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CALENDAR

DATES
LOCATION
CITY
PERFORMANCE
TICKETS
July 4 to 15, 2016
Royal Opera House
London
Il Trovatore
August 3 and 5, 2016
Opera Festival
Savonlinna
Norma
August 16, 2016
BBC Proms
London
Concert (Mahler)
September 15 to October 3, 2016
Teatro Real
Madrid
Otello(Verdi)
Octubre 6, 2016
Baluarte
Pamplona
Concert (arias)
October 20 to November 4, 2016
Teatro Real
Madrid
Norma(Bellini)
November 15 to 26, 2016
Teatro Regio
Turin
Samson et Dalila
December 10 to 21, 2016
Les Arts
Valencia
I vespri siciliani
January 26 to February 15, 2017
Royal Opera House
London
Il Trovatore
February 12, 2017
Liceu
Barcelona
Concert (Verdi)
March 14 to 26, 2017
Teatro Regio
Turin
Manon Lescaut
April 21 to 30, 2017
Teatro dell’Opera
Rome
Andrea Chénier
May 20 to 29, 2017
ABAO
Bilbao
Andrea Chénier
July 8 to 15, 2017
Royal Opera House
London
Otello

Biography

Gregory Kunde
Gregory Kunde
Gregory Kunde
Gregory Kunde

GREGORY KUNDE

Tenor

Regarded as one of the most elegant and accomplished singers on the opera stage today, Gregory Kunde continues to earn acclaim for his sensitive phrasing, impeccable style and dramatic command of the most demanding Italian and French operatic roles. He has appeared regularly at the world’s most notable venues, including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Houston Grand Opera, Opéra Bastille, Théatre du Châtelet, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Sydney Opera House. He has collaborated with many outstanding conductors and stage directors, including Bonynge, R. Abbado, Muti, Mehta, Plasson, Prêtre, Rattle, Pappano, Dutoit, Nelson, Gardiner, Davis, Ronconi, Pizzi, Vick and Loy.

Acclaimed throughout his career for his performances in French and Italian bel canto roles, Kunde has more recently earned a formidable reputation in Verdi and other dramatic repertoire. Since his critically acclaimed debut as Verdi’s Otello at La Fenice in 2012, he has performed this signature role in Valencia, Genoa, Salerno, Florence, Turin, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, and São Paulo. Other Verdi debuts in recent seasons include Arrigo I vespri siciliani and Riccardo Un ballo in maschera (Turin), Radames Aida (São Paulo), and Don Alvaro La forza del destino (Valencia). In the 2012/13 season, Kunde earned the unique distinction of being the only tenor in recorded history to perform both Rossini’s Otello and Verdi’s Otello in the same season – something he repeated last season and will do again this season.

Highlights of the current season include his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Manrico Il trovatore; his role debut in the title role of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in Madrid and Bilbao; Verdi’s Otello in Seville and Cincinnati; Rossini’s Otello at the Gran Teatre del Liceu; the title roles of both Idomeneo and Samson et Dalila in Valencia; and Des Grieux Manon Lescaut in Bilbao

Engagements last season included Verdi’s Otello in São Paulo, Peralada and Seville; Rossini’s Otello (La Scala); Radames Aida (Arena de Verona); Pollione Norma (Gran Teatre del Liceu and La Fenice); and role debuts as Rodolfo Luisa Miller (Liège), Turriddu Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio Pagliacci (Bilbao), and Manrico Il trovatore (La Fenice).

Other recent roles include Enée Les Troyens (La Scala), Peter Grimes in Santa Cecilia with Pappano, Vasco da Gama L'Africaine (La Fenice), Gualtiero Il Pirata (Gran Teatre del Liceu), Raoul Les Huguenots (Opéra national du Rhin), Rodrigo La donna del lago (Theater an der Wien), and Faust La damnation de Faust (with Maestro Dutoit in Amsterdam).

Kunde’s rich discography includes Berlioz Les Troyens at the Théâtre du Châtelet (Opus Arte DVD, Gramophone magazine’s ‘DVD of the Year’), Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini (Virgin Classics CD, Gramophone’s ‘Opera Recording of the Year’), Benvenuto Cellini with Sir Colin Davis (LSO Live CD), and Verdi’s Otello from the Palazzo Ducale in Venice (Unitel DVD).

