"He" is Juan Diego Fl‹rez, and Horne was in the audience for a recital he gave at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio earlier this fall. Fl‹rez — fresh from a triumph as Count Almaviva in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Barber of Seville — performs a similar program tonight in his Carnegie Hall recital debut.
Accompanied by pianist Vincenzo Scalera, the 33-year-old coloratura tenor will sing a program of Mozart, Rossini, Rosa Mercedes Ayarza de Morales, Faur_, Massenet, Bizet, and Donizetti. "Judging from what I heard at Oberlin," wrote Charles Michener in The New York Observer, "it will be an electrifying event."
Fl‹rez might even treat the Carnegie audience to one of the encores he sang in Ohio: the famous (or notorious) showpiece "Ah! Mes amis ... Pour mon ê¢me" from Donizetti's La Fille du regiment — in which, Michener wrote, he "popped off its nine high Cs with an effortlessness that would have made Pavarotti gasp."