(official press release by Entertainment & Concert Promotion, Inc. [www.ecpi.cc])
The new date is Saturday, March 10, 2007, at 8:00 PM. Pianist Vincenzo Scalera will accompany Mr. Flórez in a program slated to include works by Mozart, Rossini, Rosa Mercedes Ayarza de Morales, Fauré, Massenet, Bizet, and Donizetti.
Tickets for the March 10 date are priced from $25 — $95 are on sale now at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling 212-247-7800, or online at www.carnegiehall.org. All tickets purchased for the original date in December have already been refunded at point-of purchase and are not valid for the March 10 performance.
Since Mr. Flórez’s performance was postponed, ECPI has been working with the artist’s management and Carnegie Hall officials to find a replacement date to take place as soon as possible. “March 10 already had an orchestral event scheduled in the afternoon,” said Matthias Schremmer of ECPI. “We’re very grateful to Carnegie Hall staff for making the Hall available that evening in time for Mr. Flórez.”
In London, Juan Diego Flórez sang a recital at the Barbican on December 9. Despite lingering effects from the cold which prompted the re-scheduled Carnegie Hall debut, “[Bellini] was meltingly phrased and sent the audience into ecstasies, not for the first or last time in the evening,” said Melanie Eskenazi in Seen and Heard. “Singing of the most intense dramatic power, finesse in phrasing and sensitivity in language.” In the Financial Times, Richard Fairman wrote, “There was artistry even in the minor morsels…Flórez phrased Bellini’s song ‘Per pietà, bell’idol mio’] so beautifully that it could have melted a heart of stone.”
Juan Diego Flórez‘s most recent United States recital took place at Oberlin on October 29. “Brilliant next-generation tenor raises bar in bel canto repertoire” was the review headline which followed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The audience couldn’t get enough,” wrote Donald Rosenberg, the paper’s critic. In the New York Observer, Charles Michener said, “The sold-out audience [was]screaming like rock fans” and “Judging from what I heard at Oberlin, [Florez’s Carnegie Hall recital] will be an electrifying event.”
Juan Diego Flórez made his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center in January 2004. "Everybody had to be there," wrote Peter Davis in New York Magazine. “Judging by the anguished pleas and bills of large denominations being waved in the air, the hall could have been sold out several times over.”
Since his professional debut at age 23, Juan Diego Flórez has conquered stages throughout the world, causing a sensation. His schedule takes him regularly to the most distinguished lyric theaters, and his acclaimed Decca recordings have only added to his reputation. Born in Lima, the son of a well-known singer of Peruvian folksongs, Mr. Flórez began his musical studies there and subsequently won a scholarship to Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute. The artist made his debut in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; the performance was a triumph for the young tenor and important debuts, including at La Scala, quickly followed.
Here in New York, the Metropolitan Opera calls Juan Diego Flórez "the greatest Rossini tenor of our time." Mr. Flórez made his house debut in 2002, generating huge ovations from the sophisticated New York audience prior even to his 30th birthday. He’s since become a prominent Met artist – he starred in the company’s new production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville in November, with a radio broadcast set for March – and he is beloved of audiences hungry for a level of vocal artistry seldom heard anywhere.
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