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Gregory Kunde


  • Regarded as one of the most accomplished singers on the international opera stage today, the American tenor Gregory Kunde appears regularly at the most prestigious opera houses around the world, working with conductors and orchestras of the highest calibre. Kunde’s achievements have been recognised with a number of awards, most recently with ‘Male Singer of the Year’ at the 2016 International Opera Awards.

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  • Highlights in the 2016/17 season include a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for two roles; the title role Verdi Otello in a new production by Keith Warner, and a return to the role of Manrico Il trovatore. Further highlights this season include the title role Verdi Otello and Polline Norma at the Teatro Real, Samson Samson et Dalila and Renato Des Grieux Manon Lescaut at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Arrigo I vespri siciliani at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, and the title role Andrea Chenier at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and in Bilbao. This season will also see Kunde debut the role of Calaf Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

    Kunde’s recent highlights include his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Manrico Il trovatore, Samson Samson et Dalila at the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev, the title role Roberto Devereux at the Teatro Real and in Bilbao, Renato des Grieux Manon Lescaut in Bilbao, the title role Idomeneo at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, Rossini’s Otello at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Rossini’s Otello and Enée Les Troyens at the Teatro alla Scala, Radames Aida at the Arena de Verona, Rodolfo Luisa Miller in Liège and Rodrigo La donna del lago at the Theater an der Wien. On the concert platform, recent highlights include Verdi Requiem in Bilbao, the title role Verdi Otello at the Cincinnati May Festival, title role Peter Grimes with Sir Antonio Pappano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Faust La damnation de Faust in concert at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Charles Dutoit.

    Acclaimed throughout his earlier career for his performances in French and Italian bel canto roles, Kunde has now established himself as a leading exponent of many of the Verdi roles and other such dramatic repertoire. Since his critically acclaimed debut as Verdi 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. Since moving into this repertoire, Kunde earned the unique distinction of being the only tenor in recorded history to perform both Rossini Otello and Verdi Otello in the same season (2014/15 and 2015/16).

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

    September 2016 / 466 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Opera repertoire

Pollione Norma

Cellini Benvenuto Cellini
Title role La damnation de Faust
Enée Les Troyens

Don José Carmen

Captain Vere Billy Budd
Aschenbach Death in Venice
Title role Peter Grimes 

Title role Poliuto
Title role Roberto Devereux

Alceste Admète 

Title role Faust

La Juíve Eléazar

Des Grieux Manon
Title role Werther

Raoul Les Huguenots
Title role Robert le diable

Title role La clemenza di Tito
Title role Idomeneo

Cavaradossi Tosca
Des Grieux Manon Lescaut
Calaf Turandot
Dick Johnson La fanciulla del West
Pinkerton Madama Butterfly

Rodrigo La donna del lago
Leicester Elizabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra
Pirro Ermione
Arnold Guillaume Tell
Title role Otello
Argirio Tancredi
Antenore Zelmira

Title role Samson et Delila

Radames Aida
Riccardo/Gustav V Un ballo in Maschera
Title role Don Carlos (Fr, It)
Don Alvaro La forza del Destino
Rodolfo Luisa Miller
Manrico Il Trovatore
Arrigo I vespiri Siciliani
Henrí Les vêpres Siciliennes
Title role Otello 

Gregory Kunde as Otello was a big surprise. His transition from Rossinian to Verdian tenor is complete…I found his untiring, clear tenor and his noble impersonation entirely successful.


Kunde…is a unique singer, since he also has Verdi’s Otello in his repertoire… Since his last appearance in Amsterdam… Kunde’s voice has become more dramatic, almost a heldentenor. It turns out that Rossini suits him just as well as Verdi. He contrasted fantastically with his rival Rodrigo.

Opera Magazine (Netherlands)

Nothing short of a triumph… How wonderful it is to hear an Otello with glorious bronze tone, who doesn’t bark, who gives exquisite pianissimi in the love duet and who also has the volume for a thrilling ‘esultate’. What’s more, his singing was thoroughly Italianate – the style, the language, the use of words – it was impeccable. Simply outstanding.

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