Gregory Kunde sings Pollione in new production of Norma at Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liége
Gregory Kunde returns to Belgium this month to sing Pollione in a new production of Bellini Norma at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liége from 19 October 2017. Conducted by Massimo Zanetti and directed by Davide Garattini, the cast for this production also includes Patrizia Ciofi/Silvia Dalla Benetta as Norma, Josè Maria Lo Monaco as Adalgisa, and Andrea Concetti as Oroveso
Further highlights this season for Kunde include Jean de Leyden Le prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don Alvaro La forza del destino at the Semperoper Dresden, title role Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Radames Aida at the Teatro Real, Madrid and Renato Des Grieux Manon Lescaut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.
Norma runs until 4 November.
Gregory Kunde makes debut as Calaf in Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic
Gregory Kunde joins the Israel Philharmonic on 20 July 2017 for a series of concert performances of Puccini Turandot at the Charles Bronfman Cultural Center in Tel Aviv. Kunde makes his role debut as Calaf under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Kunde's highlights this season have included two returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: in the title role of Verdi Otello in a new production by Keith Warner and Manrico Il trovatore. Other highlights have included the title role Verdi Otello and Pollione 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.
Performances of Turandot run from 20 July until 30 July.
Gregory Kunde returns to Covent Garden as Verdi's Otello
Gregory Kunde returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 8 July 2017 to lead the cast of Verdi Otello in the title role. Kunde joins fellow IAM artists Kai Rüütel (Emilia) and Simon Shibambu (Montano) in Keith Warner's new production under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.
Now one of Kunde’s signature roles, the tenor has sung this previously to great critical acclaim in Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Venice and Peralada.
This role marks Kunde’s second return to the Royal Opera House this season, following his performance of Manrico in Verdi Il trovatore in David Bösch’s production conducted by Richard Farnes, for which he received critical acclaim:
“As Manrico... Gregory Kunde inspires admiration. The sustained line is excellent, the phrasing impeccable. The voice of the American tenor has expanded in breadth, enabling him to offer an impeccable "Ah! si, ben mio” with magnificent breath control. The following "Di quella pira" is electric, with two magnificent top Cs"
Forum Opera, January 2017
Future highlights for Kunde include his debut as Calaf Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Pollione Norma for Opéra Royal de Wallonie, title role Poliuto at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, and Radames Aida at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Otello runs from 8 July until 15 July.
Gregory Kunde releases new solo album with Universal Music Group
Recorded with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and Ramón Tebar, Gregory’s new solo album Vincerò is released in Spain on 19 May and includes arias by, amongst others, Verdi and Puccini.
This album celebrates Kunde’s remarkable career and the arias featured are from many of his now signature roles. It is available to purchase on iTunes, Google Play and El Corte Inglés.
Following this release, Kunde will shortly return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Keith Warner’s new production of Verdi Otello under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.
Future highlights also include Le Prophète at Deutsche Oper Berlin and La forza del destino at the Semperoper Dresden.
Gregory Kunde sings Andrea Chénier at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Gregory Kunde returns to Rome this month to sing the title role of Andrea Chénier at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma from 21 April 2017. Kunde performs alongside Maria José Siri, Roberto Frontali and Natascha Petrinsky under the baton of Roberto Abbado. Marco Bellocchio directs.
Upcoming highlights for Kunde include a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the title role of Verdi Otello in a new production by Keith Warner and conducted by Antonio Pappano, and Calaf Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Gregory Kunde returns to star in Il trovatore at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Gregory Kunde returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 26 January 2017 to reprise the role of Manrico in David Bösch's production of Il trovatore. Conducted by Richard Farnes, the cast also includes Maria Agresta, Lianna Haroutounian and Anita Rachvelishvili.
