The Peruvian lyric tenor, Juan Diego Flórez, yesterday canceled his concert in the capital of Gran Canaria as a consequence of a throat affliction. The renowned figure of the operatic scene, which landed on the island last Saturday, had planned to open the Canarias Música de Otoño Festival through his recital at 7.30 pm. Specifically, according to the direction of the event itself, Flórez suffers from "laryngopharyngitis". An ailment that also prevented him from attending the appearance before the media convened the same day of his arrival in the capital. Also, according to the statement issued by the organization, the amount of tickets purchased to attend this event, "will be reimbursed at the ticket office of the Auditorium between October 24 and November 21".
Flórez was going to perform on the stage of the Auditorium Symphony Hall a tour of the masterpieces of universal bel canto accompanied by the French pianist, Cécile Restier. A tour that contemplated pieces by great composers such as Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti, or Puccini, also expanding its repertoire with important titles of the French opera.
A large group of people gathered last night at the doors of the Auditorium, waiting to attend the big event. "I am very disappointed, but we must bear in mind that the health of the people comes first," said Antonio Quevedo, a great opera lover who was going to attend his musical company with his wife.
Quevedo heard the news of the cancellation at the building's box office. "We have just found out and we have been surprised, I hope I can act again very soon, because it is a privilege to be able to see the best student of the great Alfredo Kraus", he added.
On the other hand, Míriam Santana, another passionate about the opera, assured, with disappointment, having acquired the town to attend the event, last Tuesday. "I was very lucky to get it at a very good price, at first, the amount was exorbitant," said Santana. He added that, "I'm a big fan of Juan Diego Flórez, and I feel very sorry because it's an honor for me to be able to attend his concerts."
A few words that seconded his partner Ana Ramírez, who also wanted to put in value the figure of the tenor. "I am sure that when Plácido Domingo is absent, he will be the most recognized of the entire scene, for me it would have been a privilege to be able to attend at least one of his concerts once," he said.
Maribel López is another follower of the tenor who heard the news, thanks to her grandson. "He called me on the phone to tell me that the concert had been canceled, but I was already here, it's a shame not to see him act," he said. Lopez, who bought his ticket at the beginning of this month, also showed his concern for the tenor. "I think it has been affected by the sudden changes in temperature, it should be borne in mind that he came from Vienna, he should be more cautious and take better care of himself," he said.
Highly acclaimed in the Gran Canaria capital, a place he has visited on numerous other occasions, he stood out especially on the island for his performance starring in 2016 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the celebration of the Canary Islands International Music Festival.