The tenor Joel Prieto, winner of the 2008 Operalia Competition, made his debut at the Los Angeles Opera (USA) this January as Belmonte in the Mozart opera The Abduction from the Seraglio– “probably the most difficult role that I have sung in my career,” according to the young singer, who triumphed on the occasion with both audiences and critics alike. “Prieto has Mozartian vocal virtues, with a delicate line, excellent passagio and infinite fiato … His is a voice of true quality… His performance reached perfection”. “Joel Prieto sang a Belmonte almost with the sound of the oboe, always in the exact centre of the note”.
The tenor, who was born in Madrid, brought up in Puerto Rico and trained in New York, will be faithful to Mozart throughout April, May and June. He will return to the Dresden Semperoper (Germany) to sing Belmonte in seven performances, whilst, on the 28th April, he will give a one-off performance as Prince Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw (Poland), where the Polish National Opera is based. This will be a repeat of the acclaimed Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade production which Prieto has already performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid (Spain) as well as in the main opera house in the Polish capital.
In Dresden, however, Joel Prieto will be Belmonte in a production directed by Michiel Dijkema and conducted by Christopher Moulds.