-He will take the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte, one of the Mozart characters that has brought him most success.
The tenor Joel Prieto will begin the 18/19 season with one of his favourite roles in his debut at the Opéra de Lausanne: he will be Ferrando in Così fan tutte. The Mozart opera will be performed at the Swiss opera house on the 28th and 30th October and the 2nd, 4th and 7th November. It is a Jean Liermier production and will be conducted by Joshua Weilerstein. There is more music by Mozart than by any other composer in the Puerto Rican tenor´s repertoire. Prieto won the 2009 Placido Domingo Operalia competition and considers that the genius from Salzburg forms part of his DNA. “The truth is that I feel really at home with Mozart, really comfortable. His music has accompanied me from the beginning of my career and I adore all of the Mozart characters that I have performed, but it is true that my horizons are widening to include other repertoire which I also feel very comfortable with. My voice is evolving, and I love taking on new challenges”, the singer explains.
However, going back to Mozart from time to time is synonymous with vocal health. Ferrando in Così fan tutte is, in fact, one of the characters from Mozart operas that Joel Prieto has performed the most. “And it is very good for my voice. I have sung the role in all types of productions, traditional, modern and even ground-breaking. In each case, the nobility and humanity of the character shine through. The role has one of the seemingly most simple Mozart arias, ‘Un aura amorosa,’ which is actually very demanding when it comes to concentration and line”. A decade has now passed since Joel Prieto first sung Ferrando in his 2009 debut at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia, and he has since sung it at theatres such as the Scottish Opera in Glasgow, Luxembourg Opera, Palm Beach Opera in Florida (USA), the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Washington National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, as well as performing it at festivals such as 2Mondi in Spoleto, Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, the BBC Proms in London and Mostly Mozart in New York.
Other upcoming engagements include Don Pasquale by Donizetti at La Monnaie and De Munt in Brussels, Händel´s Rodelinda at the Liceu in Barcelona, Verdi´s Falstaff at the Teatro Real in Madrid (Verdi) and Mozart´s Idomeneo at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.