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 ‘Male Singer of the Year’ at the 2016 International Opera Awards.

Highlights in the 2018/19 season include the title role Andrea Chénier and Radames (Aida) at the Wiener Staatsoper, a return to the Teatro Real, Madrid for Calaf (Turandot), Renato des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) for Rome Opera on tour in Japan and in concert at the Dallas Opera, the title role Otello for Opéra de Monte-Carlo and a return to the podium to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro La Fenice.

Kunde’s recent highlights include Jean de Leyden (Le Prophète) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don Alvaro  (La forza del destino) at the Semperoper Dresden, Pollione (Norma) for the Opéra Royal de Wallonie and in Bilbao, title role Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Radames (Aida) at the Teatro Real, Madrid, and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the title role Verdi  Otello and Manrico (Il trovatore). On the concert platform, recent highlights include Calaf  (Turandot) with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Das Lied von der Erde at the BBC Proms, 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 his solo album Vincerò! (Universal Music Group), Verdi’s Trovatore at Royal Opera House London (Opus Arte DVD), 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).

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