Media Release 22nd September 2014
World’s great tenor Juan Diego Flórez to wow Irish audiences at sold-out concert at the National Concert Hall
Propelled to stardom by Luciano Pavarotti, the world’s leading tenor Juan Diego Flórez will wow Irish audiences with a selection of french arias as part his 2014 Tour L'Amour when he performs his sold-out concert at the National Concert Hall, Saturday 25 October 2014.
The King of High C's who makes a welcome return to Ireland after 18 years will be accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conductor Sebastiano Rolli for his International Concert Series debut in what is one of the most eagerly anticipated concerts of the year.
'There is simply no high tenor in the world today that can match Juan Diego Flórez’ said Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall ‘Voices like this come along once in a generation if we’re lucky, and this concert represents a very rare opportunity to hear one of the most exciting singers of our time at the peak of his powers.’
It was Luciano Pavarotti who first propelled the Peruvian tenor towards stardom; when asked in a TV interview whom he considered the best new talent, Pavarotti cited the Juan Diego’s name.
Flórez has since appeared at all the world’s major opera houses and concert halls in repertoire including Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Le Comte Ory, La donna del lago, Otello and Guillaume Tell, Bellini’s La sonnambula and I puritani, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore and Maria Stuarda, Verdi’s Rigoletto and operas by many other composers, including Gluck, Mozart, and Meyerbeer.
In 2007, he broke the tradition at La Scala by singing an encore, the theatre’s first in 75 years. This happened in Donizetti’s Fille du regiment with the aria of nine high Cs. The same happened at The Met in 2008 as a result he is now often referred to as ‘the King of high Cs’.
Future engagements for Flórez through 2015 are scheduled for La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera House of New York, Covent Garden in London, Staatsoper in Vienna, Paris Opera, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Real of Madrid, Liceu of Barcelona, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since March 2001 he has been an exclusive artist for Decca
The National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 2014/2015 is supported by The Irish Times and continues this Autumn/Winter with performances by The Tallis Scholars, Emerson String Quartet, and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with Kenneth Montgomery, conductor, Finghin Collins, piano and Rosanne van Sandijk, mezzo-soprano.
JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ, tenor
at the National Concert Hall | Saturday 25 October 2014, 8pm
with the RTÉ CONCERT ORCHESTRA | SESBASTIANO ROLLI, conductor
Bizet Overture (Carmen)
Bizet ‘A la voix d’un amant fidèle’ (La jolie fille de Perth)
Adam Overture (Le Toréador)
Delibes ‘Prendre le dessin d’un bijou... Fantaisie aux divins mensonges’ (Lakmé)
Bizet Farandole (L’Arlésienne)
Massenet ‘O nature, pleine de grâce’ (Werther)
Massenet ‘Pourquoi me réveiller’ (Werther)
Donizetti ‘Un ange, une femme inconnue’ (La Favorite)
Donizetti Overture (La Favorite)
Berlioz ‘O blonde Cérès’ (Les Troyens)
Berlioz Ballet Act II (Les Troyens)
Gounod ‘L’amour! L’amour! …Ah! lève-toi, soleil!’ (Roméo et Juliette)
Offenbach ‘Au Mont Ida trois Déesses’ (La belle Hélène)