Juan Diego Flórez at the Royal Festival Hall

20 Jan

Juan Duego Flórez

Juan Diego Flórez, loved by opera amateurs for his looks, and classical music buffs for his exceptionally high tenor voice, is one of the most exciting opera singers around. The Times has described Flórez as “the most thrilling tenor of our age” and “one of the most extraordinary vocal phenomenons of all time”.

He was born in Lima, Peru, and since entering the mainstream opera scene in 1996 after stepping in to take the lead tenor role in Matilde di Shabran when he was only 23, he has become something of a national treasure. In 2007 he received the country’s highest decoration, the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Sol del Perú from President Alan García for being “un ejemplo para la juventud y expresión del orgullo peruano”, (a role model and an expression of Peruvian pride). That same year Flórez broke history at La Scala in Milan by performing an encore of ‘Amici miei’ from Donizetti’s La fille du régiment after his rendition of the piece, with its nine high Cs, gained an overwhelming ovation. He was the first performer to grant an encore in 74 years at the world renowned opera house. Flórez’s album Bel Canto Spectacular has been nominated for a Grammy Award as the Best Classical Vocal Performance.

Tonight he is performing at the Royal Festival Hall alongside pianist Vincenzo Scalera, displaying his vocal range across a selection of songs and arias from Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and more. The concert is part of the Rosenblatt Recitals, described by The Independent as ‘the place to go to hear hot new talent’. The performance starts at 7.30pm. Ticket costs range from £6 to £45 with 50% off for concessions.

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