Further highlights for Kunde this season include another return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this time for the title role of Verdi Otello in a new production by Keith Warner, Renato Des Grieux Manon Lescaut at the Teatro Regio di Torino, and the title role of Andrea Chenier at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and in Bilbao. This season also sees Kunde debut the role of Calaf Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Gregory Kunde sings Arrigo in I vespri Siciliani at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
Gregory Kunde close a highly successful year with a return to Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia to perform Arrigo in Verdi I vespri Siciliani from 10 December 2016. Roberto Abbado directs and Davide Livermore conducts a cast including Anna Pirozzi and Juan Jesus Rodriguez.
Kunde last performed the role of Arrigo with the Wiener Staatsoper in 2012. His future plans include the title role in Andrea Chenier at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for the title role in Otello.
Gregory Kunde returns to Teatro Regio di Torino to perform the title role in Samson et Delila
Gregory Kunde returns to the Teatro Regio di Torino on 15 November 2016 to take on the title role in Saint-Saëns Samson et Delilah. Under the direction of Hugo de Ana, this production sees the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio Torino conducted by Pinchas Steinberg. The cast includes Daniela Barcellona as Delila and Claudio Sgura as the High Priest of Dagon.
Gregory Kunde recently received fantastic reviews for his title role in Verdi Otello at the Cincinnati May Festival.
‘Gregory Kunde, whose seething Otello will be remembered as one of the great portrayals on Music Hall’s stage. From Kunde’s first notes as the conquering hero, it was clear that this would be a formidable Otello"
Cincinnati.com, May 2016
Other highlights for Kunde this season include Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani and Manrico in Il trovatore at the Royal Opera House.
Gregory Kunde returns to the Teatro Real to sing Pollione in Norma
Gregory Kunde returns to the Teatro Real, Madrid, on 20 October 2016 to sing Pollione in a new production by Davide Livermore of Bellini Norma. Roberto Abbado conducts and the cast also includes Michele Pertusi, Maria Agresta and Karine Deshayes.
Kunde is a regular guest at the Teatro Real, singing the title role of Verdi Otello in September. His future highlights for the season include the title role in Saint-Saëns Samson et Delilah in Turin and Arrigo in Verdi I vespri siciliani in Valencia.
Gregory Kunde stars as Verdi's Otello in David Alden’s production at Teatro Real
Gregory Kunde returns to the Teatro Real in Madrid from 15 September 2016 to sing the title role in David Alden’s production of Verdi Otello, which received great critical acclaim when premiered at English National Opera in 2014:
“…a show bristling with fervour and the musico-dramatic intensity that once had people flocking to the Coliseum, and should do so again….David Alden’s staging is… compelling and cogent”
Times, September 2014
“… a ferocity to lift you out of your seat…this was ENO at its near-world-class best.”
Sunday Times, September 2014
Kunde has also been praised for his performances of Otello, a role he sings again at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden later this season:
“In this mythical role where power and heroism are the absolute pain caused by jealousy, Gregory Kunde is exceptional.”
Concert Classic, August 2015
"With unfailing musicality he sings (no sheltering in parlato) the role throughout; his command of technique, along with convincing acting skills, ensures an impressive portrait."
Opera, July 2015
Otello runs at the Teatro Real until 3 October.
Gregory Kunde makes his debut at the BBC Proms
Gregory Kunde makes his BBC Proms debut on 16 August performing Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Hallé Orchestra under the baton of Sir Mark Elder.
The performance will also feature mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four TV.
Next season highlights for Kunde include a return to the Teatro Real, to perform Pollione, in a new production of Bellini Norma directed by Davide Livermore, conducted by Roberto Abbado; and the title role in a new production of Verdi Otello, directed by David Alden and conducted by Renato Palumbo. Kunde will also return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to reprise the role of Manrico Il trovatore and, following that, will perform the title role in a new production of Verdi Otello under the baton of Antonio Pappano, directed by Keith Warner.
Gregory Kunde makes Royal Opera House debut as Manrico in Il trovatore
Gregory Kunde makes his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 4 July 2016 as Manrico in David Bösch's new production of Il trovatore. Performing under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, Kunde leads a cast that also includes Anna Pirozzi as Leonora and Christopher Maltman as Count di Luna.
