‘La finta giardiniera,’ Santa Fe Opera

“As the mercurial Count, Joel Prieto handles his rather unsympathetic character in the best way possible: by transforming him into a bumbling mess of contrition and contradiction, particularly when he’s in the company of the bigger-than-life Armanda.

Mr. Prieto’s comic touch and flexible lyric tenor voice combine to transform Mozart’s would-be murderer into an ultimately hapless lover we can forgive in the end, which is a key to the story’s resolution.”
Terry Ponick – Community Digital News

“The sterling cast boasts several singers . . . the disguised Belfiore (the personable, bright-voiced Spanish tenor Joel Prieto) . . .”
John von Rhein – The Chicago Tribune

“Joel Prieto was dashing and confused as Belfiore, who is torn between Sandrina and Arminda . . .”
Heidi Waleson – The Wall Street Journal

“Here the whole far exceeds the sum of its parts, although these parts be wondrously taken . . . Item: The bewitching “Caro pupille belle,” Belfiore’s aria, graciously sung by light-voiced tenor charmer, Joel Prieto.”
John Stege – Santa Fe Reporter

“Tenor Joel Prieto (as Count Belfiore) and baritone Joshua Hopkins (as the false-gardener’s assistant, Nardo) both sang with lovely tone and musical intelligence, and they integrated their music-making into appealing and amusing stage presences.”
James M. Keller – Santa Fe New Mexican