Today’s leading bel canto tenor, and one of the world's biggest opera stars, celebrates this Christmas season with a very personal choice of sacred arias and songs, including favourites such as "Panis Angelicus", "Ave Maria" and "O Holy Night".
As well as the the glorious coloratura for which he is celebrated, the album also reveals the more intimate side of Juan Diego Flórez, in new interpretations of much-loved tenor classics for the festive season. These popular hits take their place alongside less familiar treasures including the "Qui sedes" from Bellini’s Mass in A minor
and the virtuosic "Alleluia" from Fux’s Plaudite, sonat tuba
– which call for the thrilling virtuosity that have made Juan Diego Flórez a star in the world's greatest opera houses. A highlight of the programme is the title track "Santo" – composed by Juan Diego Flórez himself – and infused with the musical colours and rhythms of his Latin American roots. "My father was a folk-singer and I grew up with Peruvian music. My hobby is to compose and orchestrate, and the melody came to me very easily. The hard part is then to find the right instrumental colours and write for all the instruments and the chorus. But it's fun."
CD Michele Mariotti // Silken-Voiced