Royal Opera House returns to Japan with Otello starring Gregory Kunde

2019-06-12
Royal Opera House returns to Japan with Otello starring Gregory Kunde

Since 2015 Royal Opera House in London had not taken a production to Japan. Next September will be touring the cities of Yokohama and Tokyo with two productions: "Faust" and "Otello". This latter one, one of the most outstanding examples of Verdi's commitment to Shakespeare, will feature Gregory Kunde in the title role. It will be presented with the spectacular production by Keith Warner and under the music direction of Antonio Pappano, conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus. Along with the American tenor will appear on stage Hrachuhi Bassenz as Desdemona and Gerald Finley in the role of Iago. Otello will be presented at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama on September 14th and 16th and at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan on September 21st and 23rd.

Gregory Kunde has recently performed in Manon Lescaut at the Dallas Opera and in an Opera di Roma production that toured Japan,in a concert of Verdi and Rossini works at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the soprano María José Siri, Turandot and Aida at the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, a concert with Elina Garanca and Anna Pirozzi at Klassik in den Alpen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia as musical director at La Fenice in Venice, Turandot at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Andrea Chénier at the Wiener Staatsoper and Otello at the Baluarte of Pamplona, the Opéra National de Paris and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Das Lied von der Erde at the Palau de la Música of Valencia and Samson et Dalila at the Metropolitan Opera of New York. 

Some of his upcoming engagements include Turandot at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, Aida and Il trovatore at the Wiener Staatsoper, Verdi's Requiem with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Le prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Otello in the ROH in London and Don Carlo at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie.