Since his triumphant victory as the 2008 first prize winner of Placido Domingo's Operalia Competition, Joel Prieto has become much sought-after around the world. Still in his 20s, the Spanish-born singer, raised in Puerto Rico, is captivating audiences bringing depth and nuance to his leading roles and infusing his characters with vitality, elegance and beauty.
Joel Prieto begins the 2010/11 season with performances of his signature role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at the Grand Theatre in Luxembourg, a role he later reprises for Palm Beach Opera, in his company debut. An important highlight of this season is his company debut at the Liceu Barcelona as Fenton in Falstaff. Further appearances include performances as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival where he was invited to sing the role again after his successful debut in 2010. Also this season Joel will sing as Don Ottavio in Puerto Rico where he can also be heard in recital.
Future plans include debuts with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Washington National Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and the Staatsoper Berlin.
In previous seasons Joel was heard at Palau de les Arts in Valencia in his role debut as Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte along Barbara Frittoli. Also in Valencia he portrayed the role of Silvio in L'arbore de Diana and the Prince Giovanni in Una cosa rara both by Martin y Soler. He also sang performances as Arlecchino in Pagliacci at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, in Chile. In July 2008, Joel joined Plácido Domingo for performances of Luisa Fernanda conducted by Joseph Caballé at the Theater an der Wien. Also in 2008 he was chosen as a member of the first "Montblanc Young Singers Project" at the Salzburg Festival, where he performed in the Gala Concert with the Mozarteum Orchestra under the baton of Ivor Bolton.
From 2006 to 2008, he was a member of Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his roles included Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. In the summer of 2007, he sang his first performance of Conte d'Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Compania Lirica de Puerto Rico. In season 2005/06 he became a member of the Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra National de Paris, where he performed in the world premiere of Dayer's Les Aveugles in Paris and at the Almeida Theatre in London. He also sang the role of Lorenz in Lehar's Frühling at the Opéra Comique in Paris.
On the concert stage, Joel Prieto sang the tenor part in Mozart's C Minor Mass for the opening of the Sazlburg Festival in the summer of 2010. Also in Salzburg he has sung Haydn's Stabat Mater and was part of the Benefit Concert for Pakistan along Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott and Piotr Bezcala amoung others. In season 2009/10 Joel shared the stage with Barbara Frittoli in a Opera Gala Concert in Bergen and sang his first recital in London at the Rosenblatt Series. In previous seasons he was heard in Haydn's Creation at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville conducted by Peter Schreier, Arturo in concert performances of Lucia di Lammermoor with Edita Gruberova at Sächsische Semperoper Dresden, Tybalt in a concert version of Roméo et Juliette at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Evangelist in Herzogenberg's Die Geburt Christi at the Monstery of Wolhusen in Switzerland.
Mr. Prieto has collaborated with renowned conductors like Ivor Bolton, Adam Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Renato Palumbo, Ottavio Dantone, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, renowned directors like Claus Guth, David Mcvicar, Francisco Negrin, Christof Loy, Stephen Lawless, Daniel Slater, Emilio Sagi and renowned orchestras like the Vienna Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Dresden Semperoper Orchesra, Orchestra of Teatro Liceu in Barcelona and Orchestra of Palau de les Arts in Valencia among others.
A 2004 Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he also received additional prizes including three Operalia's prizes in 2008: First Prize, the Zarzuela Prize and the Cultur Arte Prize. Joel completed his studies at Manhattan School of Music in New York City.