Juan Diego Flórez was born on January 13, 1973 in Lima, Peru, into a music-loving family. His father was a singer
specializes in local waltzes and managed to pass his enthusiasm on to the boy. There was a lot of singing at home, and Juan also learned the basics of music on the guitar. When he was 15, he became a music teacher at his high school
transferred, who recognized the talent of the young man and recommended him to the conservatory.

So not only Flórez' vocal grew in a short time
competence, but also his repertoire. The nature
meanwhile spared him the harshness of the male voice breaking and left his voice
continuously getting deeper. Where other young tenors struggled with transitions between registers, Flórez effortlessly sang the scales down to the
high registers of the head voice.

Flórez finally achieved his breakthrough in 1996 by stringing together favorable coincidences. At the
Rossini Festival in Pesaro In 1996, Flórez filled in at the last moment for a colleague who was ill and took on the role of Corradino in “Matilde di Shabran”. The audience loved it.