On Air Now
Smooth Classics with Margherita Taylor 10pm - 1am
9 October 2015, 13:55 | Updated: 10 October 2015, 08:40
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.
Everyone knows how to stand right? *BUZZER NOISE * wrong! JDF shows us how it’s done. Yeah, we just called him JDF.
Nope, sorry. Here’s Juan Diego Flórez to put you on the right track.
So now, you can sing like this...
Coloratura is all those fancy flashy high bits in operas by Rossini, Donizetti and the like.
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.
TL; DR version: how do you sing coloratura? You just sing coloratura.
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.
TL; DR version: how do you hit those high notes? You just hit those high notes.
Because we imagine it feels AWESOME.
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?
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.
We asked Flórez for some words of wisdom for any singers who wanted to follow in his high-note-touting footsteps.