Extraordinary concert by tenor Juan Diego Flórez

Conductor Mihnea Ignat
Direction and Scenography Cristina Cotescu
Special guest Teodora Gheorghiu




Juan Diego Flórez, one of the most talented and acclaimed tenors in the world, is coming to Romania on September 7, 2018, at the Bucharest National Opera! The extraordinary concert dedicated to the world-renowned artist is organized by The City Hall of the Capitalby create – The Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of the Municipality of Bucharest, in partnership with Bucharest National Opera, co-producer TVR1, on the occasion of Bucharest Days - 559 years since the first documentary attestation of the city and the Centenary of the Great Union. The artist will be accompanied by the Bucharest National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Mihnea Ignat. During the long-awaited concert, the famous soprano Teodora Gheorghiu joins the stage of the Bucharest National Opera in a high-class duet with the tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

The direction and scenography of the extraordinary Juan Diego Flórez concert bears the signature of Cristina Cotescu.

Tickets available at ticket agencies create (Piata Alexandru Lahovari no. 7) and Bucharest National Opera (Bd. Mihail Kogălniceanu no. 70-72).

Access to the hall is made between 19 and XNUMX: 00 - 19:45.

www.creart.ro / www.operanb.ro

Online tickets on: https://bit.ly/2N0l3D6 and on https://bit.ly/2LCnabp

Juan Diego Flórez

With a career that includes performances on the world's most important stages, Juan Diego Flórez has positioned himself as one of the biggest names on the lyrical scene today. His generosity, charisma and passion led to numerous philanthropic endeavors in his name, which complemented his artistic profile outlined by his brilliant performances and numerous recordings.

Juan Diego Flórez (Lima, 1973) began playing Peruvian pop and folk music at a young age, then studying at the National Conservatory of Music of Peru and eventually winning a scholarship to the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia . In 1996, he made his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, joining the show at the last minute to sing the title role of Corradino in Matilde di Shabran. His debut was a triumph and marked the beginning of a legendary career.

His unique voice and amazing agility made him an overnight sensation and led to another debut that year, aged 23, in the opening of the 1996/97 'La Scala' season under Riccardo Mute. Since then, he has made constant appearances at the most important operas and on the biggest international stages, together with world-renowned conductors.

In 2007, Juan Diego Flórez made history at "La Scala", when he interrupted with the famous aria "Ah! mes Amis" from Daughter of the regiment by Donizetti, a decades-long tradition in which the audience had not asked for an encore since 1933. The story was repeated in 2008, a few months later, at the Met, and in 2012 at the Paris Opera, where no encores had been heard hours since its inauguration in 1989.

Juan Diego Flórez has recorded numerous solo albums as well as complete works on CD and DVD. He has been recognized as one of the best tenors in history by the BBC and has received numerous honors and awards, including Peru's highest award, the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Sol, and the title of Kammersänger, awarded by the Austrian government.

In 2011, Juan Diego Flórez founded "Sinfonia por el Perú", an inclusive social project, inspired by "El Sistema" in Venezuela, which aims to increase the personal and artistic development of the most vulnerable children and youth in the country, through music . In 2012, the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, appointed Juan Diego Flórez - UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, "in recognition of his dedication to initiatives related to social inclusion and education", and in 2014 he received the Crystal Award from the Economic Forum World.



Teodora Gheorghiu

Teodora Gheorghiu's musical destiny was directly influenced by the great José Carreras, who noticed her in the Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition. After this contest, Carreras offered him a scholarship that definitely influenced his career. Later, she won several competitions, being laureate, among others, of the "George Enescu" International Competition in Bucharest, but also of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth competition and receiving the Herbert von Karajan scholarship.

She debuted at the Bucharest National Opera in the role of Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Enchanted Flute, and was then invited to perform on important stages in Europe, such as the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Grand-Théâtre in Geneva, the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Opera National Lorraine in Nancy, Opera in Lucerne.

In 2004 she made her debut on the stage of the Vienna State Opera, and between 2007 and 2010 she performed constantly on this stage, taking on roles such as Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute - WA Mozart), Adele (The Bat - J. Strauss son), Adina ( Elixir of love – G. Donizetti), Eudoxie (La Juive – Fr. Halévy), Nannetta (Falstaff – G. Verdi), Sophie (Werther – J. Massenet), Elvira (Italian in Algiers – G. Rossini). In 2014 she debuted at the Glyndebourne Festival in the role of Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier – R. Strauss).

Teodora Gheorghiu collaborated with renowned conductors, such as Seiji Ozawa, Marco Armiliato, Franz Welser-Möst, Christophe Rousset, Adam Fisher, Bertrand de Billy. Starting in 2015, Teodora Gheorghiu approaches a lyric soprano repertoire and debuts in roles such as Mimi (Boema – G. Puccini), Madama Corteze (Il viaggio a Reims – G. Rossini). With the role of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro by WA Mozart, he made an extensive tour in Japan.

His discography includes Arias for Anna de Amicis (Mozart, Jomelli, Gluck, etc.) – Les Talens Lyriques / Chr. Rousset (Aparté), Art nouveau (Strauss, Zemlinsky, Ravel, Respighi), with Jonathan Aner on piano (Aparté) , Antonio Vivaldi – Orlando furioso –Modo Antiquo / FM Sardelli (Naïve), Richard Strauss –Der Rosenkavalier –Glyndebourne Festival UK (DVD).


Mihnea Ignat

Born in Craiova in 1980, Mihnea Ignat is one of the most important Romanian conductors of his generation.

In October 2010, as a result of the direct vote of the orchestra, Mihnea Ignat received the Special Prize of the Toscanini Philharmonic at "A. Toscanini ", held in Parma (Italy). He was also a semi-finalist in the International Conducting Competition,"D. Flick" (London, 2008), and "G. Solti "(Frankfurt, 2008).

Between 2009 and 2014 he worked as D. Kitajenko's assistant, with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also assistant to Jesús López Cobos and Josep Pons.

Throughout his career, Mihnea Ignat has been invited to conduct a significant number of orchestras, including the RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Madrid (Spain), the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania, the Romanian Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony of Seville (Spain), Philharmonic Orchestra "G. Enescu”, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Toscanini Philharmonic (Parma, Italy), Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra (Valladolid, Spain), Real Filharmonía de Galicia Compostela, Spain), Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Región de Murcia Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra , the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the "Freixenet" Symphony Orchestra of the "Reina Sofía" Music School in Madrid and most symphony orchestras in Romania.

Recently, the conductor made a very successful debut at the Bucharest National Opera, conducting "Nabucco" by G. Verdi. He was later involved in other shows as well.

Mihnea Ignat accompanied on stage great soloists such as Jerome Lowenthal, John O'Conor, Stefan Milenkovich, Ning Feng, Celine Byrne, Liviu Prunaru, Lina Tur Bonet, Renata Pokupic, Miguel Ángel Estrella, Viktor Derevianko, Alexandru Tomescu, Erzhan Kulibaev among others .