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Juan Diego Florez exhilarates with French arias and Latin encores at Carnegie Hall / New York Classical Review

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A recital with Juan-Diego Flórez is always bound to be a major event. His performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon, no surprise, boasted an electric atmosphere, even if his early over-reliance on the familiar led to an imbalance between the program's two halves (three, if you count his parade of encores).

The top of Sunday's announced program was a predictable run of bel canto arias and canzone: starting with Rossini's "Addio ai viennesi." Flórez showcased the bright vitality of his upper range, stretching the tops of phrases and dangling high pianissimos for added flair. He took a similar tack in "Come poteva un angelo" from Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata and "Tombe degli avi miei" from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, where pianist Vincenzo Scalera gave a reverent, warm rendition of the introduction.
Photo: Chris Lee

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