Joel Prieto, born in Madrid and brought up in Puerto Rico, continues with his unstoppable international career, very much focused on his favourite composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. After singing the role of Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) in Madrid and Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (France), the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the BBC Proms in London and the Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), this famed singer, who trained in Puerto Rico and the USA, has taken a break from his Mozart engagements to take the role of Bénédicte in the Berlioz opera Béatrice et Bénédicte at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (France) in September and October.
In December he will make his debut at the Teatr Wielki, the main opera house in Warsaw (Poland), once again in the role of Prince Tamino in Die Zauberflote. This will be in the same production in which he triumphed at the Teatro Real in Madrid last January, directed by Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky, and which is inspired by silent movies (on the 11th, 13th and 15th December).
Later in December he will travel to Tokyo (Japan) to sing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Opera Singers Choir (21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 27th), conducted by the maestro Herbert Blomstedt; this engagement will mark his debut in Japan and will also be his debut performance of this monumental Beethoven composition.
Joel Prieto will begin 2017 with a new and important step in his career: his debut at Los Angeles Opera (USA), also with Mozart, this time as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
“Joel Prieto’s dark, burnished tenor brought virility to Ferrando…”
Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal
“From Joel Prieto‘s easily-produced, powerful voice that still maintained beauty of tone (his “Aura Amorosa” was a masterclass in legato) as Ferrando.
“A strong cast enacts it all with commitment. The two richest voices were those of Joel Prieto, all melting ardour in “Un aura amorosa” …”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph