Recital Juan Diego Flórez

Juan Diego Flórez | Vincenzo Scalera

Schubert, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi et al.

Sun, 05.09. | 11.00 | No. 211328

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Recital Juan Diego Flórez

    Juan Diego Flórez | Vincenzo Scalera

    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    An Silvia D 891
    An die Musik D 547
    Ständchen D 957 No. 4
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)
    Malinconia from Sei Ariette
    Per pietà, bell’idol mio from Sei Ariette
    La ricordanza
    Largo e tema in F minor for solo piano
    Paolo Tosti (1846–1916)
    Seconda mattinata
    Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
    Danse sibérienne for solo piano
    Aria “La speranza più soave” from Semiramide
    Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)
    Aria “Inosservato penetrava – Angelo casto e bel” from Il duca d’Alba
    Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
    Foglio d’album for solo piano
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
    Aria “Je veux encore entendre ta voix” from Jérusalem
    Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
    Aria “Torna ai felici dì” from Le Villi

    Juan Diego Flórez is at the zenith of his art as a celebrated tenor. Who else commands such a sovereign and captivatingly beautiful high register? Who can make coloratura notes sound more sparkling and phrase melodies more sensitively? And who is even remotely as versatile as this tenor, who performs Mozart, bel canto, Verdi, French roles, and folk music – all with the same persuasive power? Since his spectacular debut at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro 25 years ago, the native Peruvian has been a regular on the world’s major stages. Along the way, he has cautiously expanded his repertoire. “I watch my voice, know it very well, control it,” the 48-year-old says, explaining his secret. “On stage, I’m pretty fearless. And I lead a balanced life, mainly in Europe.” So his appearance at Lucerne Festival with a colorful bouquet of arias and songs fits in well with the program. And perhaps he’ll pick up the guitar again at the end to accompany himself on a South American folk song.

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    Juan Diego Flórez

    Tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who was born in Lima in 1973, comes from a music-loving Peruvian family and emerged as a singer of folk and pop music at an early age. He later received professional vocal training at the Conservatorio Nacional in his native city; he then studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia from 1993 to 1996. At the age of 23, Flórez made his debut at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro in the summer of 1996, where he performed in Matilde di Shabran and was hailed as a spectacular new discovery. Riccardo Muti subsequently engaged him in Gluck’s Armide for the season opening at La Scala in Milan and soon after in Verdi’s Falstaff and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Juan Diego Flórez has been a regular guest artist ever since at the world's leading opera houses, especially as an interpreter of bel canto, including London’s Royal Opera House, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Salzburg Festival. Flórez has an excellent high range that makes him especially suited for the works of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini. At the same time, he has since expanded his repertoire and is also focusing on French roles, singing operas by Bizet, Massenet, and Gounod, as well as selected roles by Verdi and Puccini. In the 2021-22 season at the Vienna Staatsoper, for example, he will not only participate in a new production of Rossini’s Barber but will also appear as Massenet’s Werther; he will then make a guest appearance at the Maggio Musicale in Florence as Gounod’s Roméo. Flórez is also committed to social causes: in 2011, he founded the “Sinfonía por el Perú,” an educational project for disadvantaged children and young people modeled on Venezuela’s “El Sistema.” He was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2012. The Vienna Staatsoper has named Flórez, who has won numerous recording awards, a Kammersänger; he received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 204 and the Opus Klassik Singer of the Year Award in 2018.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 7 September 2017 in a lieder and aria recital, with Vincenzo Scalera accompanyingat the keyboard.

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    Vincenzo Scalera

    The pianist Vincenzo Scalera was born in New Jersey (USA) to Italian-American parents and received his first piano lessons at the age of five. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and began his professional career as a répétiteur and assistant conductor at the New Jersey State Opera. After continuing his studies in Italy, he was engaged in 1980 as study director and pianist at La Scala in Milan, where he conducted rehearsals for such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, and Carlos Kleiber. Scalera has made guest appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, in Martina Franca, Les Chorégies d’Orange, the Carinthian Summer, and the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. As an accompanist, he has worked with such singers as Carlo Bergonzi, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Vittorio Grigolo, Sumi Jo, Raina Kabaivanska, Katia Ricciarelli, Renata Scotto, Cesare Siepi, and Lucia Valentini Terrani. He has performed with these artists in the world’s leading cultural capitals. In addition, he enjoys a long-standing artistic partnership with Juan Diego Flórez: in the 2021-22 season, they will perform recitals together at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Berlin Staatsoper, in Turku in Finland, and in La Scala in Milan. Scalera’s discography includes a complete recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s song oeuvre with Ricciarelli, the anthology Art of Belcanto Canzone with Bergonzi, and the album Comeback Concerts with Carreras. As a harpsichordist, Vincenzo Scalera can be heard on DVD recordings of Rossini’s La cenerentola and Il viaggio a Reims conducted by Claudio Abbado. He teaches at the Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri of La Scala di Milano.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 7 September 2017, in a recital with Juan Diego Flórez.

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