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Rossini Arias
     

Rossini Arias

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by Juan Diego Flórez
 
If you want to become a world-class tenor nowadays, it seems you ought to hail from Latin America. Ramón Vargas, José Cura, and Marcelo Álvarez are the best-known of the recently minted, Latin-tongued opera stars, but now another addition

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If you want to become a world-class tenor nowadays, it seems you ought to hail from Latin America. Ramón Vargas, José Cura, and Marcelo Álvarez are the best-known of the recently minted, Latin-tongued opera stars, but now another addition to their ranks has emerged: Peruvian Juan Diego Flórez. Still in his 20s, Flórez has made a splash in the world's opera capitals singing bel canto repertoire. He's garnered glowing reviews, and this impressive debut recital of Rossini arias confirms he is a talent to watch closely. Flórez's voice is pleasantly bright and sturdy, yet unforced, buoyant, and with dazzling, ringing high notes -- qualities that make him well suited to this repertoire. Rossini's arias demand equal parts melting lyricism and stunning agility; indeed, they are often spectacularly difficult, such as the Act II aria from The Barber of Seville, "Cessa di più resistere," which is clearly the highlight here. Flórez pulls it off with cheerful self-assurance; there is never any doubt of his ability to negotiate the rapid flights of coloratura, and his lyric singing is expressive and elegantly phrased. It's a shame the aria is so often omitted from performances of the full opera. Riccardo Chailly is one of today's leading Rossini conductors, boasting several complete opera recordings as well as his ongoing project of Rossini cantatas (volumes one and two are completed); he always seems to find the proper tempo to bring out the delight in Rossini's ever-jolly music. But Flórez's singing is the real news here, and all told, it's quite a portentous debut.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anne Midgette
On Florez's January 2002 Metropolitan Opera debut in Rossini's "Barber of Seville":
Juan Diego Flórez, the Peruvian tenor who sang Almaviva, has already launched a large-scale international career and just released a solo recording of Rossini arias on Decca; his first Met appearance was awaited with some anticipation... Mr. Flórez can be very happy with his debut; the audience certainly was. His voice is bright and firm, relatively light but ringing; it has a metallic, slightly driven edge, but it's not excessively pushed... His bravura showpiece at the end of Act II was a piece of fine singing and deservedly brought down the house. His Almaviva was headstrong, spoiled and very young: a convincing character portrait.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947002420
catalogNumber:
470024
Rank:
79542

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Tracks

  1. Semiramide, opera: Ah dov'è il cimento
  2. Otello, opera: Che ascolto!
  3. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Cessa di più resistere
  4. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie), opera: Vieni fra Queste Braccia
  5. L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in ALgiers), opera: Concedi, Amor Pietoso
  6. Zelmira, opera: S'intessano agli allori...Terra Amica
  7. La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera: O fiamma soave
  8. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Sì, ritrovarla io giuro

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Rossini Arias 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is a recording of Juan Diego Florez at its best. Every aria is sung to perfection, I enjoyed it very much, listening over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stunning coloratura technique. Accurate intonation. Innate musicality. Inventive phrasing. An effortless and unyielding supply of high B's and C's. A pleasant, golden tone that develops ping the higher it goes. All in all the best vocal recital album of the year!