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Juan Diego Flórez was born in 1973 and studied music both in his native Lima and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1996 he made his official operatic debut in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, where his expressive voice and astonishing agility made him an overnight sensation and led to his debut at La Scala the same year, aged only 23. Since then, ... Read more in Amazon's Juan Diego Florez Store

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  • Performer: Juan Diego Flórez, Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien, Placido Domingo, Patrizia Ciofi
  • Orchestra: Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (January 13, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0014QNG9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Amici mei, che allegro giorno!
2. Finì...me lassa!...Vieni fra queste braccia
3. La maîtresse du roi?...Ange si pur
4. Venti scudi?
5. Una furtiva lagrima
6. Linda! Linda!...Da quel dì che t'incontrai
7. Linda! Si ritirò...Se tanto in ira agl'uomini
8. Di che son reo?...D'alma celeste
9. Partir degg'io...T'amo qual s'ama un angelo
10. Ah, vieni, nel tuo sangue vendicherò le offese

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CD+DVD pressing. For the past decade the Peruvian tenor has earned ecstatic critical and public response internationally for a technical prowess and an authoritative style that must surely equal what the public would have heard from the greatest tenors more than 150 years ago. Fl¢rez's exhilarating vocalism, matched by a magnetic stage presence, has prompted major opera companies to revive many rare works especially for him. A celebration of THE Belcanto tenor of our times The King of high Ds demonstrates yet again that he is THE Belcanto singer of his generation JDF recently broke the 70-year old taboo at the Scala of repeating an aria as an encore (Feb Fille) This "Fl¢rez and Friends" programme of bel canto excerpts gives further proof of Fl¢rez's supremacy in this repertoire. For Fl¢rez, the disc is "really a treat because you have some of the finest artists of today - and I'm not talking about me! The opportunity to hear them all in one CD is wonderful. I'm proud that I'm singing here with great singers, great colleagues - great friends." Guests artists - Anna Netrebko (soprano) Patrizia Ciofi (soprano) Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano) Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone) Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana Francesc Perales (Chorus Master) Fernando Piqueras (baritone) Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana Daniel Oren (conductor)

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"King of the Rossini tenors, King of the Donizetti tenors, King of the Bellini tenors" -- The New York Sun

"This is bel canto singing with added modern muscle." -- New York Times (performance review)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If anything, this recital shows Florez to be in even better voice than in his last album "Voce d'Italia: Arias for Rubini" (see my review). Despite the beauty of Florez' singing there, a few top notes showed signs of strain; here, the voice is more easily produced, sweeter and more characterful than ever before. For me, the plum item is his newly minted account off that old warhorse "Una furtive lagrima"; he sings with power and delicacy, managing some heart-stopping diminuendi and maintaining seamless legato. The Italian version of Florez' calling card aria with the nine high C's is as thrilling as ever and the more interesting for being less frequently heard. The choice of repertoire is judicious: a preponderance of Donizetti but a very varied selection of his arias, then two excerpts from Rossini and one by Bellini ; five are solo arias and the other five are each with a different "guest artist". I cannot, in all honesty, say that I am as impressed by any of those five other singers as I am by Florez himself; Netrebko sounds very like Freni at the beginning of her "Puritani" duet but the voice lacks the older artist's delicacy and nuance - fine singer though she is. The Polish baritone Kwiecien and Patrizia Ciofi are both fine, if nothing special; Ciofi's attractively smoky, slightly breathy voice combines well with Florez in the romantic duet from "Linda di Chamonix", and Kwiecien sings ably but ordinarily, with a rather lumpen sound and a wide vibrato. I positively disliked Daniella Barcellona's rather clumsy, laboured singing as the Marchesa Melibea in the duet from "Il Viaggio a Reims" - her voice really does not match his. Placido Domingo, in the "bonus aria" from Rossini's "Otello" proves that, despite a little straining, his voice is a miracle of preservation.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Juan Diego Florez has carved out an illustrious vocal career through distinctive artistry and a rare and wonderful high tenor voice.
All too often, however, he finds himself a 'lone voice in the wilderness' for lack of competent support from fellow performers.
His previous solo albums have full solo vocal tracks plus some scenes with choruses.
This new album showcases some duets with different partners: tenor, soprano, mezzo-soprano and baritone.
Even so, still, as the previous reviewer so aptly commented, Florez is pretty much the only person in the show.
In the past, famous singers all have their reputations garnered by partnering other equally competent singers: Callas/di Stefano; Corelli/Nilsson; Tebaldi/del Monaco; Domingo/Caballe; Carreras/Freni; Sutherland/Pavarotti...and nowadays, Villazon/Netrebko.
Who, then, would rightfully partner Florez in his bel canto repertoire? Markedly, Natalie Dessay and Diana Damrau.
At least, Florez's agent and Decca should seriously think twice in future albums to see to it that the partners are vocally on par with Signore Florez in the bel canto repertoire, as none of those in this album seems to be adept at, Domingo included.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Everybody's favorite tenor of bel canto music, Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, here shares the stage with some other fine singers in arias and duets from Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. It they all don't work as well as other then remember this is, the star tenor's words in an interview on the DVD, a celebration of bel canto music. Joining him are such luminaries as Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiencen, Patrizia Ciofi, Placido Domingo, and Daniella Barcellona. Daniel Oren conducts the Orquestra de Valencia.

Not all of the works on this recording come off without flaws, but the reigning king of this outing is Flórez - the rest is almost a moment of applause for a comrade of such gifts. Most of he works on this recording have been recorded before - it s just the matching of those with the new additions of duets that makes it worth buying.

Juan Diego Flórez is in splendid vocal estate here and while there are many available instances of his rendering of `Una furtiva lagrima', this track alone is worth the investment. He is elegant and glorious and sets an entirely new standard for his old warhorse of an aria. Note that the recording dates of 2009 and in the interim both Kwiencen and Netrebko have risen even higher in the racks of opera stars. It is a fine cluster of works performed with grace and assurance. Grady Harp, August 12
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By w on March 2, 2009
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the lost world of bel canto for men is back - in one voice. i love everything about this man but i would offer that in one of the duets [di che son reo from il viaggio], mr. florez' voice seems to lack heft in relation to mme. barcellona. be that as it may, his call of "linda, linda.." in the duet from linda di chamounix is magical and the impressions left after hearing this disc are ones of awe, mastery, and artistry. selections are also well balanced in that one is not overwhelmed by too much floridity or one vocal type. choral parts are, as on all of mr. florez' albums, included - as are the responses from other characters in the scene. i know this is a bit cheezy and discrediting, but i travelled specifically to see mr. florez sing tonio in la fille from a met box, and what a handsome and sexy man he is [those hairy legs in lederhosen] - the art work and the bonus disk acknowledge this beauty as surely as the peruvian sun rises and shines.
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