Kunde, who was recently crowned Male Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards, sang Manrico earlier in the season at the Festival de Ópera de Coruña, a performance which was widely praised by the critics:
“The orchestra and singers gave a performance of the highest degree; Marianne Cornetti, Gregory Kunde and Dmitri Ulyanov all proved to possess an eminent level of vocal and dramatic quality”
La Opinión A Coruña
“The Manrico of Gregory Kunde was superb vocally and dramatically”
“The title character was sung by Gregory Kunde, who offered an excellent Manrico... He was excellent in the aria 'Ah, si ben mio,' and quite brilliant in the much-anticipated 'Pira'... it is a pleasure to listen to him singing. His bel canto sets a fine example for all the trumpeter tenors who are quite common in this opera.”
Seen and Heard International
Kunde returns to the Royal Opera House next season to reprise the role of Manrico and also to sing Verdi Otello. Later this season, Kunde makes his debut at the BBC Proms singing Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder.
Il trovatore runs at the Royal Opera House until 17 July.
Gregory Kunde takes the title role of Samson et Dalila at the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev
Gregory Kunde travels to St Petersburg this month to perform the role of Samson in Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg under the baton of Valery Gergiev on 25 May 2016. Yannis Kokkos directs a cast also starring Ekaterina Semenchuk in the role of Dalila in two performances on 25 and 2 June.
Following this, Kunde makes his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut as Manrico Il trovatore in July 2016, in David Bösch’s new production conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Later in the summer he also make his BBC Proms debut on 16 August, performing Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Hallé under the baton of Sir Mark Elder.
Gregory Kunde wins at the International Opera Awards
Gregory Kunde has won the Male Singer of the Year category at the International Opera Awards, announced at a ceremony at the Savoy Theatre in London on Sunday 15 May, 2016. After receiving the award, he also closed the evening with a performance of Nessun dorma.
This adds to an already remarkable season for Kunde, in which he has also been awarded ‘best male opera singer’ in Spain’s Campoamor Theatre Awards and ‘best tenor’ by Italy’s GB Opera Magazine, and which sees him shortly making his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Manrico Il trovatore in July 2016, which also returns in early 2017, in David Bösch’s new production conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Further highlights this season include Gregory’s BBC Proms debut on 16 August 2016, where he performs Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Hallé under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four TV, 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 at the Mariinsky Theatre, and Des Grieux Manon Lescaut in Bilbao. Kunde will also return to Covent Garden as Otello in summer 2017 in a new production Keith Warner, conducted by Antonio Pappano, sharing performances with Jonas Kaufmann.
Gregory Kunde performs Verdi's Otello at Cincinnati May Festival
Gregory Kunde travels to the United States this month to sing the title role in Verdi Otello in concert at the May Festival on 21 May 2016. Kunde performs alongside the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Conlon.
Kunde has given many critically acclaimed performances of this role and sings Otello again at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in summer 2017 in a new production by Keith Warner.
“In this mythical role where power and heroism are the absolute pain caused by jealousy, Gregory Kunde is exceptional.”
Concert Classic, August 2015
"With unfailing musicality he sings (no sheltering in parlato) the role throughout; his command of technique, along with convincing acting skills, ensures an impressive portrait."
Opera, July 2015
Following Cincinnati, Kunde makes his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Manrico Il Trovatore.
Gregory Kunde sings the title role of Idomeneo in Valencia
Gregory Kunde returns to Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia on 21 April 2016 to sing the title role in a new production of Mozart Idomeneo.
Conducted by Fabio Biondi and directed by Davide Livermore, the cast for this production also includes Carmen Romeu as Electra, Monica Bacelli as Idamante and Lina Mendes as Ilia. Further performances of Idomeneo take place on 24 and 28 April and 1 and 4 May.
Following Idomeneo, Kunde makes his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Manrico Il trovatore.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, announces its 2016/17 season
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, announced its 2016/17 season on 6 April 2016. The season sees Corinne Winters make her house debut, while Capalbo and Gregory Kunde all take title roles in new productions:
Alexander Lewis sings the title role of Shostakovich’s The Nose and Susan Bickley sings Old Lady, in a new production by Barrie Kosky conducted by Ingo Metzmacher opening on 20 October 2016.
