An Interview with Juan Diego Flórez

January 28, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Juan Duego Florez in black sportscoat and white shirt, urban background out of focus.
Juan Diego Florez (Photo: Kristin Hoebermann)

Tune if for an interview with one of the foremost bel canto tenors of his generation. Juan Diego Flórez made history in 2007 when he broke a decades-long ban at La Scala giving an encore of “Ah! mes amis” from The Daughter of the Regiment, known for its nine high Cs. Not heard in Chicago since Lyric Opera’s 2005 production of La Cenerentola, Flórez makes his long-awaited return this month in a recital of arias and Italian song with pianist Vincenzo Scalera at Symphony Center.

WFMT music director Oliver Camacho gives a pre-concert talk hosted by the CSO Latino Alliance. Learn more about the January 31st recital and pre-concert event HERE.

Watch a historic performance of a rare encore given by Juan Diego Flórez  at the Metropolitan Opera.


Playlist

All selections feature tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

Giaochino Rossini: “Corriam! voliam!” from Guglielmo Tell
Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Roberto Abbado, conductor
Voce d’Italia — Arias for Rubini
Decca B0010302-02

Rossini: “Sì, ritrovarla io giuro” from La Cenerentola
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Riccardo Chailly, conductor
Rossini Arias

Decca 289 470 024-2

Jules Massenet: “Ô nature, pleine de grâce” and “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Werther
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Roberto Abbado, conductor
L’Amour

Decca B0020307-02

Rossini: “La speranza più soave” from Semiramide
Agustín Lara: Granada
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Rossini: Overtures And Arias / Latin American Favorites
Live From Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles , October 7, 2010
Deutsche Grammophon digital release

Ernesto De Curtis: Non ti scordar di me
Francesco Paolo Tosti: Marechiare
Avi Avital, mandolin
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion
Craig Ogden, guitar
Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini
Carlo Tenan, conductor
Italia

Decca 478 8408

Tomás Méndez: Cucurrucucú paloma
Jonathan Bolivar, guitar
Bésame Mucho
Sony 19075822942