For children’s right to education and dignity
The acclaimed Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez offered a memorable recital, supported by the sopranos Pretty Yende and Fatma Said and the Russian bass Sergey Artamonov. The orchestra, which comprised fifty of the best musicians from the System of Youth Orchestras, was led by the conductor Pablo Mielgo.
The tenor Juan Diego Flórez was born on 13 January 1973 in the city of Lima. He was introduced into a musical environment through the influence of his father, Rubén Flórez, a singer of Creole music. He began singing covers and standing in for other singers. In 1990, thanks to the support of his music master, Genaro Chumpitazi, he entered the National Conservatory of Music and joined the National Choir of Peru.
It is then that he began to stand out as a soloist and departed for the United States, where he studied singing in important music institutes, until 1994 when he travelled to Italy to participate in the opera Il tutore burlato. In 1996 he was hired to sing in "Ricciardo e Zoraide", in a minor role, but the principal tenor fell ill and Juan Diego was designated to replace him. His performance was masterful and drew the attention of specialised critics. After this he was invited to perform in La Scala Opera House in Milan, in the Royal Opera House of London, the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera House of New York.
He was chosen by the critics as the best opera singer of the year 2000 as well as winning numerous prizes in subsequent years. In 2003 the great lyric tenor Luciano Pavarotti declared that Juan Diego Flórez could succeed him even though their styles and repertoires were different. The tenor Plácido Domingo also expressed his admiration for Juan Diego Flórez, averring that as a light tenor he is the greatest of all time.