Spanish tenor Joel Prieto has been one of the most sought-after singers of his generation since he won the Operalia Competition in 2008. Among the leading opera houses and concert halls where he regularly appears are those in London, Madrid, Berlin, Dresden, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Vienna, Munich, Barcelona, Rome, Houston, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Valencia, Warsaw, Moscow, Beijing and Santiago de Chile as well as the BBC Proms and the Santa Fe, Edinburgh, Spoleto, Bad Kissingen, Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg Festivals, where he was a participant in the Young Singers Project in 2008.
Spanish-born, Joel Prieto grew up in San Juan in Puerto Rico and studied in New York. He captivates his audiences with the elegance and subtlety of his singing and the psychological penetration that he brings to the roles in his repertoire. After studying at the Manhattan School of Music and the Atelier Lyrique of the Paris Opéra, he was a member of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 2006 to 2008, making his debut with the company as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte). His repertoire includes Mozart’s other leading tenor roles in Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Le nozze di Figaro and La finta giardiniera as well as other roles ranging from Il barbiere di Siviglia to Federico Moreno Torroba’s zarzuela Luisa Fernanda and from Rodelinda to Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore, Béatrice et Bénédict, Les Troyens, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Falstaff, Salome and Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. On the concert platform he has taken part in performances of oratorios by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.
In the course of 2018/19 Joel Prieto made his house debuts at the Opéra de Lausanne as Ferrando (Così fan tutte), at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels as Ernesto (Don Pasquale) and at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo as Javier Moreno (Luisa Fernanda). He also appeared for the first time at the Liceu in Barcelona as Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) and at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Fenton (Falstaff). Plans include Idamante (Idomeneo) at the Rome Opera, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at the Berlin State Opera.