Juan Diego Flórez
Born in Lima in 1973, Juan Diego Flórez is considered the bel canto tenor of choice in major opera houses around the world: his expressive singing, effortless high notes and brilliant coloratura make him ideal for the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. After making his official debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 1996, where he stood in for an indisposed colleague as Corradino in Matilde di Shabran, Flórez became an overnight success: his La Scala debut followed the same year, and in 2007 he became the first artist to be granted an encore at that theatre for 74 years, following an astonishing account of the top-C-studded aria 'Ah! mes amis' in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment.
Further Reading: Juan Diego Flórez
Katherine talks to the Peruvian tenor about his new disc of popular Neapolitan songs.