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Joel Prieto returns to Rosenblatt Recitals following a joint recital in 2010 with Sara Hershkowitz. Since then the young Spanish-born tenor, who was raised in Puerto Rico, has appeared on the stages of world’s leading opera houses and in May this year makes his Royal Opera House debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff. His programme includes Beethoven’s song cycle An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) and works by Puerto Rican composers Narciso Figueroa and Ernesto Cordero.
This recital will be recorded for broadcast by Sky Arts in 2013
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.
Since making his professional debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2006, he has gone on to develop his repertoire, making his debuts on prestigious stages.
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.
Previous to that he was 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. He went on to sing for the first time at the Salzburg Festival Haydn’s Stabat Mater under conductor Ivor Bolton as well as singing the role of Ferrando in a new production of Cosi fan tutte.
Since then, he has sung the role of Fenton in Falstaff at Barcelona’s Liceu, and debuted at the Palm Beach Opera in his signature role of Ferrando in i>Cosi fan tutte. He has been a regular guest of the Salzburg Festival since his debut and has appeared on the stages in Munich, Berlin, Washington and Toulouse’s Capitole.
Joel Prieto makes his Royal Opera House debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff this May as well as appearing as Belfiore in La finta giardiniera in Berlin and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni in Houston.
Iain Burnside enjoys a unique reputation as pianist and broadcaster, forged through his commitment to the song repertoire and his collaborations with leading international singers. In recent seasons such artists have included Galina Gorchakova, Ailish Tynan, Lisa Milne, Rebecca Evans; Susan Bickley, Ann Murray and Sarah Connolly; John Mark Ainsley, Mark Padmore and Andrew Kennedy; Roderick Williams and Bryn Terfel. Through his strong association with the Rosenblatt Recitals, Iain has appeared with outstanding artists such as Ekaterina Siurina, Ailyn Pérez, Lawrence Brownlee, Stephen Costello and Matthew Rose.
Acclaimed as a programmer, Iain has devised a number of innovative recitals combining music and poetry presented with huge success in Brussels and Barcelona with the collaboration of actors such as Fiona Shaw and Simon Russell Beale. At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he is a Research Associate, staging specially conceived programmes with student singers and pianists. He has given Masterclasses throughout Europe, at New York’s Juilliard School and the Banff Centre, Canada. Iain’s broadcasting career covers both Radio and TV and he has been honoured with a Sony Radio Award.