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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) and Elvino (La sonnambula). In the 2015/16 he returns to sing Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice), in his stage role debut.

Flórez was born and grew up in Lima, and in his childhood 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 appointed a Kammersänger by the Austrian government and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He is a keen cook.

Videos

News and features

Recommended Recordings: March 2014

Recommended Recordings: March 2014

10 March 2014

March sees an exceptional release from Juan Diego Flórez and two brilliant Jonas Kaufmann recordings.

Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

10 March 2014

Les Vêpres Siciliennes, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, The Wind in the Willows and Arthur Pita also among those nominated.

Listen: Juan Diego Flórez - 'For a singer to change their voice even a bit is a big deal'

Listen: Juan Diego Flórez - 'For a singer to change their voice even a bit is a big deal'

5 March 2014

The Peruvian tenor tells BBC Radio 3 about his changing voice, approaches to rehearsals and his charitable work.

Photos

Juan Diego Flórez in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera

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

9 December: Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in La donna del lago in May 2013

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

Juan Diego Flórez and Pietro Spagnoli in Il barbiere di Siviglia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juan Diego Flórez in La fille du régiment