12/22/2014, 7:30 pm, Smetanova síň Obecního domu, Praha
PKF - Prague Philharmonia
Christopher Franklin - conductor
One of the brightest opera stars of our times, Juan Diego Flórez will come to Prague within his European Tour L’Amour. During his last concert in Prague, in December 2012, he captivated the audience with songs and arias of the Italian and French composers along with pianist Vincenzo Scalera. This December, he will sing French opera arias, accompanied by PKF – Prague Philharmonia.
For the world’s leading opera houses, Juan Diego Flórez is very much the bel canto tenor of choice. His fluid, expressive singing and dazzling virtuosity make him ideal for the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. His operatic and recital appearances at the most prestigious venues in the world have earned him the acclaim of critics and audiences alike.
Born in Lima, Peru, Juan Diego undertook music studies both in his native Lima and at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1996 the twenty-three-year-old Juan Diego made his official operatic debut in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where his expressive voice and astonishing agility immediately won him critical accolades. Since then, he has become the tenor of choice in major international theatres, concert halls and music festivals, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Los Angeles Opera; San Francisco Opera; Washington National Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Vienna State Opera; Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna; Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Teatro Real in Madrid; Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; La Scala in Milan; Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome; Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa; Bavarian State Opera in Munich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Semperoper in Dresden; Zurich Opernhaus, Wexford Festival, Salzburg Festival; Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro etc.
His repertoire includes forty-four operas such as Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, I puritani and La sonnambula; Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles; Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto; Donizetti’s Alahor in Granata, Don Pasquale, Elisabettaal castello di Kenilworth, L’elisir d’amore, La fille du régiment, Maria Stuarda, Linda di Chamounix and Lucrezia Borgia; Gluck’s Armide and Orfeo; Meyerbeer’s L’étoile du nord; Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Mitridate; Paisiello’s Nina; Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi; Rossini’s Adelaide de Borgogna, Ermione, Guillaume Tell, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il signor Bruschino, Il turco in Italia, Il viaggio a Reims, La Cenerentola, La gazza ladra, Le comte Ory, L’italiana in Algeri, Matilde di Shabran, Otello, Ricciardo e Zoraide, Scala di seta, Semiramide and Zelmira; Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; Verdi’s Falstaff and Rigoletto, and also J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus or Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe.
Since 2001 Juan Diego has been an exclusive Decca artist, and has recorded 8 solo recital albums, 4 complete operas on CD and 6 on DVD. In total, including his discs for other companies, he has recorded 8 solo albums, 12 complete operas on CD and 11 on DVD, and made another 7 albums that fall into other categories, such as cantatas or oratorios. His recordings have won many awards, including the Choc du Monde de la Musique, Diapason d’Or, ECHO Klassik Preis, Cannes Classical Award, Gramophone Award and a Grammy nomination for the album Bel Canto Spectacular.
On February 20, 2007, Juan Diego made history at La Scala when he broke a 70-year-old taboo and gave the first encore in the theatre since 1933, much to the audience’s delight. The aria in question was “Ah! Mes amis” from Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, renowned for its nine high Cs. He repeated the feat a few months later, in 2008, at the Met, and in 2012 at the Opéra de Paris, where no encores had been heard since its inauguration in 1989.
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 Aureliano Pertile, Bellini, Francesco Tamagno and Plácido Domingo Awards and the honorary title “Kammersänger” from the Minister of Cultural Affairs of Austria. From the Government of Peru he received the maximum honour, the Orden del Sol in the grade of Gran Cruz. In 2006 Juan Diego was granted Austrian citizenship on artistic merit, but continues to retain his Peruvian citizenship as well. He has always maintained a close relationship with his native country, and has also set up a foundation in Peru with the aim of encouraging the creation of children’s and youth orchestras and choirs on a national level. The project is inspired by the Venezuelan “El Sistema”.
Georges Bizet (1838–1875)
Adolphe Adam (1803–1856)
Leo Delibes (1836–1891)
Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
Porquoi me réveiller? (Werther)
Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)
Overture to the opera La Favorite
Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)
Charles Gounod (1818–1893)
Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880)