Concert Juan Diego Flórez

Juan Diego Flórez | Sinfonía por el Perú Youth Orchestra | Roberto González-Monjas

Rossini | Donizetti | Verdi et al.

Fri, 02.09. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

09.08.-11.09. 2022




    Concert Juan Diego Flórez

    Juan Diego Flórez | Sinfonía por el Perú Youth Orchestra | Roberto González-Monjas

    Sinfonía por el Perú Youth Orchestra  


    Opera arias and orchestral works by RossiniDonizetti, and Verdi along with selected zarzuela hits

    Juan Diego Flórez

    Tenor Juan Diego Flórez, who was born in Lima in 1973, comes from a music-loving Peruvian family and emerged as a singer of folk and pop music at an early age. He later received professional vocal training at the Conservatorio Nacional in his native city; he then studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia from 1993 to 1996. At the age of 23, Flórez made his debut at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro in the summer of 1996, where he performed in Matilde di Shabran and was hailed as a spectacular new discovery. Riccardo Muti subsequently engaged him in Gluck’s Armide for the season opening at La Scala in Milan and soon after in Verdi’s Falstaff and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Juan Diego Flórez has been a regular guest artist ever since at the world's leading opera houses, especially as an interpreter of bel canto, including London’s Royal Opera House, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Salzburg Festival. Flórez has an excellent high range that makes him especially suited for the works of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini. At the same time, he has since expanded his repertoire and is also focusing on French roles, singing operas by Bizet, Massenet, and Gounod, as well as selected roles by Verdi and Puccini. In the 2021-22 season at the Vienna Staatsoper, for example, he will not only participate in a new production of Rossini’s Barber but will also appear as Massenet’s Werther; he will then make a guest appearance at the Maggio Musicale in Florence as Gounod’s Roméo. Flórez is also committed to social causes: in 2011, he founded the “Sinfonía por el Perú,” an educational project for disadvantaged children and young people modeled on Venezuela’s “El Sistema.” He was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2012. The Vienna Staatsoper has named Flórez, who has won numerous recording awards, a Kammersänger; he received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 204 and the Opus Klassik Singer of the Year Award in 2018.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 7 September 2017 in a lieder and aria recital, with Vincenzo Scalera accompanyingat the keyboard.

    July 2021


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    Roberto González-Monjas

    Violinist and conductor Roberto González-Monjas, who was born in Valladolid, Spain, in 1988, studied with Igor Ozim at Salzburg’s Mozarteum University and with David Takeno at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has served as concertmaster with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, which has engaged him as principal conductor beginning with the 2021-22 season. He also leads the Swedish chamber orchestra Dalasinfoniettan and works with the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. As a violinist, González-Monjas performs a broad repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary. He regularly appears with the Berliner Barock Solisten, including this season as soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. His musical partners also include violinist Lisa Batiashvili and singers Ian Bostridge and Thomas Quasthoff, as well as Kit Armstrong, Alexander Lonquich, Fazıl Say, Sir András Schiff, Daniil Trifonov, and Yuja Wang at the piano. Together with the conductor Alejandro Posada, he founded the non-profit organization Iberacademy in 2015, which aims to promote musical education in Latin America. Roberto González-Monjas, who is also active as professor of violin at London’s Guildhall School, has recorded Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the Berliner Barock Solisten and Reinhard Goebel, as well as serenades by Mozart and Schoeck with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, among others. He plays on the “Filius Andreae” violin built by Giuseppe Guarneri in 1710, the purchase of which was made possible by five Winterthur families and which is made available to him by the Rychenberg Foundation.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 18 March 2018 with the Iberacademy Orchestra in a program of works by Mozart and Beethoven.

    July 2021

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