Gregory Kunde to sing the title role in Otello, the production that will open the new season at Madrid's Teatro Real

2016-09-13
Gregory Kunde to sing the title role in Otello, the production that will open the new season at Madrid's Teatro Real

From September 15th to October 3rd, the Teatro Real of Madrid will be staging a new production of Verdi's Otello, an opera in four acts with libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's Othello. The staging, which is a co-production with the English National Opera and the Kungliga Operan of Stockholm, inaugurates the new season. Gregory Kunde will give life to the main character, Otello, a Moorish general at the service of the Venetian Republic, who is consumed by jealousy. The musical direction of this Otello has been entrusted to Renato Palumbo, who will be conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and the choruses Intermezzo and Pequeños Cantores, both of Madrid. Stage direction is in the hands of the American David Alden. Accompanying Kunde on stage will be the tenor George Patean, as Iago, Alexey Dolgov, as Cassio, and Ermonela Jaho, as Desdemona.

Gregory Kunde has been distinguished this year with the award for best male opera singer at London's International Opera Awards 2016 and also at the Campoamor Theatre Opera Awards, in Oviedo.
Gregory Kunde performs regularly in the opera seasons of the world's best theatres. His most outstanding performances in recent years include Otello at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, with John Eliot Gardiner, Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Gianandrea Noseda, Roberto Devereux in 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 Saint Petersburg, with Valery Gergiev, L'africaine and Norma at La Fenice, Aida at the Fondazione Arena di Verona, Les Troyens at the Teatro alla Scala, with Antonio Pappano and Peter Grimes and also in Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, also with Antonio Pappano.  In addition, he recently took part in the BBC Proms of London, singing Das Lied von der Erde, by Gustav Mahler, with Sir Mark Elder conducting.

After interpreting the title role in Otello at the Teatro Real, he will perform again in the theatre's next production, Norma, in which he will sing the role of Pollione. He will also be singing Samson in Samson et Dalila at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Manrico in Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani at the Palau de les Arts, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at the Teatro Regio di Torino and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and also the title roles in Andrea Chénier at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and the ABAO-Palacio Euskalduna and in Otello at the ROH Covent Garden.