Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez sings Tonio (La Fille du régiment) in the 2013/14 Season, reprising the role from the 2006/7 and 2009/10 Seasons. His other roles for the Company include King of Scotland (La donna del lago), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Corradino (Matilde de Shabran), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) and Elvino (La sonnambula).
Flórez was born and grew up in Lima. As a youngster he sang live in piano bars. He entered the National Conservatory of Music in Lima at the age of 17 intending to pursue a career in popular music, but his classical voice emerged during his studies. He 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 of the bel canto repertory.
Flórez was signed by Decca in 2001, and has released six CDs on the label. He has received numerous accolades and awards including the Gran Cruz de la Orden el Sol del Perú and the Premio Abbiati. In 2012 he was been appointed a Kammersänger by the Austrian government and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He is a keen cook and contributed to Die Oper Kocht, a book of opera singers’ favourite recipes.
News and features
10 March 2014
March sees an exceptional release from Juan Diego Flórez and two brilliant Jonas Kaufmann recordings.
10 March 2014
Les Vêpres Siciliennes, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, The Wind in the Willows and Arthur Pita also among those nominated.
5 March 2014
The Peruvian tenor tells BBC Radio 3 about his changing voice, approaches to rehearsals and his charitable work.
4 March 2014
What did you think of Donizetti's charming comedy?
26 February 2014
We explore Tonio's beautifully lyrical aria from Donizetti's opera La Fille du régiment.
28 May 2013
Audience tweets from the cinema relay of John Fulljames's Royal Opera production.