-The Puerto Rican tenor will sing Don Giovanni in April, opening the company’s opera season
Mozart has pride of place among Joel Prieto´s engagements, and the acclaimed tenor will once again be performing an opera by the composer on the 16th, 20th, 23rd and 26th April. This will be a production of the second opera in the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy, Don Giovanni, and the performances will open the season at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, home of the Ópera Nacional de Chile. The production is directed by Pierre Constant and conducted by Attilio Cremonesi, who will be working to discover the secrets that Mozart imagined for his version of the Don Juan myth. Alongside Joel Prieto, who will take the role of Don Ottavio, will be Levent Bakirci (Don Giovanni), Michelle Bradley (Donna Anna), Paulina González (Donna Elvira), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Leporello) and Marcela González (Zerlina), among others.
Prieto made his debut at the Municipal in Santiago in 2009 with Pagliacci´s Arlecchino, returning in 2014 with The Magic Flute. The tenor states that he is “delighted” with his return to Chile. “I have fantastic memories of the work we did four years ago at the Municipal, a theatre in which marvellous things can be done, and I am sure that audiences will have a great time with this Don Giovanni, which is fresh and full of dramatism,” he notes.
Born in Madrid (Spain), brought up in Puerto Rico and trained in New York, Joel Prieto will be returning to Santiago de Chile after his triumph at the Madrid Teatro Real in one of the lead roles in Kurt Weill´s Street Scene, and after his return to Puerto Rico for the last concert in this year´s Casals Festival, with a Mozart Requiem alongside the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.
After Don Giovanni in Chile, the 2008 Operalia competition winner will return to the Caribbean island to give a concert with the San Juan Children´s Choir (May), he will return to the Teatro Real in Madrid for a new run of performances of Street Scene and will give a recital at the Málaga Clásica Festival (Spain).