Born in Lima, Peru, Juan Diego Flórez undertook music studies both in his native Lima and at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1996 he 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, Flórez has become the Rossini tenor of choice in major international theaters.Flórez has enjoyed great success in theaters such as La Scala of Milan (Gluck’s Armide, Falstaff, Nino Rota’s Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Nina Pazza per Amore, La Sonnambula, Italiana in Algeri,Cenerentola), Comunale of Florence (Le Comte Ory, Falstaff), Carlo Felice in Genoa (La Cenerentola, Le Comte Ory, Donna del lago, Fille du regiment), Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Matilde di Shabran, Il Signor Bruschino, Petite Messe Solennelle, La Cenerentola, Il Viaggio a Reims, Donna del lago, Stabat Mater, Le Comte Ory, Barbiere di Siviglia), Regio of Turin (La Sonnambula, Stabat Mater, Maria Stuarda) Accademy of Santa Cecilia in Rome (Stabat Mater and Cantata, both by Rossini, Recital), Comunale of Bologna (Il Viaggio a Reims, Barbiere di Siviglia, Fille du regiment, Le Comte Ory), Filarmonico of Verona (L’Italiana in Algeri, Barbiere di Siviglia), Opera of Rome
(Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Italiana in Algeri),San Carlo of Naples (Concert). Out of Italy: The Metropolitan Opera House of New York (Barbiere di Siviglia, Cenerentola, Italiana in Algeri, Don Pasquale) Staatsoper of Vienna (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’Italiana in Algeri, Gianni Schicchi, Sonnambula), Maestranza of Seville (Donizetti’s Alahor in Granata), Salzburg Festival (Donna del lago), San Francisco Symphony (Stabat Mater), San Francisco Opera (Cenerentola) Covent Garden in London (Donizetti’s Elisabetta, Rossini’s Otello, Cenerentola, Sonnambula, Don Pasquale), Konzerthaus in Vienna (Semiramide), Festival Radio France Montpellier (La donna del lago) Musikverein of Vienna (Stabat Mater), Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper (L’Italiana in Algeri) Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona (Stabat Mater, Maria Stuarda), Paris Ópera (L’Italiana in Algeri, Cenerentola), Châtelet in Paris (Falstaff) Opernhaus in Zurich (Cenerentola, Don Pasquale), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Cenerentola), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Concert).
He has sung under Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Wun Chung, John Elliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Neville Marriner, Antonio Pappano, Roberto Abbado, Carlo Rizzi, Christophe Rousset, Claudio Scimone, Ralf Weikert, Jesùs Lopez Cobos and Alberto Zedda.
Future engagements for Flórez through 2013 are scheduled for La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera House of New York, Covent Garden in London, Staatsoper in Vienna, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Los Angeles, Opernhaus of Zurich, Real of Madrid, Liceu of Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Liceu of Barcelona, Japan.
Since March 2001 he has been an exclusive artist for Decca. His third album “Great Tenor Arias” with Carlo Rizzi and OSM was released internationally in Autumn 2004. His other critically acclaimed Decca albums are Bel Canto and Rossini Arias. Last year Decca released on DVD Il Barbiere di Siviglia in the visually stunning production from the Teatro Real in Madrid. 2006 sees the release of the live recording from the 2004 Pesaro Rossini Festival production of Matilde di Shabran on CD and on DVD Donizetti’s La Fille du regiment filmed at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa in 2005. Juan Diego’s fourth album Sentimiento Latino, irresistible popular songs from his native South America and Spain has just been released internationally.
He received the Abbiati Prize conferred by Italian music critics, Rossini d’Oro in Pesaro, Aureliano Pertile’s Prize, Francesco Tamagno Prize, L’Opera Award Prize, Bellini’s Prize. His recordings have many important prizes.
Oficcial web site: www.juandiegoflorez.com