Juan Diego Flórez came in and showed us how to sing coloratura. And we discovered we are not worthy

9 October 2015, 13:55

Tenor Juan Diego Flórez is one of the greatest opera singers in the world and we want to be him. So we asked him to come in to Classic FM to show us how to sing like him.

Let’s start with the easy bit: how to stand.

Everyone knows how to stand right? *BUZZER NOISE * wrong! JDF shows us how it’s done. Yeah, we just called him JDF.

Juan Diego Florez tells us how to stand…

The brilliant opera singer on how you should be standing when you sing



Ok, but surely we know how to breathe? Right…

Nope, sorry. Here’s Juan Diego Flórez to put you on the right track.

Juan Diego Florez shares some breathing tips

How should singers breathe?



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Now you’ve mastered (ahem) the basics. On to coloratura

Coloratura is all those fancy flashy high bits in operas by Rossini, Donizetti and the like.

For example:


To sing these highly ornamented passages singers – like Flórez or Joyce DiDonato – have to have a rock-solid technique. We asked Flórez how to sing them.

The problem is, though, that it comes naturally to him.

Juan Diego Florez shows off his coloratura

Those high note…


TL; DR version: how do you sing coloratura? You just sing coloratura.


What about those high notes?

JDF is famous for singing vertiginously high notes – like the high Cs in this aria from Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment.

 We asked him how you hit them.

How do you hit those high notes?

We asked Juan Diego Flórez, who's famous for it.


TL; DR version: how do you hit those high notes? You just hit those high notes.


How does it feel when you completely nail those high, fast notes?

Because we imagine it feels AWESOME.

What does it feel like when you nail a top note?

We asked Juan Diego Flórez



How do you keep up your energy?

Often those crazy high arias come right at the end of an opera, when JDF (we’re making this a thing) has already been signing for a couple of hours.

How does he make sure he has enough energy for that?

Juan Diego Florez talks about keeping up your energy

The opera singer shares some advice on fighting tiredness



What do you do just before a performance?

It turns out he only turns up a few minutes before the show. Stage managers at opera houses around the world, you must have nerves of steel. We salute you.

Juan Diego Florez on preparing for a performance

Spoiler: he makes it look ridiculously easy



Finally, what’s your advice for young singers

We asked Flórez for some words of wisdom for any singers who wanted to follow in his high-note-touting footsteps.

Juan Diego Flórez gives advice to young singers

What does it take to succeed?



Juan Diego Flórez's new album, Italia, is out now – and you can watch a video of a track from the recording right here.