Gregory Kunde offers a concert with a selection of great Verdi and Puccini arias that will be included in his forthcoming CD

2016-10-04

This October 6th Gregory Kunde, who received the award for Best Male Singer at the International Opera Awards 2016, will give a concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and the Orfeón Pamplonés, at Pamplona's Auditorio Baluarte. In the same place, last August, the American tenor recorded an album for Universal that brings together the great arias by the composers Verdi and Puccini, some of which will be performed at this concert. Ramón Tebar will be conducting. Maestro Tebar is currently the principal director of the Florida Grand Opera, as well as principal guest director at the Palau de Les Arts of Valencia and artistic director of Palm Beach Symphony and Opera Naples.
In addition to being honoured by London's International Opera Awards, earlier this year Kunde won the award for Best Male Opera Singer of 2015 at the Campoamor Theatre Opera Awards. In the words of Ramón Tebar, which appear on the concert's printed programme, “Gregory Kunde is a rare example of innate faculties for this art, understanding, musicality and expressivity, and also of a technical skill that has consolidated over the years to reach, right now, a maturity that few singers can ever boast. Kunde is a singer but, above all else, he is a musician, and this broadens the spectrum of emotions that he conveys in every concert, opera performance or record”.
Gregory Kunde performs regularly in the opera seasons of the world's best theatres. Acclaimed throughout his career for his interpretation of French and Italian bel canto roles, in recent years he has also won great prestige in the Verdian repertoire and other dramatic roles. Among his most memorable performances in recent seasons are Otello at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, with John Eliot Gardiner, Il Trovatore at the ROH Covent Garden, with Gianandrea Noseda, Roberto Devereux at Madrid's Teatro Real, Otello and La forza del destino at the Palau de les Arts of Valencia, with Zubin Mehta, Samson et Dalila at the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, with Valery Gergiev, and also at Les Arts of Valencia, L'africaine and Norma at La Fenice, Aida at the Fondazione Arena di Verona, Les Troyens at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, with Antonio Pappano and Peter Grimes, and at Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, once again with Antonio Pappano, Idomeneo at the Palau de les Arts, Verdi's Requiem at the ABAO-Bilbao, Norma in Savonlinna, Das lied von der Erde at the BBC Proms and Otello, in the 2016-17 season opener of Madrid's Teatro Real.
His performances this season will include Norma at the Teatro Real, Samson et Dalila at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Il Trovatore again at the ROH, I Vespri Siciliani at the Palau de les Arts, a concert at the Liceu with Juan Jesús Rodríguez and Manuel Coves, Manon Lescaut at the Teatro Regio di Torino and at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Andrea Chénier at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and at the ABAO-Palacio Euskalduna, Verdi's Otello at the ROH Covent Garden, in a new production by Keith Warner, and also his debut in the role of Calaf in Turandot, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.