News

Gregory Kunde was interviewed on the BBC Radio 3 programme “In Tune” on the occasion of the premiere of Verdi’s Il trovatore at the Royal Opera House of London. This David Bösch production, which is conducted by Maestro Giannadrea Noseda, will be on the stage from July 2nd to July 17th. In it the American tenor, recently honoured with the most prestigious prize in the world of opera, the “International Opera Awards 2016”, will give life to the troubadour Manrico. At the end of the interview Gregory Kunde sang, accompanied by the pianist Roger Vignoles, “Ah si, ben mio”. The… Read More
Interview with Gregory Kunde on the BBC Radio 3 programme “In Tune”
  • 17 - 06 - 2016
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On May 25th and June 2nd Gregory Kunde will lead the cast of Samson et Dalila in Saint Petersburg, at the Mariinsky Theatre. The June 2nd performance is part of the prestigious music festival “Stars of the White Nights” which will be taking place from May 26th to July 24th in the Russian city. Present at this year’s festival will be figures of the stature of Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Olga Peretyatko and Cecilia Bartoli.

Samson et Dalila, an opera in three acts with music by Camille Saint-Saëns and libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire, will be conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev. The… Read More
Gregory Kunde to sing the lead role of Samson et Dalila at the Mariinsky Theatre of Saint Petersburg, with Maestro Gergiev conducting
  • 23 - 05 - 2016
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Last evening, Sunday May 15th, the award ceremony of the 2016 International Opera Awards, considered by many to be the most important in the world of opera, was held at London’s Savoy Theatre. Gregory Kunde was honoured with the top prize in the category of male singers. The American tenor was nominated along with five other great singers in the opera world.

The International Opera Awards were created in 2012 with the idea of highlighting opera as an art form, of recognizing and rewarding the success of those involved in opera and of generating funds with which to make bursaries or… Read More
Gregory Kunde wins “Best Male Singer” at the 2016 International Opera Awards
  • 16 - 05 - 2016
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“This Idomeneo is sung very well. More than anyone else Kunde is memorable and moving. He may not be the typical Mozart singer, according to the canons, but he has an extraordinary way of phrasing and modulating that truly reaches listeners. There are artists who have that indefinable something that makes one never tire of seeing them and hearing them on stage and that makes each one of their interventions seem too brief. It is a mixture of mastery, the ability to communicate and charisma that makes them unique”. Joaquín Guzmán (ABC-Valencia)
 	“Vocally, the performance of Gregory Kunde as… Read More
Reviews of “Idomeneo” at Les Arts, in Valencia
  • 06 - 05 - 2016
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The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía is set to premiere Mozart’s Idomeneo on April 21st. This new production, the first undertaken by Les Arts in 2016, is being directed by Davide Livermore, the current director of the theatre. The remaining performances will take place on April 24th, April 28th, May 1st and May 4th.

 

Gregory Kunde (Idomeneo) heads the cast, along with the soprano Carmen Romeu (Elettra). Fabio Biondi, the musical director of the production, will stand before the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana and the Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana. Also taking part in the production, among others, are… Read More
Gregory Kunde heads the cast of Idomeneo, by Mozart, at Les Arts of Valencia
  • 20 - 04 - 2016
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The ABAO-OLBE has scheduled a single performance of Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi, to take place on April 16th. Gregory Kunde will sing the Requiem with the soprano Angela Meade, the bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and the mezzo Dolora Zajick. This is the third time this season that the American singer will be on the stage of Palacio Euskalduna, in events programmed by ABAO (the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera). In November of 2015 he sang the title role of Roberto Devereux and last February he sang the role of Renato des Grieux in Manon Lescaut.

The Messa da… Read More
Gregory Kunde returns to Bilbao to sing Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
  • 14 - 04 - 2016
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The American tenor Gregory Kunde will sing in two of the titles scheduled for the 2016-2017 season of the Royal Opera House of London: Il trovatore and Otello.