Leonardo Capalbo sings the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Sofia Fomina singing Olympia, conducted by Evelino Pidò. Les Contes d’Hoffmann opens on 7 November.
Christopher Purves reprises the role of Protector in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin opening on 13 January 2017.
Gregory Kunde sings the title role in Verdi’s Otello in June 2017 alongside Kai Rüütel as Emilia. Keith Warner directs this new production.
Intermusica artists nominated for Olivier & International Opera Awards
Intermusica artists have been nominated for awards at the Olivier Awards and the International Opera Awards, recognising exceptional achievement in opera over the last year. Dame Felicity Palmer has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, while Mark Wigglesworth and his work at English National Opera have been nominated at both the Oliviers and the International Opera Awards. Danielle de Niese, Gregory Kunde, Brett Dean and Simon Halsey have all been recognized at the International Opera Awards.
Mark Wigglesworth has been shortlisted for an International Opera Award in the Conductor category. This nomination comes during Mark Wigglesworth’s first season as Music Director at English National Opera, during which time his conducting has been hailed by the critics as “masterly" (Daily Telegraph) and “sublime” (Times). English National Opera has also been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Opera at the Olivier Awards for its productions of The Force of Destiny and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which were conducted by Wigglesworth.
Palmer has been nominated for her performance as the Countess in Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades at English National Opera, which was greeted with universal critical acclaim:
“The outstanding performance of the evening… comes from Felicity Palmer, whose portrayal of the older Countess is an extraordinary tour de force of compelling stage presence”
“Felicity Palmer is peerless as a Countess whose battleaxe demeanour crumbles to reveal the heartbreakingly lonely girl still inside.”
"[Palmer's] spellbinding Gréty aria in the bedroom scene is the best-sung I've heard, little short of miraculous..."
“The American director starred (only that word will do) Felicity Palmer as the countess… in remarkable vocal shape and proved spellbinding in her delivery of the Grétry aria – another time-stopping moment.”
Danielle de Niese, who premiered Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago which is on the shortlist for Best New Work, is nominated for the Readers’ Award at the International Opera Awards, the only vote open to the public – cast your vote here.
Gregory Kunde is nominated for Best Male Singer – after title roles this season in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, he will make his Royal Opera House debut in July this year as Manrico Il trovatore.
ABC’s recording of Brett Dean’s opera Bliss has been nominated for Complete Opera CD. Dean’s work was premiered at Sydney Opera House in 2010, and was well-received by the critics:
“The work holds the attention to the end, sustained by Dean's wonderful score. To his well-known skills as an orchestral composer, Dean has added an under-utilised empathy for the voice. The sung lines drive the musical and dramatic pace, underscored by beautifully detailed instrumental textures, wrought with an innate feeling for the expressive power of instrumental timbre, watched over by counterpoint and fine motivic workmanship.”
Sydney Morning Herald
The Barbican’s production of Jonathan Dove The Monster in the Maze, which featured a chorus directed by Simon Halsey, has also been nominated in the category of Accessibility.
Gregory Kunde returns to Valencia for Samson et Dalila
Gregory Kunde returns to Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia this January, taking take the title role in Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila from 12 January 2016. Based on the Biblical tale, the opera was set to a French libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire, but premiered using a German translation in 1877 at the Grand Ducal Theater in Weimar.
Hailed for his elegant and accomplished bel canto singing, Kunde’s engagements this season also 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 role of Idomeneo in Valencia; Des Grieux Manon Lescaut in Bilbao; and Enée Les Troyens in Hamburg.
Further performances of Samson et Dalila are on 14, 17, 20 and 23 January.
Gregory Kunde reprises the title role of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in Bilbao
Following his recent debut in the title role of Donizetti’s tragic opera Roberto Devereux at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Gregory Kunde joins the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera to reprise the role on 21 November 2015. Under the musical direction of Josep Caballé-Domenech and the staging of Mario Pontiggia, Kunde sings opposite Italian dramatic soprano Anna Pirozzi as she makes her debut in Bilbao.
