Lima, 1973

Juan Diego Flórez was born in Lima on 13 January 1973. His father, Rubén Flórez, was a singer, who specialised in performing the criollo waltzes of Peruvian composer Chabuca Granda. Juan Diego inherited both his father’s vocal talent and his love for Peruvian and Latin American music in general. His mother, María Teresa, another music-lover, gave him all the support in the world, encouraging him to persevere with his musical studies and stick to his goals.

Lima, 1973

Lima, 1987

To begin with, Juan Diego focused on pop, rock and Peruvian music. He wrote his own songs and sang live in the piano bars frequented by his schoolmates in the Barranco district of Lima. In 1989, the young singer won Peru’s first Festival of Song for Peace, which was broadcast on TV nationwide.

Lima, 1987

Lima, 1990

He always felt that all good musicians, including folk musicians, should read and write music. That’s why in 1990, having attended classes at various academies and taken his first singing lessons, he gained a place at Peru’s National Conservatory of Music. At this point, he had not fully made up his mind to devote himself to classical music. By the end of his first year at the conservatory, however, the experiences of those first twelve months were beginning to shape his vocation. Shortly after beginning his studies there, Juan Diego Flórez became a member of Peru's Coro Nacional, which played a decisive part in his musical development. 

Lima, 1990

Philadelphia, 1993-96

Keen to travel and to continue his education, Juan Diego then won a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He studied there between 1993 and 1996, and had the opportunity to sing in a number of fully staged complete operas, with an orchestra, an excellent foundation for what was to turn out to be a spectacular career.

Philadelphia, 1993-96

Italy, 1994-95

In 1994, Juan Diego met the celebrated Peruvian tenor Ernesto Palacio in Lima, an encounter which was to prove life-changing. He offered to help the young man get started as a professional singer, and invited Juan Diego to make a recording with him in Italy. Juan Diego visited Italy several more times, including a trip in 1995 to make a second recording with Palacio.

Italy, 1994-95

Pesaro, 1996

In 1996, Juan Diego auditioned in Bologna for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and was immediately cast in a small role in Ricciardo e Zoraide. He never sang this part, however, because events were about to catapult him into the firmament of the international opera world. It was summer and Juan Diego was already in Pesaro, rehearsing for Ricciardo e Zoraide. Shortly before the Festival’s opening night, the tenor who was due to sing the leading role of Corradino in Matilde di Shabran had to pull out because of illness. The organisers began a desperate search for a stand-in who might be up to the challenge – a less than easy task, given that this was a little-known opera, the first night was only days away, and Corradino is a very difficult role to sing. It was then that Artistic Director Luigi Ferrari offered the part to the 23 year old Juan Diego.

Pesaro, 1996

Pesaro, 1996

The tenor accepted the offer and with that the wheels were set in motion to prepare him for the imminent first night. Juan Diego had to rehearse before he’d even had time to learn the music, with the help of prompts from assistants and pianists. After a frenetic few days, the eagerly awaited first night arrived: 13 August 1996. It was a huge hit, and marked the start of his stellar career.

Pesaro, 1996

Milan, 1996

Some months after, Juan Diego Flórez made his debut at Teatro alla Scala as Le Chevalier Danois in Gluck's Armide on December 7 - a significant date, in that it was the opening night of the season - under the baton of Riccardo Muti, who was to be a key influence on the tenor over the next few years. Juan Diego had visited La Scala a few months earlier and, gazing out across the auditorium from one of the boxes, had said, with great prescience, “I’ll be singing here within ten years”. He could never have imagined that he’d be starring there just ten months later.

Milan, 1996

London, 1997

Juan Diego Flórez made his Royal Opera House debut in 1997 as Count Stanislao Potoski in the opera Elisabetta. He has since returned regularly to Covent Garden, in roles including Tonio (La Fille du régiment), Uberto (La donna del lago), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Corradino (Matilde de Shabran), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Elvino (La sonnambula) and Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice, stage role debut).

London, 1997

Vienna, 1999

Juan Diego Flórez made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1999 as Conte d'Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Since then, he has performed the roles of Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri), Arturo (I puritani), Elvino (La sonnambula), Tonio (La Fille du régiment), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) und Duca (Rigoletto).

Vienna, 1999
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2001

In 2001, Juan Diego Flórez released his first solo CD with Decca, an album dedicated to "Rossini Arias". In the following years, Juan Diego Flórez recorded numerous numerous albums and complete operas on CD and DVD. 

2001

Pesaro, 2002

During his stays in Pesaro, Juan Diego Flórez had the chance to meet Maestro Luciano Pavarotti, who played a key role in his career. 

Pesaro, 2002

New York, 2002

In 2002, Juan Diego Flórez made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. In the subsequent years, he hast performed at the MET in roles including County Ory (Le Comte Ory), Giacomo V (La Donna del Lago), Tonio (La Fille du Régiment), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Elvino (La Sonnambula), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri). 

