Juan Diego Flórez
18th July 2020 21:00saturday
Main stageHistória Garden (Venue in event of rain: Veszprém Aréna)
Juan Diego Flórez, one of the most celebrated bel canto tenors of today, is to close the 17th VeszprémFest. The Peruvian opera star with his powerful charisma is often referred to as Pavarotti’s heir, and is currently one of the most sought-after tenors. During his bright career he has performed in almost all the major opera “temples” of the world, bringing outstanding success to stages such as the Metropolitan in New York, the Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London, Liceu in Barcelona, and the Staatsoper in Vienna. He has sung every lead tenor part in all the Rossini operas, but his repertoire includes Donizetti and Bellini parts too, as well as Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Mozart pieces.
Juan Diego Flórez was born in Lima in 1973. As a child, the highly trained musician, who besides singing opera is also a wonderful guitarist, dreamt of a career in pop music, and following in the footsteps of his father he sang Elvis Presley songs, among many others. The young talent was only sixteen when he was first professionally recognised by winning the first song festival in Peru. It was only after this that he turned to classical music and at the age of seventeen he was accepted to the National Conservatoire in Lima.
His international career is down to a lucky coincidence. At the age of 23 he stepped in at the last minute at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro to substitute for Bruce Ford, who had fallen ill, to play the main role in Rossini’s Matilde di Shabran, even though he only saw the music sheet for the first time during a lunch with Luigi Ferrari, the art director of the Opera Festival. His step-in performance was a huge success, and it set him off down the path of international stardom forever.
In his home country of Peru he is considered one of the greatest stars. He has received almost all of the highest state awards, a stamp with his face on it was issued in his honour, and his wedding with soprano singer Julia Trappe was broadcast live on television. The vegetarian, tennis and football-loving tenor enjoys huge popularity in the United States as well.
His soaring, shiny tone and graceful delivery makes Flórez unique, which coupled with his masculine elegance and Latin machismo mesmerises his audiences. At VeszprémFest his show will include Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Offenbach, Gounod and Bernstein songs, and will be accompanied by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra conducted by Jader Bignamini.