Ruben Florez, musician and father of Juan Diego Florez, dies aged 76

Ruben Florez, Peruvian Creole singer and father of iconic opera tenor Juan Diego Florez, died in Lima on Tuesday aged 76.

Florez had recorded “Doce nuevos valses de Chabuca Granda” in 1966 before having met the Peruvian songstress. He found fame after in his sixties when Chabuca Granda heard him sing and anointed him as her preferred cover singer. His singing impressed her so much she brought Florez to perform with her on television.

In 2006 Florez released the “Florez para Chabuca” compilation which featured his son, Juan Diego Florez. Juan Diego Florez is one of the world’s leading opera singers and winner of The Order of the Sun of Peru, Peru’s highest award.

According to Juan Diego Florez, his father was “the best interpretation of Chabuca Granda’s music because he narrates the lyrics of her songs like none other.”

Watch Ruben and Juan Diego Florez perform together below.


Rubén Flórez Pinedo fue uno de los mejores intérpretes de Chabuca Granda (RPP)

Muere padre de Juan Diego Flórez a los 76 años en Lima (La Prensa)

Tocadisco. Rubén Flórez Pinedo, estirpe de Flórez (La Republica)

Juan Diego Flórez sings with his father (YouTube)


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    Mein Mann und ich sind in diesem Augenblick in Gedanken bei Ihnen!

    Ganz herzliche Grüße von uns beiden! Ihre Fans aus A – 4780 Schärding/Inn

  • Lieber Herr Juan Diego Florez! Brief vom 25.1. nicht mehr aktuell! Bitte vernichten! Schreibe Ihnen einen neuen Brief zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt. Ganz liebe Grüße!

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