Gregory Kunde is regarded as one of the most elegant and accomplished bel canto singers on the opera stage today. He has appeared regularly at the world’s greatest venues, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Sydney Opera House and elsewhere. He has earned widespread acclaim for his performances of the most notable tenor rôles, including Arnold (Guillaume Tell), Julien (Louise), Des Grieux (Manon), the title rôles in Gounod’s Faust and Roméo et Juliette, and Rossini’s Otello. He has collaborated with many outstanding conductors including Riccardo Muti, Michel Plasson, Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Colin Davis. His discography includes Bellini’s Bianca e Fernando, Rossini’s Semiramide, La donna del lago, Ermione, Zelmira, and Armida, Thomas’s Hamlet, Delibes’s Lakmé, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, and a Gramophone magazine award-winning DVD of the same composer’s Les Troyens at the Châtelet.
October 25th, 2013
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!!
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.
January 26th, 2013
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!!
November 16th, 2012
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!!!
September 16th, 2012
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
November 15th, 2011
Finally…I have been able to update my schedule on the website. A couple of new things for next year, but a lot of things for future years. Hope to see you somewhere, sometime!
November 15th, 2011
Just a quick update. We will open Semiramide on Friday evening here in Naples..surprise!! We have a wonderful Semiramide, Laura Aikin who brings a great dramatic command to the part. Silvia Tro Santafe as Arsace and Simone Alberghini as Assur round out an excellent cast led by Gabriele Ferro in the pit. Luca Ronconi’s new production will be a fitting opening night treat. This will mark my return to Idreno, the part that got me started as a true Rossini singer in Pesaro in 1992. It’s been about 6 years since I’ve sung this role and I am every excited to sing it again, especially here at the San Carlo in front of such a great public. Opening night will be broadcast on RAI Radio3 on Friday evening beginning at 19:00 CET (1:00 pm EST).
Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/popup/player_radio.html?v=3
November 8th, 2011
Just finishing here with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome tonight with our last concert of Matteo D’Amico’s Veni, veni Mephostophilis and Liszt’s A Faust Symphony. The D’Amico piece was great fun. It’s a wonderfully dramatic and very singable piece. The Liszt was not much to do, but it was a great pleasure to do it with such a great orchestra, choir and of course, Antonio Pappano whom I’ve known since our days at Lyric Opera of Chicago in the 8o’s but never got a chance to work with as a conductor. He’s fantastic!
Back to Naples tomorrow to re-start rehearsals for Semiramide, now with Laura Akin as Semiramide. We open on the 18th and I will sing just that one and the next on the 20th. Then home for Thanksgiving. Whew! Watch for some fun video postings and schedule updates in the next few days. Ciao…
October 2nd, 2011
OK, day 3 with orchestra and it’s really starting to gel. They’ve been great to work with and very patient as well with the new kid. We had the soloists there for the first part of the rehearsal today and it was a LOT of fun. We accomplished everything we needed to accomplish. We’ve read it through twice but the real work begins tomorrow with the entire company.
I am soooooo looking forward to it!
More to come.….
September 30th, 2011
Sooooo, today was the day I’ve thought about for a long time. First day in the pit with the orchestra. And can I tell you…IT WAS A BLAST!!! Thanks to all the wonderful musicians who were so kind and helpful on this first day. I think it actually went veeeeeery well…and, we’ve only just begun. Tomorrow, 5 more hours, Saturday the same and Sunday we add the chorus and soloists on the stage. Dress on Wednesday evening. CAN’T WAIT!!!! Video will appear soon, so do keep a lookout.