Acclaimed for his impeccable style and dramatic command of the most demanding Italian and French operatic roles, Kunde’s 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).
Further performances take place on 24, 27 and 30 November.
Gregory Kunde sings the title role of Verdi’s Otello in Seville
Gregory Kunde once again performs the title role of Verdi’s Otello from 31 October 2015, this time at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville. Kunde has been lauded for his interpretation of this role, with Opera magazine writing of his recent performance in Turin:
“For me the principle pleasure of the performance was my first experience of the ‘new’ dramatic tenor Gregory Kunde... his voice now sounds huge, equal to everything Verdi throws at his anti-hero, and his musicianship brought plenty of pathos to Otello’s love music and the remorse of the final scene.”
Perhaps even more notable is Kunde’s almost unique ability to perform this role alongside the title role in Rossini’s setting of Otello – a rare achievement for which he was awarded Forum Opéra’s 'Arabella de platine' prize in 2014. This season he repeats this feat, performing the Rossini in Barcelona and the Verdi in both Cincinnati and Seville.
Otello is conducted by Pedro Halffter and directed by the internationally renowned Henning Brockhaus, and runs until 9 November.
Gregory Kunde makes role debut in the title role of Roberto Devereux at Teatro Real, Madrid
Gregory Kunde returns to the Teatro Real, Madrid on 22 September 2015 to make his role debut as Roberto Devereux in Donizetti’s eponymous tragic opera.
Kunde is regarded as one of the most accomplished and elegant interpreters of Italian bel canto roles, earning praise in particular for his performances of both Verdi’s and Rossini’s settings of Otello. This season, Kunde will once again perform both versions of Otello in the same season, performing the Rossini in Barcelona and the Verdi in both Seville and Cincinnati. He also makes his house debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Manrico Il trovatore.
Roberto Devereux runs until 8 October and is conducted by Bruno Campanella and directed by Alessandro Talevi.
Gregory Kunde returns to Arena di Verona for Radames Aida
Gregory Kunde returns to the famous Arena di Verona on 11 August 2015 to reprise the role of Radames in Verdi’s Aida, a role he sang for the first time in Brazil in 2013 to critical acclaim:
“Kunde’s Radames developed to a beautiful, thrilling climax”
Kunde's Radames concludes a successful season, which has included performances of Verdi’s Otello in São Paulo, Peralada and Seville; Rossini’s Otello (La Scala); Pollione Norma (Liceu and La Fenice); and role debuts as Rodolfo Luisa Miller (Liège), Manrico Il trovatore (La Fenice), Roberto Devereux (Teatro Real Madrid), and Turriddu Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio Pagliacci (Bilbao).
Kunde performs in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Aida on 11, 15 and 19 August, conducted by Andrea Battistoni.
Gregory Kunde returns to La Scala, Milan for the title role of Rossini’s Otello
Gregory Kunde returns to La Scala, Milan, on 4 July 2015, where he reprises the title role of Rossini’s Otello. Kunde last performed at La Scala in April 2014, when his Enée in Berlioz’s Les Troyens was acclaimed by critics:
“Gregory Kunde, who has turned sixty but seems physically and vocally to be twenty years younger, boasts a solid instrument which is absolutely marvellous. A tenor that seems to renew itself with time, becoming the perfect prototype for the contemporary style of nineteenth century grand opera... nothing short of historic."
Giornale Dei Lavoratori
By performing Rossini’s Otello at La Scala, Kunde achieves the extremely rare feat of performing both Verdi’s and Rossini’s settings of Otello in the same season, following his performance of Verdi Otello in Sao Paulo in March. In recognition of this achievement, last year French opera magazine Forum Opéra awarded Kunde its 'Arabella de platine' award, citing his ability to “reconcile the bel canto style with romantic heroism, without conceding a single note and with a renewed energy every time”.
Rossini’s Otello opens at La Scala on 4 July, conducted by Muhai Tang and directed by Jürgen Flimm. The cast also includes Olga Peretyatko as Desdemona and Juan Diego Flórez in the role of Rodrigo.
