Triumph of Gregory Kunde singing a selection of the Verdi and Puccini arias included in his upcoming CD for Universal Music

2016-10-18
Triumph of Gregory Kunde singing a selection of the Verdi and Puccini arias included in his upcoming CD for Universal Music

On October 6th, Gregory Kunde gave a concert with the Sinfónica de Navarra and the Orfeón Pamplonés in the Auditorio Baluarte of Pamplona. This is the very place where the American tenor recorded, last August, a CD for the record label Universal, featuring great arias by Verdi and Puccini. Some of these arias could be heard at the concert, which was conducted by Maestro Ramón Tebar. Critics have lauded the performance of Gregory Kunde in the following terms:

-  "The American tenor has shown that he is in fine form and he sang with verve throughout the evening. Particularly outstanding was the Dio mi potevi scagliar passage from Verdi's Otello, where he shined in a special way, just as he did a few days ago on the stage of the Teatro Real". José M. Irurzun (Opera World).

-  “If the audience ended the recital with a standing ovation, applauding madly, it was because all of the performers gave an excellent representation of opera. (…) [The singer] especially in the second half, from that fullness of sound in the high notes and with devotion and a generous heart, moved and touched all present with his Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) and his final Otello (…)”. Teo Baldos (Noticias de Navarra)

-  “Finishing a recital with the audience on its feet, thrilled, after a collosal Nessun dorma. This would surely be the dream of any self-respecting tenor. Gregory Kunde – who was featured on our July cover – did it last Thursday in the Auditorio Baluarte in Pamplona, after showing us everything he's got in terms of repertoire and his current instrument, which has been wrought with a high dose of tenacity, a proven dedication in technique and a few drops of miracle. (…) But the American tenor can rest easy: he has earned himself a place in opera history. And not just for being the only tenor in history to sing, in the same season, both Otellos, the one by Verdi and also the one by Rossini. Kunde is much more than an outstanding tenor: his biography stands out as a lesson in humanity. He is also an unequivocal example of the American dream; a self-made man, one who has worked hard for everything he has achieved. (…) the concert was deserving of applause from start to finish and the aforementioned standing ovation after the Nessun dorma offered at the end was nothing but confirmation. Alejandro Martínez (Platea Magazine)

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.