Gregory Kunde will perform in Il Trovatore from January 26th to February 9th 2017. On stage with him will be the singers Maria Agresta, Roberto Alagna, Lianna Haroutounian, Anita Rachvelishvili and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. This staging by the German director David Bösch, which is a co-production with the Frankfurt Opera, will have the British Maestro Richard Farnes as musical director. Prior to these performances, in the ROH’s current season, from July 4th through July… Read More
Gregory Kunde will return to London’s Royal Opera House during its 2016-2017 season to sing the role of Manrico (Il trovatore) and also Otello
  • 12 - 04 - 2016
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Tomorrow, March 30th, the American tenor Gregory Kunde will be singing Aida in Moscow, under the direction of Maestro Zubin Mehta, who will be conducting the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and its chorus to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya. Aida, an opera in four acts with music by Giuseppe Verdi and Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, will be performed in concert version. The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra was founded in 1928 and since the very beginning it has performed in the concerts and operas of the Teatro Comunale di Firenze. Maestro Zubin Mehta… Read More
Gregory Kunde sings Aida in Moscow under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta
  • 29 - 03 - 2016
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Gregory Kunde shines at the award ceremony in which he receives Best Male Opera Singer of the year.

 Last Saturday, March 19th, the Spanish opera world honoured the most outstanding artists of 2015, including the American tenor Gregory Kunde, who was given the prize for Best Male Opera Singer.

At the award ceremony for the Campoamor Theatre Opera Awards, considered to be among the most relevant in Europe, the “Oscars” of opera in Spain, Kunde was one of the most highly-acclaimed award recipients. He treated the audience in attendance to the aria “Vesti la giubba” from the opera Pagliacci, by R. Leoncavallo.… Read More
Gregory Kunde receive the award for Best Male Opera Singer
  • 21 - 03 - 2016
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Gregory Kunde will open next season at the Teatro Real de Madrid, with leading roles in Verdi’s Otello and Bellini’s Norma. 

To commemorate Teatro Real’s bicentennial, Gregory Kunde will open the season singing Verdi’s Otello and then, shortly thereafter, Norma, by Bellini. Otello will be on the stage of the Madrid theatre from September 15th through October 3rd, 2016. Kunde, in the title role, will be accompanied by the Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, as Desdemona and George Petean, as Yago. After that, from October 20th through November 4th, Gregory Kunde will give life to Pollione, the principal male role in… Read More
Gregory Kunde will open next season at the Teatro Real de Madrid
  • 17 - 03 - 2016
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“Gregory Kunde continues to make history and we have the opportunity and immense fortune to be witnesses of his achievements. New role, new debut and new irrefutable success by the American singer (…) Des Grieux is a perfect match for the tenor, as the role allows him to offer a portrait that is fresh, passionate and vocally lusty. It is a pleasure to see him sing very complicated passages with great ease but not for that reason with any less devotion and generosity. The role is devilishly challenging. In the first act alone Puccini gives him two arias and two duets… Read More
Review of “Manon Lescaut” at ABAO-Bilbao (Magazine Codalario, 28/02/2016)
  • 29 - 02 - 2016
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The American tenor debuts in the role of Renato des Grieux, the gentleman in love with Manon. One of Giacomo Puccini’s most popular works, Manon Lescaut comes to the capital of Vizcaya this weekend thanks to the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera. This production was created by the British stage director Stephen Medcalf for the Teatro Regio di Parma. Performances take place between February 20th and February 29th. The musical director is Maestro Pedro Halffter, who will be conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and the Coro de la Ópera de Bilbao. This production of Manon Lescaut boasts an excellent… Read More
Gregory Kunde sings in Manon Lescaut at the Ópera de Bilbao
  • 18 - 02 - 2016
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“However it may be, the Rossini version has come to us through Gregory Kunde, a phenomenal tenor who at the age of almost sixty still has a powerful and agile voice. He took on all the demands of the score and he made it through with flying colours. And he was applauded.” Roger Alier (La Vanguardia)

 

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Review of Verdi’s Otello at the Liceu, in Barcelona (La Vanguardia, 4/02/2016)
  • 05 - 02 - 2016
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