Juan Diego Flórez has so far stuck to the very lightest roles in the tenor repertoire. But, as he tells Jessica Duchen in the Independent, he's getting ready to branch out.
Experienced Flórez-watchers who saw him recently in La Fille du Régiment at Covent Garden may have noticed that both his voice and his impeccable technique have changed a little. Those effortlessly ringing high Cs are still intact, but the voice has broadened out and he places it lower. The result is a slightly bigger, darker sound, less reliant on piercing steely overtones to reach the back row.
After successful debuts at the hardcore end of the tenorino spectrum in La Favorite and Guillaume Tell, JDF tells JD he now plans to sing Werther on stage in about two years' time, first in Bologna, then the following season in Zurich. The former, I assume, will be under the baton of the underrated Roberto Abbado, who conducts the extract above.