Hailed as an “amazingly refined” singer, Spanish tenor Jorge Prego has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Symphony. He was seen as Aronne in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto with Chicago Opera Theater. Overseas, he sang and recorded Don Ruiz in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, and has been a featured soloist with the Verdi Orchestra of Milan and the Zurich Opera Foundation.
Equally at home with Early Music repertoire, his credits include Handel’s Messiah with the New Haven and the Santa Fe Symphonies—where he was praised for his “vocal prowess and masterful handling of the vocal acrobatics”—, Bach cantatas with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and as soloist with Frederick Renz’s Early Music New York.
Jorge grew up in a family with strong roots to Galician culture, and a love for music, classical and traditional. Through the paintings of his grandfather, Manuel Prego,
he learned to love his motherland and its folk.
The writer Carlos Casares, a friend of the family, was at one point his teacher. The spirit of immigration runs deep in his family—many of his elders came to the Americas from the late nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth. Portugal and its people hold a special place in his heart, as he spent many childhood days in the neighboring towns south of the Minho. A Yale graduate, Jorge lives with his wife in the NYC area.