strepito è mai questo?"
"Dallo stupore oppresso"
"Signor, me n'vado o resto?"
"Ch'io fugga ha già timore"
"Alla Contessa d'Arco un tale oltraggio!"
"Ah! Capisco: non parlate"
"Cara, quel tuo sembiante"
"Piacere ugual gli dei"
"Qual fragor? - Signor!"
"Smarrito, dubbioso, al suono di guerra sospiro"
"Altezza guardate - Venir io lasciate"
"Oh come mai quest'anima sfavilla in un momento!"
Vanne, pugna: trionfante ritorna"
"Basta nfi a cà: ho scritto meza gloria delle mie guapparie"
"Di Corradino il nome per ogni suoi rimbomba"
"Le penne de i poeti so spade assai diverse"
"Dove, o misero padre, e quando speri più il tuo figlio abbracciar?"
"Sazia tu fossi alfine revolubil Fortuna!"
"Ah! perché, perché la morte non ascolta i pianti miei?"
"Ah! Se ancora un'altra volla el ritorna al dolce amplesso"
"Pur ti ragiunsi al fin...-Cosa pretendi? - Teco battermi ancor"
"E palese il tradimento - Mente il foglio, o ad arte è scritto"
"Perfida invan tu piangi: è finto quell'affanno"
"Fra quattro armigeri immantimente"
"Pietà! Mi parli invano. Vendicato sarò"
"Mandare a morte quella meschina? Che crudelta!"
"Andate a'vostri alberghi"
"Da cento smanie, e cento sento straziarmi il cor"
"Sedotto dall'inganno"
"O ciel! chi può resistere"
"Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita"
"Matilde, Ebben?"
"Ami alfine? E chi non ama?"
"Non è vero?"
"Tace la tromba altera"
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Una furtiva lagrima"
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Una furtiva lagrima"
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Una furtiva lagrima"
1. Kyrie
2. Christe
3. Kyrie
4. Gloria in excelsis
5. Qui Tollis
6. Cum Sancto


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