Biography

Since he was unanimously awarded the coveted distinction of first prize in Plácido Domingo’s 2008 Operalia Competition, tenor Joel Prieto has become one of the most in-demand artists of his generation, singing in some of the world’s most renowned opera houses and concert venues. The Spanish-born singer, raised in Puerto Rico, brings vocal and dramatic depth to his roles, infusing them with elegance, vitality, and beauty.

Highlights of Joel Prieto’s 2018-2019 season includes his debut at the Opéra de Lausanne as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, his debut at the La Monnaie/Demunt in Brussels as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, his return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona with Rodelinda and to the Teatro Real in Madrid with Falstaff, his debut in Oviedo as Javier in Moreno Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda and his return to the Salzburger Festspiele as Orphée in Offenbach’s Orphee aux enfers. 

Joel Prieto’s 2017-2018 season started with Les Troyens at Semperoper Dresden and a Christmas Concert at Puerto Rico’s Centro de Bellas Artes with the San Juan Bautista Choir and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra; he returned to the Teatro Real with the Madrid premiere of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; sang Mozart’s Requiem at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico; went back to the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, this time as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and returned to the Teatro Real in Madrid for more performances of Street Scene.

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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.

His 2015-2016 season opened with a concert tour through Scandinavia and Russia with pianist Semjon Skigin, as part of the Ocean Sun Festival. He sang Narraboth in a concert version of Strauss’ Salome at the Auditorium Orchestre National de Lyon, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Prieto also made his role debut as the Steuermann in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer at the Staatsoper Berlin. He returned to his home city in his debut at Teatro Real in Madrid as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte led by Maestro Ivor Bolton, in a performance that was heralded by the…

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

EL PAÍS

Joel debuted in the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte starting at the Festival Aix-en-Provence in a new production by Christophe Honoré (which will later be released on DVD), followed by performances at the Edinburgh Festival and at Alice Tully Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center.

Joel Prieto made his debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Opera de Puerto Rico in the 2013/14 season. He then sang the role of Fenton in Christof Loy’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Staatsoper Berlin along with soprano Anna Prohaska and bass René Pape. He experienced tremendous success in his debut as Narraboth in Strauss’ Salome led by Maestro Zubin Mehta and directed by Harry Kupfer at the Staatsoper Berlin. Additional engagements that season included the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Iopas in Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Mr. Prieto also joined the Orfeon San Juan Bautista of Puerto Rico Choir in a concert for ProArte Musical. He was praised by the critics in his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival singing Il Contino Belfiore in a thrilling new exciting production of La finta giardiniera, led by Robin Ticcati and directed by Frederic Wake-Walker.

Repertoire

V. Bellini

Tebaldo, I Capuletti e i Montecchi 

Hector 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

 

Richard 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