Gregory Kunde reprises the role of Pollione in Norma at La Fenice
Gregory Kunde reprises the role of Pollione in a new production of Bellini’s Norma at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, opening on 20 May 2015. The production, set and costumes are designed and directed by visual artist Kara Walker, who has been commissioned as part of the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
Norma runs from 20 May until 06 June and is conducted by Gaetano d’Espinosa.
Gregory Kunde reprises title role of Verdi’s Otello at Teatro Municipal de São Paulo
Gregory Kunde returns to São Paulo this month to sing the title role of Verdi’s Otello at the Teatro Municipal on 14 March. The title role of this work is fast becoming one of Kunde’s signature roles, with critics describing his interpretation of it as:
“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.”
Opera Traveller, June 2013
Otello opens in Sao Paulo on 14 March and runs until 27 March, conducted by John Neschling.
Gregory Kunde awarded Forum Opéra’s 2014 'Arabella de platine' prize
French opera magazine Forum Opéra has awarded Gregory Kunde its 'Arabella de platine' award for 2014. One of three 'grands prix' given out annually, the ‘Arabella de platine’ prize is awarded by the magazine's editor to one distinguished performer, in recognition of that individual’s contribution to opera that year.
Gregory Kunde, who performed the title roles of both Verdi’s and Rossini’s Otello in 2014, was selected in recognition of this rare feat, with the magazine citing his ability to “reconcile the bel canto style with romantic heroism, without conceding a single note and with a renewed energy every time”. They also note that Kunde added three other new Verdi roles to his repertoire in 2014, namely Manrico Il trovatore, Rodolfo Luisa Miller and Don Alvaro La forza del destino.
Kunde still has both versions of Otello in his repertoire: this year he will perform the title role of Verdi’s setting in March in Sao Paulo, followed by the title role of the Rossini in July at La Scala.
Gregory Kunde: profile
Tenor Gregory Kunde has had an extraordinary 2013/14 season, with title roles in numerous major European venues. Starting the season with an “exceptional” performance in his role debut as Peter Grimes at Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano, Kunde then returned to the Teatro La Fenice in Venice to sing the part of Vasco de Gama in a new production of Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, before joining Pappano again for Berlioz’s Les Troyens at La Scala, Milan.
Other highlights this season have included several Verdi oeuvres, notably his role debut as Don Alvaro La forza del destino at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, and Manrico Il trovatore at Teatro la Fenice in August. Most recently, he opened Teatro Regio’s season in Turin, performing both Verdi’s Requiem and the title role of Otello, which is fast becoming one of his signature roles, with Opera Britannia writing in January 2014:
“His timbre [is] expressive of the most profoundly complex emotional response… His is an Otello capable of more than self-obsession: something noble and valuable is at stake. The tender majesty of his death scene, monolithic at first and touchingly intimate at 'E tu, come sei pallida' was heartbreaking and unforgettable.”
Kunde is regarded as one of the most elegant and accomplished tenors on the operatic stage today. In particular, his mastering of both the Rossini and Verdi settings of Otello is an outstanding rarity amongst tenors. 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.
Kunde will sing a host of major roles over the next year, including the title role of Verdi's Otello (Sao Paolo, March 2015 and Turin, October 2014) and Rossini's Otello (La Scala Milan, July 2015), as well as Rodolfo Luisa Miller (Liege, November 2014), Cavaradossi Tosca (Genoa, December 2014), Riccardo Un ballo in maschera (Bologna, January 2015), Pollione Norma (Venice, May 2015), and Canio I Pagliacci (Bilbao, April 2015).
