Acclaimed for his command of the high tenor range, celebrated Peruvian operatic tenor, Juan Diego Flórez gives a spectacular performance in a 120-minute concert featuring a programme of arias followed by a repertoire of Peruvian and Latin American songs accompanied by an orchestra.


Emirates Palace
Wed 1 Mar 2023 8pm–10pm

Juan Diego Flórez joins some of his most renowned colleagues in a spectacular gala concert for the special 20th-anniversary edition of Abu Dhabi Festival. Acclaimed for his command of the high tenor range,  the Peruvian opera star will sing a captivating repertoire of operatic arias in the first part of the concert accompanied by Italian maestro Vincenzo Scalera on the piano.

Flórez dedicates the second half of the concert’s programme to popular Latin-American music from Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, and Argentina. “This music goes straight to the heart…because it deals with things that affect us all directly, such as home, family, the joy of love and the pain of love,” he explains. Accompanied by an instrumental ensemble composed of piano, guitar, trumpet, and percussion conducted by Jonathan Bolívar,  the celebrated tenor’s stirring performance features a beautiful repertoire of songs, adapting his world-renowned bel canto voice to music so close to his heart.


Rossini “La speranza più soave” (Semiramide)

Donizetti “Tombe degli avi miei… Fra poco a me ricovero” (Lucia di Lammermoor)

Massenet Meditation, from Thaïs (piano only)

Bizet “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée”, (Carmen)

Gounod “L’amour!… Ah, lève-toi, soleil”

Puccini Foglio d’album (Piano only)

Puccini “Che gelida manina”, from La bohème

Soto “El tamalito”

Galindo “La malagueña”

Díaz “Caballo viejo”

Méndez “Cucurrucucú paloma”

Gardel “Volver”

Fernández “Guantanamera”


Juan Diego Florez Tenor

Jonathan Bolívar Music Director & Guitar 1

Vincenzo Scalera Piano

Jocsan Mendoza Guitar 2

Rubén Sánchez Double Bass

Amir Wahba Percussion

Victor Fuentes Percussion

Alex Machado Percussion

Laura Valbuena Clarinet

Lorenz Raab Trumpet

About the Artist

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.

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