-The tenor will close the Casals Festival on the 17th March, after his Street Scene at the Teatro Real in Madrid
The tenor Joel Prieto, who was born in Madrid and raised in Puerto Rico, returns to his island to close the 2018 Casals Festival, conducted by the artistic director of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Maximiano Valdés. The event appeals for international support and understanding, after the tragedy which recently occured in Puerto Rico, when it was ravaged by the hurracanes Irma and Maria. “Together we are fighting to pick up the pieces of our country,” Prieto affirms, “and musical activity, which comforts the soul and gives people strength to carry on, is very important at times like these.” Prieto will go to the Casals Festival to perform in the closing ceremony, in which he will sing Mozart´s Requiem on the 17th March alongside the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the San Juan Philharmonic Choir and soloists such as the soprano Zulimar López, the mezzo-soprano Celia Sotomayor and the bass Hermán Iturralde.
The tenor will travel to the Caribbean in a break between his performances of the Kurt Weill opera Street Scene at the Teatro Real in Madrid (which opened in February and will return to the Madrid theatre in May and June). In April he will take the role of Don Ottavio in the opera Don Giovanni, also by Mozart, when he returns to the Ópera Nacional in Santiago de Chile. Afterwards, in early May, he will go back to Puerto Rico to give a concert with the San Juan Children´s Choir.