Gregory Kunde returns to La Scala for Berlioz Les Troyens
On 8 April, Gregory Kunde sings the role of Enée in Berlioz Les Troyens in his return to La Scala. This new production by David McVicar runs until 30 April, and is a co-production between La Scala, the Royal Opera House, San Francisco Opera and the Wiener Staatsoper. The performances at La Scala are conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Kunde is enjoying a busy season with highlights including a critically acclaimed role debut as Peter Grimes in Santa Cecilia with Pappano and Vasco da Gama L'Africaine at La Fenice. Future engagements include another major role at La Scala and his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Intermusica singers lead Peter Grimes cast at Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano
Gregory Kunde makes his debut in the title role of Britten’s Peter Grimes for three concert performances with the Orchestra and Choir of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. The performances are at Rome’s Sala Santa Cecilia in the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the city’s state-of-the-art music complex, on 26, 28 and 30 October.
In a departure from the Italian repertoire in which he is particularly renowned, Kunde leads a cast that includes five Intermusica singers, as part of the celebrations for the Britten centenary. Kunde’s debut as Grimes is one of several major Italian engagements this season, which include Enee Les Troyens at La Scala, Milan, and Vasco da Gama L'Africaine at La Fenice, Venice.
Dame Felicity Palmer returns to one of her signatures roles as Mrs Sedley; a role she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera New York with Donald Runnicles, at English National Opera in the acclaimed production by David Alden and most recently at the BBC Proms in August 2012, conducted by Edward Gardner. Dame Felicity’s superb characterisation of this role led the Guardian to describe her performance as, “the most terrifying Mrs Sedley imaginable.” Following this performance, Dame Felicity sings Mrs Sedley in the revival of Alden’s production that returns to the Coliseum in January 2014.
Matthew Best once again performs the role of Swallow, a role he has sung to great acclaim in recent years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opera Oviedo and ENO, He joins Dame Felicity in ENO’s revival of Alden’s production of Grimes in January. Prior to that, December sees his house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as the Grand Inquisitor in Verdi’s Don Carlos.
Michael Colvin sings the role of Bob Boles, following on from recent performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
The concert will be Susan Bickley's debut with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia as well as a role debut, as she sings the part of Auntie for the first time. Her other highlights this season have included: a universally acclaimed Virgie, in the US premiere of Turnage’s Anna Nicole; the role of Storge for a recording of Handel’s Jephtha with The Sixteen under Harry Christophers, which will also be performed in concert at the Barbican; Eduige Rodelinda in a new production by Richard Jones for ENO; and the world premiere of a new piece by Julian Anderson, also for ENO.
Gregory Kunde receives critical acclaim as he steps in to sing title role of Otello in Valencia
Tenor Gregory Kunde has received fantastic reviews after stepping in to sing the title role of Verdi’s Otello this month at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia. The production, which has three performances remaining on 5, 11 & 16 June, is conducted by Zubin Mehta and includes Italian soprano Maria Agresta, singing Desdemona and Malaga-born baritone Carlos Alvarez singing Iago.
El Mundo praised Kunde’s performances, commenting:
“The biggest triumph of the evening was American tenor Gregory Kunde, whose portrayal of Otello was vocally powerful yet beautiful and nuanced with near-perfect phrasing, in a role which is very demanding both vocally and dramatically.
His Otello was brave and in love, yet tormented by doubt and distrust, unable to discern between Desdemona's fidelity, and the disloyalty of Iago, his ensign.”
El Mundo, June 2013
Kunde was recently awarded the 2013 Premio Abbiati Award for ‘Best Singer’ for his performances of Verdi, including his recent Otello at La Fenice, Venice.
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Gregory Kunde wins a Premio Abbiati Award and an Oscar della Lirica (International Opera Award)
Gregory Kunde has won the award for 'Best Tenor' at this year's International Opera Awards held at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, as well as a highly prized Premio Abbiati Award for ‘Best Singer’ 2013. Kunde saw off competition from fellow nominees Francesco Meli and Jonas Kauffmann for the former, which was judged by a panel of experts and opera critics alongside votes from national and international organisations working within the world of opera.
Kunde was awarded the Premio Abbiati Award – a prestigious honour for vocalists and instrumentalists who work in Italy – for his interpretations of Rossini. His performance in the title role of Otello at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and in Un ballo in maschera at the Teatro Regio in Turin were cited as particularly noteworthy.