Concert Juan Diego Flórez

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

Rossini | Donizetti | Bellin et al.

Fri, 02.09. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

08.08.-11.09. 2022

 

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    Concert Juan Diego Flórez

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

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    Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)
    Overture to La cenerentola
    Sì, ritrovarla io giuro from La cenerentola
    Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848)
    Overture to La favorite
    Quanto è bella and
    Una furtiva lagrima from L’elisir d’amore
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)
    O di Capellio, generosi amici, È serbato a questo acciaro and L’amo tanto e m’è sì cara from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
    Manuel de Falla (1876–1946)
    Danza española from La vida breve

    Melodies and orchestral pieces from zarzuelas by Tomás Barrera/Rafael Calleja Gómez, Federico Moreno Torroba, Gerónimo Giménez y Bellido, Pablo Sorozábal Mariezcurrena, Daniel Alomía Robles, Manuel Casazola Huancco, Miguel Ángel Hurtado Delgado, and Carlos Porfirio Vásquez

    Juan Diego Flórez is in a position to fully enjoy the glory of being a star tenor. He could jet around the globe, be feted today in New York, tomorrow in Vienna, and next week in London. He could focus on a handful of showcase roles to play his trump cards: the gleaming top notes, the striking coloratura skills, the stylish phrasing. But Flórez looks beyond the confines of his own art and also pursues a social mission. That’s why he founded the Sinfonía por el Perú in his home country, an educational project through which he provides musical training for children from disadvantaged families. And gives them a chance to change their lives. “The engine of these children is their poverty,” he explains. “It only takes them a few months to play well. They soak up everything immediately, are incredibly motivated.” Together with this orchestra and conductor Roberto González- Monjas, who was acclaimed in Lucerne in 2021 for his performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, he will create a varied program that spans from bel canto to Spanish zarzuela.

    Juan Diego Florez

    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.

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