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.
I’m excited to tell you I’m going to my home island of Puerto Rico for a concert called “Voces para el espiritu” where I will be singing a world premier of the “Misa a San Francisco de Asís” composed by Guarionex Morales Matos, together with Puerto Rican choir Orfeón San Juan Bautista, in collaboration with Pro Arte Musical on February 20th.
For the second part of the concert I will be joined by virtuoso pianist Diana Figueroa in a series of songs by Spanish and Latino American composers.
Come join me if you are around !
Happy to be in the sun, making beautiful music near my loved ones… does it get better than that ?
Much love !!