Juan Diego Flórez Pays Tribute to Chabuca Granda in Special Video

By Tano Factotum

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez has paid tribute to Chabuca Granda, one of the most famous Peruvian composers, singing Bello Durmiente in a special video.

Granda, a renowned composer who also used to perform as a singer, was born in Apurimac on Sept. 3, 1920 and world renowned for the creation of Criollo waltzes such as “Bello Durmiente,” “José Antonio,” “Fina Estampa,” “Puente de los Suspiros” and “La Flor de la Canela (which is considered as the second national anthem in Peru).” Granda stated that her best interpreter was Rubén Flórez, Juan Diego Flórez’s father.

The first time that Juan Diego Flórez, aided by technology, sings a duet with Chabuca Granda, was last year at the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games in the National Stadium of Peru in Lima. On that day they sang “Bello Durmiente” and “La Flor de la Canela.” The broadcast of the ceremony was seen by 400 million people around the world.

For this new collaboration, Juan Diego Flórez and the guitarist Sergio Salas, using the very same microphones, were joined with the prerecorded version of Chabuca Granda who was accompanied by the equally renowned guitarist Óscar Avilés, known as the “First Guitar of Peru.”

The single will be officially released in an album set to celebrate the bicentennial celebration of Peru’s independence next year.

Watch the video below.