Juan Diego Flórez – Palais Garnier, Paris

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Mr. Juan Diego Flórez

 

©Juan Diego Flórez – – Courtesy of Juan Diego Flórez
©Juan Diego Flórez – – Courtesy of Juan Diego Flórez

My first live experience of this amazing voice happened in Milan, July 18, 2005 at Teatro alla Scala.   It was a magical moment that forever connected my aspiration as a singer and admiration as a patron.  It would be twelve years later that a dare would land me backstage in the presence of this phenom – – Mr. Juan Diego Flórez.

 

La Cenerentola
La Cenerentola

 

© Cinderella story 7/11/05 : Flórez, DiDonato, Roberto de Candia and Alaimo at La Scala – – Courtesy of Opera News

The story behind this post.

We’d boarded our flight for Palm Beach and the conversation turned to our favorite opera singers.  Within seconds the mutual affirmation of Mr. “High C” rolled off our tongues – – Juan Diego Flórez, at that moment the dare was solidified.  Tony proceeded to search for Mr. Flórez’s next performance and wherever it would be, the dare would be our showing up for the performance.  Two performances were up – – New York and Paris.  New York presented a conflict, ah but Paris was wide open.  The two hour flight was one of great excitement and joy as we contemplated a return to Paris and a recital from Mr. Flórez.  We land, secured tickets and unbeknownst to Tony,  I was on a mission to get backstage to meet Mr. Flórez.  Paris bound with the sole purpose of hearing and meeting Mr. “High C” and a little haute cuisine of course!!!

Fast-forward – – Palais Garnier, Paris!!!

Palais Garnier - - © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / OnP
Palais Garnier – – © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / OnP

 

Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier

 

Tony before the recital - Palais Garnier
Tony before the recital – Palais Garnier

 

Very Nice Seats!!!!
Very Nice Seats!!!!

 

“The ceiling painted by Marc Chagall and commissioned by the Minister of Culture André Malraux was inaugurated on September 23, 1964” — Palais Garnier

 

A great deal of persistence and help from very dear friends landed us backstage after his amazing performance.  Thank you Ms. Boozer and Dr. Lallerstedt!!!

Backstage with Mr. Flórez
Backstage with Mr. Flórez

 

Backstage with Mr. Flórez
Backstage with Mr. Flórez

After spending time with Mr. Flórez which I shall forever cherish, we then had the opportunity to walk out on stage to experience the artist’s perspective.  I can now say I’ve been on the stage of Palais Garnier!!!!

The artist's perspective
The artist’s perspective

 

Tony, enjoying this special space!!!!
Tony, enjoying this special space!!!!

 

Signed Program
Signed Program