Schedule update and Peter Grimes broadcast

October 25th, 2013

Hi All:

I’ve just posted a sched­ule update with some addi­tions and some dele­tions as well.  A cou­ple of thing have gone by the way­side but most of all, I’m try­ing to keep my future work post­ings to a year and a half out as many com­pa­nies do not want their secrets out until the sea­son is announced.  I can under­stand that and I have respect­fully adhered to their wishes.

Here in Rome, we are prepar­ing to do a final run-through of Britten’s Peter Grimes this after­noon and we’ll pre­miere it tomor­row night (26 Octo­ber) at 18:00 (CET) Live on RAI Radio 3.  www.radio3.rai.it  Click on “Ascolta in diretta” for the live stream.  Hope you can join us!!

Greg

It’s a GK.COM update…really…no joke!

August 19th, 2013

Greet­ings from São Paulo, Brazil!

Well, another sea­son has come and gone and I’m STILL not a good web­site updater! I apol­o­gize to those of you who have been wait­ing for updates and have not received them or have received them too late! I am in the process of get­ting that sched­ule updated as I know many of you count on it to keep track of me.

In any case, there have been a few things that have been missed that I wanted to men­tion.  First, after an unfor­tu­nate turn of events in Zürich last May, I had to bow out of the La Straniera pro­duc­tion.  That also means I will not be there in Octo­ber of this year as was pre­vi­ously scheduled.

I was extremely for­tu­nate and happy to be able to take part in a mag­nif­i­cent new pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s Otello in the Palau des Arts in Valen­cia, Spain with my good friends pro­ducer Davide Liv­er­more, soprano Maria Agresta and bari­tone Car­los Álvarez.  Mae­stro Zubin Mehta was our con­duc­tor and it was such a great honor and priv­i­lege to be able to stand in front of him and do this incred­i­ble role.  This was a mag­nif­i­cent pro­duc­tion in every sense.  Con­grat­u­la­tions to all involved.

That was fol­lowed by an his­toric mount­ing of Francesco Micheli’s pro­duc­tion of last November’s Otello at La Fenice in Venice which was adapted and moved into the cor­tile of the Palazzo Ducale in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Parts of the orig­i­nal sets were not able to be used, but the over­all effect was kept in tact.  It was another spec­tac­u­lar pro­duc­tion, this time under the stars in Venice.  Although it was once an annual sum­mer tra­di­tion in the 1950’s and ’60’s, it had been nearly 50 years since the last per­for­mances of Otello in the Palazzo, and one of those last per­for­mances starred Mario del Monaco as the moor.  I was hon­ored and hum­bled to be asked to be the artist to re-start the Otello tra­di­tion there.  Along­side Carmela Remi­gio and Lucio Gallo with Mae­stro Myung-Whun Chung at the podium it was a mag­i­cal expe­ri­ence to per­form this piece in the home of the Lion of Venice.  We will “repeat the feat” next July as well so I hope some of you will be able to join us.

Another “first” that was not reported here has been my debut (9 August) as Radamés in Aida at the Teatro Munic­i­pal in São Paulo, Brazil.  I have sung (as of this writ­ing) two per­for­mances with three more to go (20, 22 & 25 August) and I am find­ing it to be a won­der­ful role!  My Aida is Maria-Jose Siri who is one of the great Aidas of our day.  She has sung the role many times and is a won­der­ful singer and a sen­si­tive part­ner.  I look for­ward to singing this part many more times in the future and I look for­ward to com­ing back here as well as it is a won­der­ful place to work with a pub­lic that is extremely knowl­edgable and quite enthusiastic.

Well, that puts us up-to-date for now.  I’ll try to be bet­ter at this.

Thanks for your patience and your support.

Bless­ings,

Greg

First post this year!

January 26th, 2013

Hi every­one:

Happy New Year (a lit­tle late)!  I’ve had a great past few months with a debut in Otello of Verdi in Venice, a won­der­ful return visit to Annapo­lis, Mary­land for my bi-annual Mes­siah with the Mid­ship­men, a great Christ­mas at home with my beau­ti­ful girls (albeit I was rather sick the whole time), New Years in Barcelona and two very excit­ing con­certs of Il Pirata at the Liceu with Mariella Devia and now hav­ing com­pleted one of the two con­certs of I Vespri Sicil­iani here in Athens, I’ve finally got­ten around to updat­ing my schedule.

There are some excit­ing addi­tions includ­ing a return this Novem­ber to Venice for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine and after a 12 year absence, I’ve been invited to come back to La Scala, Milan in April of 2014 for David McVikar’s pro­duc­tion of Berlioz’ Les Troyens with Anto­nio Pap­pano conducting.

I feel extremely blessed to be able to do this incred­i­ble job and I thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port.  I look for­ward to see­ing you all some­where soon!!

Greg

OTELLO TONIGHT ON RAI RADIO 3!!

November 16th, 2012

HI EVERYONE:

Our pre­miere of Verdi’s Otello will be streamed live this evening at 19:00 CET (1:00 pm EST) and you can access it by click­ing the link and then click­ing again on “ASCOLTA RADIO 3 LIVE”.  Hope you can join us tonight!!!

http://www.radio3.rai.it/dl/radio3/programmi/puntata/ContentItem-06ed46fa-70cd-4ae4-98dd-d76ec5bda19d.html

I know, it’s about time!!

September 16th, 2012

Hi Every­one:

Yes, can you believe it? I’m actu­ally post­ing some­thing! I’ve been putting it off and putting it off and finally I sat down today and UPDATED MY SCHEDULE!!  You can find it on the sched­ule page in a new for­mat as well.  It is as up-to-date as can be (except for a cou­ple of projects yet to be con­firmed) so I hope this will take away any ques­tions and con­cerns some of you may have had.

Some of the new things are (as most of you already have heard) Otello (of VERDI!!) in Novem­ber at La Fenice in Venice, which will be my debut there, then a Jan­u­ary return to the Liceu in Barcelona for a debut as Gualtiero in Il Pirata with Mariella Devia for two con­cert per­for­mances. Next, I’ll return to the Megaron in Athens with the Greek National Opera for I Vespri Sicil­iani, then I’ll head directly to Bil­bao to start rehearsals for Les Vêpres Sicili­enne (IN FRENCH!! AM I CRAZY?!).  You can click on the high­lighted links to direct you to the the­atre web­sites for more information.

Thank you all for your con­tin­ued sup­port, good wishes, prayers and kind words.

Look for more updates as we con­tinue to roll along on this unbe­liev­able ride. I promise to do this more often!

All the best,

Greg