– The acclaimed tenor will make his debut at the Teatro Campoamor in June as the male lead in the popular Luisa Fernanda and in summer he will return to the Austrian festival with Orphée aux Enfers
Joel Prieto continues with his list of engagements in Spain. He is shortly going to perform the role of Javier for the first time, the male lead of Moreno Torroba´s masterpiece, Luisa Fernanda. This will be the Madrid born Puerto-Rican tenor’s debut at the Campoamor theatre,“one of the few opera houses in the country that I hadn’t got to know and which I am very excited about singing in,” the singer affirms. What is more, this debut will be with a very popular zarzuela “of great importance in the repertoire of the genre, as we are talking about one of the best-known titles both in Spain and in America. I made my debut in this zarzuela in 2008, alongside Plácido Domingo, when I won the Operalia competition,” the young tenor explains. Prieto has just sung Rodelinda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Falstaff in the Teatro Real. “These have been some very intensive weeks in Spain, in which I have been able to meet up with family in Madrid and work with the amazing teams at the Liceu and the Real. I love working in Spain because the audiences are so warm and knowledgeable.”
The singer recognises that Luisa Fernanda has as much quality as any opera: “it has gorgeous melodies, with a popular touch which captures the audience from the start. The orchestration is also of great quality. Also, the well-known Emilio Sagi production which we are putting on at the Campoamor is fantastic, elegant, and beautifully resolved.” The performances in Oviedo will take place on the 20th and 22nd June.
Prieto, who had already performed another of the great zarzuelas, Doña Francisquita (at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, France), will then go to the Salzburg festival for a complete change in genre, as he will be taking the role of Orpheus, the title role of Offenbach´s Orphée aux Enfers, in a new Barrie Kosky production which will revive this great comic opera with a cast of legendary singers such as Anne Sofie von Otter. Performances take place on the 14th, 17th, 21st, 23rd, 26th and 30th August.