Last Monday, November 16th, the Teatro Real (Madrid Opera) offered a second concert as part of its cycle Voices of the real: a Juan Diego Flórez recital accompanied by the pianist Vincenzo Scalera.
At the end of his marvelous performance, Flórez delighted his audience with his usual (and quite famous) bis, singing diverse songs; among them was a Peruvian popular song called “José Antonio” which he sang accompanied with a classical concert guitar we had the great privilege and honour to lend to the great tenor for the occasion.
Since his last performance at the Teatro Real during the 2012 – 2013 season where he interpreted the role of Nadir in Les pêcheurs de Perles, by Georges Bizet, Juan Diego Flórez continues expanding his catalogue premiering two new opera productions each year, and incorporating songs and arias in his concerts that allow him to explore an increasingly rich and diversified repertoire.
The program he offered at The Real reflects his search for different styles and forms of expression. The first part commenced with the delicate and sophisticated songs by Henri Duparc (Chanson triste, Phidylé y L’invitation au voyage), continuing with the dazzling amorous arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Il mio tessoro”, from Don Giovanni, and “Un aura amorosa”, from Così fan tutte, in which the tenor exhibited his elegant phrasing and his celebrated legato. The program was concluded with arias and songs that consecrated him as a vocalist: Gioachino Rossini, interpreting his “Intesi, ah tutto intesi”, from Il turco in Italia, and Gaetano Donizetti, whose “Tombe degli avi miei”, from Lucia di Lammermoor, evidenced his exceptional talent for belcanto.
These two composers came back in the second half which was an homage to the Italian melodismo, along with the well known songs by Ruggero Leoncavallo and Paolo Tosti.
We would like to express our most sincere thanks to the Teatro Real and the magnificent Juan Diego Flórez for facilitating the opportunity for our guitars to shine once again on the illustrious stage of this neighboring institution we so admire.
Photography: Javier del Real – Teatro Real