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Juan Diego Flórez

Tenor

Biography

Juan Diego Flórez in action.
Juan Diego Flórez in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez made his Royal Opera debut in 1997 as Count Stanislao Potoski (Elisabetta). He has since returned regularly to The Royal Opera, in roles including Tonio (La Fille du régiment), Uberto (La donna del lago), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Corradino (Matilde de Shabran), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Elvino (La sonnambula) and Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice). In the 2019/20 Season he sings the title role of Werther for the Company.

Flórez was born and grew up in Lima, and in his childhood performed in piano bars. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, subsequently won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and made his professional debut at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, in 1996, stepping in at the last minute to sing Corradino. He made his debut at La Scala, Milan, in the same year, and has since performed principal roles in all of the major opera houses, gaining particular renown for his performances in bel canto repertory. Since 2015 he has also explored the Romantic repertory, singing roles including Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Alfredo Germont (La traviata), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Raoul (Les Huguenots), Chevalier Des Grieux (Manon) and Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).

Flórez has recorded several albums for Decca and now records for Sony Classical, with which label he released a disc of Mozart arias in 2017. His many awards include the Gran Cruz de la Orden el Sol del Perú, honorary citizenship of Pesaro and the Premio Abbiati. In 2012 he was appointed a Kammersänger by the Austrian government and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Selected concert appearances include the 2016 Last Night of the BBC Proms and 2016 Concert de Paris, a unique fundraising concert for Sinfonía per el Perú at the Teatro Real, Madrid (also 2016) and a benefit concert at Lima’s Estadio Nacional to help victims of flooding and landslides in Peru (2017).

Videos

News and features

BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

15 July 2016
BBC Proms 2016: Our must-see recommendations

With more than 90 concerts over the course of eight weeks, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016
Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.

Watch: Juan Diego Flórez on swapping pop for opera – ‘I grew up with the music of The Beatles’

7 December 2015
Watch: Juan Diego Flórez on swapping pop for opera – ‘I grew up with the music of The Beatles’

The Peruvian tenor on the journey from singing pop songs in his mother’s pub to becoming an internationally renowned opera singer.

Photos

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Pietro Spagnoli as Figaro and Juan Diego Flórez as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in rehearsal for La donna del lago

Patrizia Ciofi as Marie and Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Patrizia Ciofi as Marie and Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio and Pietro Spagnoli as Sulpice in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Joyce DiDonato as Elena and Juan Diego Flórez as Uberto in La donna del lago

Juan Diego Flórez in La fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther and Isabel Leonard as Charlotte in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Orphée and Lucy Crowe as Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice.

Colin Lee, Juan Diego Flórez and John Fulljames in rehearsal for La donna del lago

Patrizia Ciofi as Marie and Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Patrizia Ciofi as Marie and Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez

Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Kiri Te Kanawa as La Duchesse de Crackentorp and Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio in La Fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez in La fille du régiment

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther and Isabel Leonard as Charlotte in Werther, The Royal Opera

Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Werther in Werther, The Royal Opera