Notes & Reviews:
Juan Diego Florez is THE tenor for bel canto operas, the first choice for any new production at the world's greatest opera houses. Florez recently performed the first aria encore at La Scala in 74 years. On 'Voce d'Italia', he pays tribute to an extraordinary predecessor who inspired some of his greatest stage roles and became the first 'superstar tenor': Giovanni Battista Rubini. Many of the arias by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti on this new recording with the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome under Roberto Abbado, are unknown gems which show the tremendous range of Florez's vocal and dramatic art. Florez thrillingly tosses off those high Cs which have brought him so much fame, and ventures further into the stratosphere with a few high Ds and his first high E-flat on record.
BBC Music Magazine
There's a beguiling sweetness in the middle voice... an elegant legato, crisp diction as throughout and an unerring instinct about how to phrase Rossini.
Flórez is, of course, quite phenomenal irrespective of any hypothetical comparison with Rubini. The precision, fluency and evenness, the firm placing of the voice and its ability to flourish in the extreme uplands of its range are a delight and continual source of wonder. He attends conscientiously to words and their meaning; he moderates the habitual brightness of his tone to suit the more reflective phrases.
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Amor profano - Vivaldi Arias / Marcon, Kermes, et al
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Fassbaender, et al
Pacini: Alessandro nell' Indie / Parry, Ford, Larmore, et al
Wagner: Ring Cycle / Furtwängler, La Scala Orchestra & Chorus
Romantic Arias / Jonas Kaufmann, Marco Armiliato, Prague PO
Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Questa, Petrella, Taddei, et al
Dvorak: Rusalka / Hickox, Barker, Owens, Martin, et al
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, etc / Hengelbrock, Hope, et al
Giordano: La cena delle beffe / Bonavolontá, et al