The New York Times highlights Kunde's success at the Met, who will be singing the next performances of Samson et Dalila

2019-03-15
The New York Times highlights Kunde's success at the Met, who will be singing the next performances of Samson et Dalila

Gregory Kunde, who sang the main role in Samson et Dalila a couple of days ago at the Metropolitan in New York replacing Alexsandrs Antonenko, will sing the next three performances, on March 16th, 19th and 23rd. Kunde's latest performance, which was widely applauded by the public, has not gone unnoticed among the specialized media.

Thus, The New York Times said:

- “[…] Mr. Kunde had a beautiful success as Samson, singing with clear, strong, focused tone and acting with moving reserve. In cleaner, more robust voice than many tenors a generation younger (even on their healthy days), he rose by the end to genuine nobility, passionate without strain. His love scene with Ms. Rachvelishvili was quietly combustible, an achievement considering they had no opportunity to rehearse together.”  Zachary Woolfe (New York Times)

Also, the digital magazine New York Classical Review said about the American tenor:

- “Gregory Kunde came in to replace Antonenko and gave a heroic performance in finishing the opera. At an astonishing sixty-five years old, Kunde still shows impressive body and caramel color in his voice, and boasts focus and weight at his top, even on the opera’s closing B-flat. He gave a touching reading of the Act III monologue, “Vois ma misère,” bringing a weariness into his characterization without losing any vocal power.” Eric C. Simpson (New York Classical Review)