Gregory Kunde sings in Manon Lescaut at the Ópera de Bilbao

Gregory Kunde sings in Manon Lescaut at the Ópera de Bilbao

One of Giacomo Puccini’s most popular works, Manon Lescaut comes to the capital of Vizcaya this weekend thanks to the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera. This production was created by the British stage director Stephen Medcalf for the Teatro Regio di Parma. Performances take place between February 20th and February 29th. The musical director is Maestro Pedro Halffter, who will be conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and the Coro de la Ópera de Bilbao.

Gregory Kunde is currently one of the world’s most highly sought-after tenors. He was recently honoured at the 2015 Campoamor Theatre Opera Awards, the Oscars of Spanish opera, where he received the “Best Male Opera Singer” award for the second time in three years, having also won it in the 2013 edition.

In recent months he has sung Otello, by Rossini, at La Scala in Milan, as well as Aida at the Verona Arena, Norma at the Liceu, La Fenice and the Munich Opera, and Il Trovatore at La Fenice and in A Coruña. He also performed the role of Roberto Devereux in Bilbao and in Madrid, opening Teatro Real’s current season. And in January of this year he added the role of Samson to his repertoire, performing in the Samson et Dalila put on at Les Arts de Valencia.

Kunde is one of the few tenors capable of singing the title role of both Otello operas, the one by Verdi and the one by Rossini.  Recently he sang Verdi’s Otello in the Teatro Maestranza of Seville and Rossini’s Otello in the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona.

Soon we will have the chance to see Gregory Kunde in Idomeneo at Les Arts de Valencia, in Les Troyens at the Hamburg Opera, in Otello at the Cincinnati Opera, with James Conlon, and in Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House of London, with Maestro Noseda.

This production of Manon Lescaut boasts an excellent cast of international figures and Kunde will thus be sharing the stage with the soprano Ainhoa Arteta, in the role of Manon, and with the baritone Manuel Lanza, who gives life to Lescaut, Manon’s brother.