Gregory Kunde, flawless as Otello at the Palau de les Arts

2013-06-05
Gregory Kunde, flawless as Otello at the Palau de les Arts

Gregory Kunde’s premiere in the production of Otello at the Palau de les Arts on June 1st has been triumphant. At his introduction at the Valencian theatre, the North-American tenor achieved a great success, applauded by the public and the critics on an amazing evening.

 

 

With a bright and powerful performance, Gregory Kunde has become the big winner of the evening. Alongside him, María Agresta as Desdémona, Carlos Álvarez as Yago, Marcelo Puente as Cassio and Cristina Faus as Emilia, all of them under the baton of Zubin Mehta and with the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana and the choir of the Generalitat.

 

"Gregory Kunde has made a miracle, reinventing himself as a verdian tenor for the heroic roles and he has aced an Otello along the same line as Jon Vickers, a model nowadays: indeed he will be singing the same role again in Venecia and Madrid. His Esultate! left the spectators stuck to their seats and, from that moment, his performance grew in intensity and variety of accents"

César Wonenburger (La Voz de Galicia)

 

"I sincerely believe that there’s no better Otello these days: vocal strength, profoundness and stage adaptation. Powerful on the 'Esultate!', controlled in the love duet, brave in the second act –terrific the duet with Yago-, hurt in the third and with impeccable courage until the final 'Ni un mi tema'. Quite a show"

Gonzalo Alonso (La Razón)

 

"Kunde gave a course with a voice of great musicality, unstoppable on the high register, with a solid centre, impeccable phrasing and great dramatic resources"

César López Rosell (El Periódico  de Catalunya)

 

"The big winner of the evening was the North-American tenor Gregory Kunde, who performed an Otello of beautiful and powerful voice, with a phrasing close to perfection, in a very demanding role in the vocal and with a constant presence on stage. [...] He was a brave and in love Otello, but tortured by his doubts and suspicions, unable to distinguish between Desdemona’s fidelity and Yago’s disloyalty"

EFE (eldiario.es)

 

"The audience was very loving with the leading trio of this production too, especially with the North-American Gregory Kunde, a convincing and tortured Otello who received the bravos of the fans, some of them standing up"

EP (Levante)

 

"Gregory Kunde was an important Otello who, despite having hardened himself in the belcantist repertoire, was rising to a greater extent at the same time that the score was more demanding for a metal tenor with verdian attack.“

Rosa Solá (El País - Comunidad Valenciana)