Thursday 13 January 2011

Juan Diego Florez

On January 20th there is a chance to hear Juan Diego Florez in recital rather than on the opera stage. He's giving a recital at the Royal Festival Hall, details here And before you groan and complain about opera singers presenting bleeding chunks from their stage repertoire in recital, just look at his programme. It includes two items from Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito (now that I would like to hear on stage with Florez), songs by Rossini, by Lalo and by Prado, plus something from Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys and finishing with Pietoso al lungo pianto from Verdi's early comedy Un giorno di regno. (In case you are wondering, Almeida Prado (1943 - 2010) was one of the most important contemporary Brazilian composers, who studied with Lukas Foss, Nadia Boulanger, Messiaen and Ligeti). So not your normal celebrity recital at all and one which looks more than interesting.


  1. Anonymous9:32 am

    I'm an ignoramus when it comes to composers - or indeed, anything. So I web-searched "Luis Prado" (as given on the recital notes) and found an American composer who was at the Curtis Institute at the same time as Florez. I assumed it was his songs that Florez would be singing. Is there any way of finding out?

  2. Quite correct, I managed to get the wrong Prado. The Prado in the recital is in fact Luis Prado, who was born in Costa Rica and trained in the USA.