The Rof has decided to celebrate - and to congratulate itself on – the twentieth anniversary of the début of Juan Diego Flórez, an artist born at the Rof and a frequent participator in the Festival, with a concert on Friday 19th August at 8.30 p.m. at the Adriatic Arena. The concert, entitled Flórez20, will touch on the ten operas that Juan Diego has sung at the Festival from 1998 till today: Matilde di Shabran (1996, 2004 and 2012), Il signor Bruschino (1997), La Cenerentols (1998 and 2000), Il viaggio a Reims (1999), La donna del lago (2001 and 2016), Le comte Ory (2003), Il barbiere di Siviglia (2005), Otello (2007), Zelmira (2009), Guillaume Tell (2013).
The Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna will be conducted by Christopher Franklin, returning to Pesaro after his recent international successes. Participating as a friendly gesture to this festive evening: Chiara Amarù, Ruth Iniesta, Salome Jicia, Cecilia Molinari, Marina Monzò, Pretty Yende, Nicola Alaimo, Marko Mimica, Pietro Spagnoli and Michael Spyres.
Flórez began his musical studies in his birthplace of Lima, continuing thereafter at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. He made his stage début at the Rof in 1996, where, as is well-known, though a very young man he appeared in the taxing rôle of Corradino in the first modern performance of Matilde di Shabran, as a last-minute substitute and having learned the difficult part in only about ten days. This opportunity revealed his talent to a wide audience and launched him on his brilliant international career, carrying him to the leading theatres, with R. Muti, R. Chailly, J. Levine, G. Gatti, M. Chung, G. Dudamel, C. Thielemann, A. Pappano. He is the Founder and President of the Sinfonia por el Perù association, he is a Unesco ambassador and a Kammersänger.
The Peruvian tenor says: “This will be an opportunity to revisit my memories of a city and of a festival that have welcomed me with extraordinary generosity and which I reciprocate in every possible way, promising to come and sing for them at least every other year, and, when I can, even oftener.”