Juan Diego Flórez... Quote. Unquote.
Image: Florez in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, New York 2002. Photo by Beatriz Schiller
From the March 9, 2004 issue of The New York Social Diary on The Metropolitan Opera Guild Luncheon in honour of Luciano Pavarotti at the Waldorf Astoria on March 8, 2004....

"There was a concert by Juan Diego Florez, the Peruvian tenor who at thirty-one is the emerging successor to the great one, and has his nod. Physically the opposite, he is small and slight, with dark hair and eyes, a movie star handsome Latin face and manner, and a beautiful voice. He drew thunderous applause and bravos and a long long applauding from The Man. Then when the testimonials and the concert was over, Mr. Pavarotti rose from his seat to take the podium. He talked about how much he loved the Met, how moved he was by this tribute and his eyes filled with tears, his voice shook briefly and he thanked everyone. This account is barely adequate in reporting the richness and warmth of this wonderful afternoon in New York. It's like entering a world enveloped by beauty that fills the air and takes you completely away from the world right outside those doors, surrounded, indeed sheltered and protected by so much talent and creative integrity and just plain love of opera."

Massimo Gasparon, Artistic Director for the production of La Fille du Régiment, Lima, April 2004 in La República, April 30, 2004...

"Juan Diego Flórez es un hombre muy profesional y bastante maduro para su edad. Es un tenor tranquilo y sereno. Lo que más me llama la atención es justamente eso, su serenidad para hacer las cosas, la misma que no le resta fuerza sobre el escenario"


Plácido Domingo at a press conference in London (published by EFE on December 18, 2004)...

"No creo que haya escasez de jóvenes promesas, están todas ahí", afirmó el artista ante un grupo de periodistas internacionales reunidos en el hotel Savoy de Londres.  El joven tenor peruano Juan Diego Flórez es, según Domingo, un claro ejemplo de que la ópera tiene el futuro asegurado: "es imbatible, sobre todo por su espíritu e intensidad".


Enrique Sacau in Mundo Clasico (21 January 2005) on Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madrid...

"Y arrasó, sin más, el increíble Juan Diego Flórez. Cada vez que lo veo en directo, me gusta más. No sólo actuó bien, sino que lució sus agilidades, su timbre limpio, agudo fácil, buena proyección y, como siempre, muy escaso volumen. El teatro se vino abajo cuando cantó el 'Cessa di più resistere', que resultó alucinante."


La Razón (23 January 2005) on Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madrid...

"Del espléndido montaje, destacó la figura desbordante del tenor Juan Diego Flórez, en estado de gracia, que protagonizó una actuación casi perfecta, con una facilidad, detallismo y frescura casi inigualables."


Bass Ruggero Raimondi in L'Unione Sarda (23 February 2005) on being asked if there were any opera stars today...

"Juan Diego Flórez lo è, sta esplodendo da tutte le parti. È bello, affascinante sa cantare, sa porgere."


Lawson Taitte of the Dallas Morning News (6 May 2006) on the DVD of Il barbiere di Siviglia from the Teatro Real de Madrid...

"Juan Diego Florez, today's greatest light Italian tenor, hasn't had an equal in the role of Conte Almaviva for 50 or maybe 100 years. He negotiates the coloratura high jinks with the ease and grace of the most ethereal soprano, yet he exudes aristocratic masculinity, both vocally and personally."



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