- Semiramide, opera: Ah dov'è il cimento
- Otello, opera: Che ascolto!
- Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Cessa di più resistere
- La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie), opera: Vieni fra Queste Braccia
- L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in ALgiers), opera: Concedi, Amor Pietoso
- Zelmira, opera: S'intessano agli allori...Terra Amica
- La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera: O fiamma soave
- La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Sì, ritrovarla io giuro
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.
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Rossini Arias based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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!
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!