–The young singer will be Sam Kaplan in Street Scene at the Madrid opera house.
The Madrid born, Puerto Rican tenor Joel Prieto, who won the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition in 2008, makes his debut with operetta repertoire on the 5th January with the lead role in the New Year´s concert in Luxemburg, where he will sing the role of Edwin in Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gipsy Princess), by Emmerich Kálmán, alongside the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. He will continue to add to his repertoire in February on his return to the Teatro Real in Madrid –his city of birth– to take part in the Madrid premiere of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (13th to 18th February and 26th May to 1st June.) The piece, which is being co-produced by Monte-Carlo Opera and Oper Köln, is also known as American Opera or Broadway Opera, terms proposed by the composer himself, and contains some elements of the musical genre. “I am very excited about being able to return to Madrid – the city where I was born and which I adore- and also, of course, to the Teatro Real, which is becoming my second home”, the singer explains; “Street scene is a fascinating piece which mixes various genres – including opera, musical theatre and jazz – and it will give me the opportunity to sing in English for the first time. I am sure that our audiences will really enjoy this opera, which is spectacular in every way, and I am delighted to be a part of it”, he adds.
In spring, Prieto will be singing works by one of his favourite composers – Mozart. In March the tenor will travel to the city where he grew up and trained, San Juan in Puerto Rico, to perform Mozart´s Requiem in the Casals Festival. In April he is engaged to take the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Ópera Nacional de Chile, at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago.