Biography

Since he was unanimously awarded first place in Operalia, The World Opera Competition founded by Plácido Domingo, Joel Prieto has become one of the most sought after artists of his generation, singing in most of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls in cities such as London, Madrid, Berlin, Dresden, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Monaco, Vienna, Munich, Barcelona, Rome, Houston, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Valencia, Warsaw, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo or Santiago de Chile. He has also performed at the most important festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Santa Fe Opera Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Festival dei due Mondi Spoleto, the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Joel Prieto, was born in Madrid and moved to Puerto Rico at the age of four. He grew up in an artistic family environment, which helped him to take up music at an early age. At the age of five he began taking violin lessons and the following year he joined the San Juan Children’s Choir, promoted by Pablo Casals and Evy Lucio. He studied at the University of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He then moved to Europe to participate in the Atelier Lyrique, the workshop at the Opéra National de Paris and the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival. From 2006 to 2008 he was a guest artist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Joel Prieto won several prizes in the 2008 edition of the Operalia Competition: First Prize, Zarzuela Prize and Culturarte Prize, thus jumping to the international circuit. He has also received the “Voices of the Year” award for best male voice in 2013 from the Asociación de Cantantes Líricos de España. 

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Highlights of Joel Prieto’s 2016-17 season included performances as Benedict in a new production of Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict at the Théâtre du Capitole and appearing as Prince Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing, in Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s innovative production for the Berlin Komische Oper, which is inspired by the silent movie genre. He was featured on the concert stage as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo; he sung Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Los Angeles Opera, followed by performances of the same role in a new production of the same opera at the historic Semperoper Dresden.

Joel began his career singing the main roles of the Mozartian and bel canto repertoire, now establishing himself as a lyric tenor with operas such as Romeo et Juliette, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir d’amore, Eugene Onegin, La Traviata, Faust, Carmen and La Bohème, among others.

The tenor has collaborated with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Trevor Pinnock, Robin Ticcati, Daniele Gatti, Roberto Abbado, Ivor Bolton, Ottavio Dantone, Daniele Callegari, Bruno Campanella, Adam Fischer and stage directors such as Sir David McVicar, Robert Carsen, Claus Guth, Christof Loy, Emilio Sagi, Barrie Kosky, Francisco Negrín, Stephen Lawless, Daniel Satler, Harry Kupfer, Frederic Wake-Walker and Hans Neuenfels, among others.

"...distinction, personality, and beautiful timbre of his portrayal"

EL PAÍS

Joel has participated in a dozen CD recordings, DVDs and live broadcasts throughout his career, including his role in Orphée aux enfers directed by Barrie Kosky at the Salzburg Festival, his participation in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at the Teatro Real in a co-production with the Cologne and Monte Carlo Operas.

In the 2020/2021 season he made his debut at the Ópera de Oviedo with the opera L’Heure Españole, with L’Elisir d’amore at the Ópera de Bilbao*,  and with Mozart’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center*

(*COVID cancelled).

Repertoire

V. Bellini

Tebaldo, I Capuletti e i Montecchi 

 

H. Berlioz

Bénédic, Béatrice et Bénédic

Iopas, Les Troyens

 

G. Bizet

Nadir, Les Pecheurs des Perles 

 

B. Britten

Tom Rakewell, The Rake’s Progress 

 

G. Donizetti

Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore

Ernesto, Don Pasquale

Fernand, La Favorite

Edgardo, Lucia di Lammermoor

Gennaro, Lucrezia Borgia 

 

C. Gounod

Faust, Faust 

Romeo, Romeo et Juliette

 

W.A. Mozart

Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni

Tamino, Die Zauberflöte 

Ferrando, Così fan tutte

Belfiore, La finta giardiniera

 

R. Strauss

Steuermann, Der fliegende Holländer

Narraboth, Salome.

 

G. Verdi

Fenton, Falstaff

 

Kurt Weill

Street Scene.

J.S. Bach

Johannes Passion


Magnificat


Osteroratorium


Weihnachtsoratorium

 

L. V. Beethoven


Christus am Ölberg


Missa Solemnis


Symphony No. 9

 

H. Berlioz


Messe Solennelle

 

G. Haendel


Alexander’s Feast


Messiah

 

J. Haydn


Die Jahreszeiten


Die Schöpfung


Die sieben letzten Worte


Stabat Mater


Theresienmesser

 

F. Mendelssohn

Elias


Paulus

J. Serrano

Rafael, La dolorosa 

 

P. Sorozábal

Leandro, La tabernera del puerto

 

F.M. Torroba

Javier Moreno, Luisa Fernanda

 

A. Vives

Fernando, Doña Francisquita