Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, one of the most acclaimed and sought-after light lyricists in the current operatic scene, landed yesterday in the capital of Gran Canaria to inaugurate the first edition of the Festival Canarias Música de Otoño today, at 19.30, in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, which is one of the most anticipated concerts of the last quarter of 2018.
Coming from Vienna, Flórez did not appear at a scheduled meeting with the media yesterday at the Hospital Perpetuo Socorro, one of the main sponsors of the event, due to throat problems caused by the air conditioning of the flight. However, Jorge Petit, the center's CEO, attended the meeting; Candelaria Rodríguez, creator and director of Música de Otoño; and Jerónimo Saavedra, honorary president of the Festival, who advanced some details of the evening.
Flórez will be accompanied on stage by the French pianist Cécile Restier and will offer a tour of the masterpieces of universal bel canto that have enshrined him on stages around the world, which swell pieces by Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Massenet, Verdi or Puccini In particular, this repertoire will be nourished by the great titles of the French opera, "what for a tenor always means a commitment," said Saavedra, "because his voice is changing over the years and demands new repertoires, as happened to so many great references for us, like Alfredo Kraus ".
Also, the honorary president said yesterday that "I can boast of being one of the three Canarians who discovered before the rest Juan Diego Flórez." "It was at the end of the last century, in Milan, where we were absolutely dazzled by that tenor of about twenty years of age playing a piece by Rossini," Saavedra recalled. "However, we asked everyone and nobody knew him, but little by little we knew that he would soon become the king of the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, that every summer he pays homage to his illustrious countryman and that nobody has been able to interpret as Flórez "
In addition, Saavedra recalled that the Peruvian lyric hoards a long and close link with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where he has performed on numerous occasions and from which he put the finishing touch his performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Canary Islands International Music Festival in 2016, with Candelaria Rodríguez as director. Precisely, Saavedra recalled that, in one of the visits of Flórez to the city, under his mandate as mayor, "we were about to register him in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to facilitate his movements in the European Union and because, in addition, at that time he had some relative residing on the Island. "" In the end it was not necessary, but perhaps he should be named Adoptive Son of the city, because Flórez has given and luster to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from his starts until today. I'll leave it there, "he said.
For his part, Candelaria Rodríguez celebrated "the honor of having Juan Diego Flórez back in the city" under the shelter of an inaugural concert that, in his words, "I have managed to fit into an international tour that has been closed for two years" and which will land, after passing through the Gran Canaria capital, in London, New York and Paris.