The Liceu welcomes the debut of Juan Diego Florez in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor
The Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez debut on December 4 in the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, reaching the Liceu with a staging of Damiano Michieletto dominated by a leaning tower of nine meters high, which go up interpreters repeatedly.
Florez shown today very proud to debut in a role that “have interpreted all the great” and recalled that the first thing he saw was the Edgardo Alfredo Kraus in New York, and was “very impressed”.
“I was very young he remember- -HA. Just leave my country and had no money for the cheapest ticket. I was lucky that the security worker was waiting at the door gave me an entry that was left over. I will never forget.”
It has been many years since that time and Flórez has not decided to tackle this role up to now: “It is true that throughout my career I have played harder than this role, but Edgardo requires a specific vocalism for which I now feel prepared, “he said.
The singers represent their roles in a market dominated by a leaning tower suggesting “the distortion of a world that is falling” scenario, he has clarified the artistic director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Christina Scheppelmann.
The soprano Elena Moşuc added that this tower of glass cutting and cold also represents distortion Lucia character she plays a woman who goes mad after facing a hostile environment, which forces her to marry to preserve the power of his family.
The tower is where Lucia shows the situation of women will be isolated and the prison will only death.
During the mad scene, certainly one of the most famous operatic repertoire, soprano is forced to run and climb stairs by a crooked tower, which is especially difficult in the bel canto, a vocal style that needs “of a perfect vocal and breathing techniques, “as pointed Mosuc.
Fortunately for the interpreter, as she has explained, the director has given freedom to move at their own pace in this scene because otherwise reach the end “without breath.”
The soprano who will alternate in the role with Elena , Maria Jose Moreno, ratified the difficulty of the mad scene, but said that “worth” because it “quite shocking”.
The two tenors who play Edgardo Juan Diego Florez and Ismael Jordi, clarified climbing the tower less than her co-stars, which allows them to be “comfortable” and “favoring the bel canto” said Florez.
The work is “a lot of frills and phrases with very colorful requiring filigree work,” stressed Mosuc, and the musical director, Marco Armiliato, is clear that “we must show the singers” and “the orchestra has to support without cover”.
Juan Diego Florez has acknowledged he has had little time to prepare the role and the tests “still had things” we did not know, but trust your “good memory” because, until now, never failed.
Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti, is one of the most popular works of bel canto and the debut of Juan Diego Florez “is very attractive to the public,” said Christina Scheppelmann, who has been very satisfied with the pace of ticket sales .
“We already have 75% of capacity sold on average and in some functions arrived at 90%,” he pointed Scheppelman.
The overall figures are also “very good” and that since the start of the season the occupancy rate was 98% on average, depending on the direction of Barcelona opera arena.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona