Acclaimed across the globe for the beauty of his voice and the emotional power of his performances, Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez has in his career so far focused almost exclusively on the masterpieces of the bel canto repertoire by Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini, and others. From his earliest studies at the conservatory in Lima to the present day, Flórez has sung Mozart arias every now and then but he has never sung a complete Mozart opera on stage. “It just hadn’t worked out till now”, he confesses. And now Mozart, finally. True, the desire had been there for a long time, but “now is the time, I feel I’m ready.”
The most anticipated all-Mozart recital takes place at the Cuvilliés Theatre of Munich, one of the most beautiful Bavarian Rococo theatres. It is named after its architect, François Cuvilliés the Elder, and consists of the auditorium of a theatre that Elector Maximilian Joseph III built in 1751-55 as his "new opera house". In 1762, Mozart visited Munich at the age of six and gave one of his first concerts together with his sister Nannerl for Maximilian Joseph III. Many lavish opera productions were mounted here, including the premieres of Mozart's La finta giardiniera in 1775, and Idomeneo, in 1781.
The concert program includes many of the best-loved Mozart arias – all of them magnificently performed by the Orchestra La Scintilla, specialized in historically-informed performance on original instruments, and led by Ricardo Minasi.
Juan Diego Flórez, tenor
Orchestra La Scintilla
Riccardo Minasi, conductor