|Juan Diego Flórez|
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Operatic tenor
Perhaps the world's premier bel canto tenor, Juan Diego Flórez received his training in Lima and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He made his unexpected debut in 1996 at the annual Rossini Festival in Pesaro, when he substituted for the leading tenor in Matilde di Shabran. That performance attracted immediate attention, earning invitations to Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and in 2002, the New York Metropolitan Opera. At La Scala in Milan, a particularly memorable appearance in Gaetano Donizetti's La Fille du régiment brought an encore, the first time this had happened in nearly 75 years. Flórez cites as his major influences tenors Alfredo Kraus, Luciano Pavarotti, and Placido Domingo, though originally he had little interest in becoming an opera singer. He maintains excellent control over his voice, even in the high register. Flórez is particularly known for his performances of Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini.
Father: Rubén Flórez (singer/guitarist)
Wife: Julia Trappe (m. 23-Apr-2007)
University: Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Lima
University: Curtis Institute of Music (1993-96)
University: Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, CA
Gran Cruz de la Orden del Sol del Perú 4-Jun-2007
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