Joel Prieto received enthusiastic notices for his portrayal of Belfiore in Glyndebourne’s first-ever production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera:
“Glyndebourne has cast from strength . . . the star is Joel Prieto‘s languid Belfiore . . .”
Melanie Eskenazi – musicomh.com
” . . . and Joel Prieto is a mellifluous Belfiore.”
Hugo Shirley – The Spectator
“Christiane Karg’s . . . portrayal of the wronged Sandrina is sharply complemented by Joel Prieto’s properly effete and drippy Belfiore.”
Rupert Christiansen – The Telegraph
” . . . Joel Prieto is (a) tender Count Belfiore . . .”
Richard Fairman - ft.com
“Christiane Karg as Sandrina (the fake gardener of the title) and Joel Prieto are touching in their reconciliatory love.”
Barry Millington – London Evening Standard
I just finished my first week of rehearsals at the Glyndebourne Festival. I am so excited to be part of this new production of La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart.
The musical staff is led by young and super talented conductor Robin Ticciati. Extremely inspiring !!
The stage is being directed by Frederic Wake-Walker, whom it has been a real pleasure to get to know and collaborate with. He has a real special way to work on characters and the relationships between them. I’m totally fascinated by this whole process so far.
The cast is absolutely fantastic:
Don Anchise (Il Podestà) Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
Sandrina (La Marchesa Violante) Christiane Karg
Arminda Nicole Heaston
Count Belﬁore Joel Prieto
Ramiro Rachel Frenkel
Serpetta Joélle Harvey
Nardo (Roberto) Gyula Orendt
When music and drama have this kind of combination I feel like in “opera heaven” !!
Hope you guys enjoy the final result !
Joel Prieto makes his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival singing the role of Count Belfiore in a new production of Mozart’s rarely-heard comedy, La finta giardiniera, directed by Frederic Wake-Walker (also making his company debut). This is the first time Glyndebourne will present the opera, which will also be recorded for future distribution. Mr. Prieto received glowing reviews for his previous portrayal of the Count at the Staatskapelle Berlin, “The cast was excellent . . . Joel Prieto’s honeyed tone made light yet substantial work of Count Belfiore.” (Seen and Heard International)
Joel is joined by an incredible ensemble, including Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Don Anchise, Christiane Karg as Sandrina, Joélle Harvey as Serpetta, and Glyndebounre’s new Music Director Robin Ticciati leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Performances take place beginning Saturday, June 28 and run through Thursday, August 21. Ticket information, along with a complete list of dates and times can be found here.