New York, 2002

2002

Juan Diego was awarded with his first ECHO Klassik in the category "Opera Recording" for his first CD Rossini Arias. In 2005, he received the first prize in the same category for his CD Great Tenor Arias and in 2007, for the recording of Matilde di Shabran (Gioacchino Rossini). 

During his professional career, Juan Diego Flórez has received numerous accolades and awards from the classical music world, including Premio AbbiatiRossini d'Oro, the Premio Aureliano Pertile, the Tamagno Prize, among others.

2002

Vienna, 2003

Juan Diego met Julia on April 23, 2003 in Vienna. Julia, who was at the time studying to be a soprano, asked for an autograph after a performance of La sonnambula at the Wiener Staatsoper and it was love at first sight. 

On April 23, 2006 the couple got engaged on a horse-drawn carriage in Times Square.

Vienna, 2003

Lima, 2004

He was decorated with the “Orden al Merito” (Order of Merit) in the rank of “Gran Cruz” (Great Cross).

Lima, 2004

Milan, 2007

In 2007, Juan Diego made history at La Scala when he broke a 70-year-old taboo and gave the first encore in the theatre since 1933, much to the audience’s delight. The aria in question was “Ah! mes amis” from Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment, renowned for its nine high Cs. 

Milan, 2007

New York, 2007

Flórez first performance as Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to movie theaters and performing arts centers around the world. 

New York, 2007

Lima, 2007

In 2007 he was decorated with the Orden El Sol del Perú (The Sun of Peru Order) in the rank of Gran Cruz (Great Cross), the highest decoration from the Peruvian government.

Lima, 2007

This award is for all the young people who, like me, had a dream and fought to make it come true, who overcame obstacles, fears, insecurities and fulfilled this dream.

Lima, 2008

On April 23, 2007 they tied the knot on a civil ceremony in Vienna. On April 5th, 2008 Juan Diego married Julia in the Cathedral of Lima in a religious ceremony officiated by Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani. The wedding was a national event, crowds flocked to the Peruvian capital’s Plaza Mayor to catch a glimpse of the couple and was also broadcast live on TV.

Currently they live in Vienna with their two children, Leandro and Lucia.  


Lima, 2008
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New York, 2008

He repeated the encore occurred at La Scala a few months later at the Metropolitan Opera including the Don Ramiro’s cabaletta from the second act of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. And again in 2012 at the Opéra national de Paris, where no encores had been heard since its inauguration in 1989.  

New York, 2008

Venezuela, 2009

In 2009, Juan Diego Flórez visited El Sistema in Venezuela, founded by Maestro Antonio Abreu 42 years, and became deeply aware of the idea that music is a very powerful tool for social change.

Venezuela, 2009
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Los Angeles, 2010

Juan Diego Flórez and Conductor Gustavo Dudamel performed at the Opening Night Gala at the Walt Disney Concert Hall accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This memorable concert, including a sparkling program of Rossini arias and overtures and popular Latin American songs and dances, was broadcast on TV and later released on CD and DVD.

Los Angeles, 2010

New York, 2011

Julia delivered her first baby boy Leandro at home in water in April 9th, 2011 in New York, with the help of a midwife and Juan Diego. 

Juan Diego received the baby and placed him on Julia’s chest; just 30 minutes before he performed in the Met’s Live in HD broadcast of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.The broadcast in cinemas around the world, Renée Fleming hosting the transmission, announced the birth and friends and family who where watching in Peru received the blessing news.

New York, 2011

Lima, 2011

In 2011, Juan Diego Flórez funded Sinfonía por el Perú, a social inclusion project with the aim of enhancing the artistic and personal development of vulnerable children and youth in his home country through music.

Lima, 2011
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Sinfonía por el Perú has today more than 20 "núcleos" (musical centres) throughout the country, which benefit more than 7.000 children. In these centers children play and sing in orchestras and choirs, where they interact and develop a high self-esteem, and a set of values, habits and attitudes, which enrich and transform them. 

Paris, 2012

On November 16, Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, named Juan Diego Flórez as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador "in recognition of his dedication to initiatives related to social inclusion and education". In inviting Juan Diego Flórez to become a Goodwill Ambassador, the Director-General recognized his "dedication to initiatives related to social inclusion and education, especially in his capacity as President of the foundation Sistema de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles del Perú and to the ideals and aims of the Organisation."

Paris, 2012

Sinfonia por el Perú reminds me every day of how music has changed not only my life, but also the lives of thousands of children, offering them a new future full of hope.

Vienna, 2012

Juan Diego Flórez received the honorary title ‘Kammersänger’ from the Minister of Cultural Affairs of Austria and the Wiener Staatsoper on November 27, 2012. In representation of Minister Claudia Schmied, Georg Springer presented Juan Diego Flórez with the title at the Wiener Staatsoper.

Vienna, 2012

Pesaro, 2014

Lucia Stella was born on January 1, 2014, in the loving and calm atmosphere of their home in Pesaro, Italy. 

Pesaro, 2014
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Davos, 2014

Juan Diego Flórez received the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award, which celebrate artists who not only excel in their art, but also help to improve the world around them. In his acceptance speech, Juan Diego Flórez emphasised how "in an orchestra, in a chorus, children learn values that fill the spirit and makes them better, better human beings, so they can by that transform society. That attitude is contagious, it passes that set of values and attitudes to their families and communities".

Davos, 2014
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March, 2014

In 2014, Juan Diego Flórez released L'Amour, his first solo album in fours years, which offered a personal survey of French operatic repertoire from Donizetti to the romantic outpourings of Gounod and Massanet. This choice of repertoire draws further new colours and shows a new side to the tenor. In the subsequent years, Juan Diego Flórez has included new roles in his repertoire from operas such as Massenet's Werther, Donizetti's La favorite, Meyerbeer's Les Huguenottes or Gonoud's Roméo et Juliette.

March, 2014
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December 10, 2014

Juan Diego Flórez sang for the children's right to education and dignity through music with a concert held on the World's Human Rights Day beneath the dome painted by Miquel Barceló at the United Nations Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room. 

December 10, 2014

Let's build more music schools to improve the world, let's sing together a symphony for the world, let's fill the Earth with orchestras and choruses.

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Vienna, 2015

The Friends of Juan Diego Flórez Association organised the first Benefit Gala in Vienna, held on April 12, 2015. Juan Diego Flórez was joined by some of his most renowned colleagues to raise awareness and funds for his charity Sinfonia por el Peru. The Gala at the Wiener Staatsoper featured singers Cecilia Bartoli, Ildar Abdrazakov, Vitorrio Grigolo, Aida Garifullina, Luca Pisaroni and many more. Harmonia Symphony Orchestra, created with young musicians from numerous nationalities, was joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Andriy Yurkevych. 

Vienna, 2015
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Paris, 2016

Juan Diego Flórez performed at the annual Concert de Paris, on July 14 at the Eiffel Tower, an annual event that reaches an audience of millions on-site and through several live and encore broadcasts.


Paris, 2016

Pesaro, 2016

In summer 2016, Juan Diego Flórez celebrated the 20th anniversary of his professional career, which initiated with his stage debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro when he was 23 years old. 

In the XXXVIII edition of the Rossini Opera Festival in 2016, Juan Diego Flórez performed the role of Uberto in a new highly-acclaimed production by Damiano Michieletto of Rossini's La donna del lago and offered a celebratory concert, "Flórez 20". 

That summer, he was named an honorary citizen of Pesaro, a tremendous gesture from the city of Pesaro, which has played an important role in his life and career. 

Pesaro, 2016

London, 2016

Juan Diego Flórez made a highly acclaimed appearance at the BBC Last Night of the Proms taking place on September 10, performing at the Royal Albert Hall in the first and second half, and also - in between - at the Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park. 

London, 2016
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London, 2016

A highlight of the event was when he appeared in costume as the founder of the Incan empire to perform Rule, Britannia!. This performance was broadcast on BBC One around the world. 

London, 2016
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Madrid, 2016

Juan Diego Flórez, together with Telefónica, celebrated in March 2016 at the Teatro Real 20 years of his professional career with a unique concert whose proceedings went towards Sinfonía por el Perú. The program included some of the arias that have played a key role in his career. A highlight of the evening took place when a screen went down onstage and the Orchestra of Sinfonía por el Peru played for the audience in Madrid from the Telefonica Auditorium in Lima and also accompanied Juan Diego Flórez in one of the pieces, a technological challenged that brought together two continents in real time. 

Madrid, 2016

Lima, 2017

On July 1st, 2017, Juan Diego Flórez performed a Benefit Concert at Lima's Estadio Nacional to benefit the victims of rains, floods and landslides that struck Peru earlier that year. The concert, which was an homage to Peruvian music, counted with musicians, dancers and more than 400 children from Sinfonia por el Peru's Orchestra and Choir. 

Lima, 2017
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Lima, 2017

The concert raised more the S/ 1million (about US$308,000), which was donated to the National Civil Defense Institute to contribute to the reconstruction of the areas stricken by "El Niño".

Lima, 2017

Juan Diego Flórez releases his first CD with Sony Classical, an album dedicated to Mozart Arias. Although he has not yet performed Mozart roles on stage, the music of the great Austrian composer has nevertheless played an important part in his career. From his earliest studies in the conservatoire in Lima to the present day, Flórez has studied, sung and performed Mozart's opera arias and concert works in his recitals. But this is the first time he has chosen to record them.