Regarded as one of the most accomplished singers on the international opera stage today, the American tenor Gregory Kunde appears regularly at the most prestigious opera houses around the world, working with conductors and orchestras of the highest calibre.
Highlights of the 2023/24 season include his much-anticipated stage debut in the title role of Britten Peter Grimes at the Hamburg State Opera, Calaf in Puccini Turandot at the Opéra national de Paris and the Staatsoper Hamburg, Eléazar in Halévy La Juive for the Teatro Regio di Torino and the title role in Verdi Otello at the Semperoper Dresden, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Municipale di Piacenza and Teatro Comunale di Modena.
Greatly renowned for his interpretation of the title role in Verdi Otello, Kunde has performed this role to critical acclaim at the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra national de Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Other recent highlights include his role debut as Florestan in Beethoven Fidelio at the Opéra Nice Côte d'Azur, Don Alvaro in Verdi La forza del destino for the Verdi Festival, Teatro Regio di Parma and the Semperoper Dresden, Canio in Leoncavallo Pagliacci for the Teatro Regio di Parma, the title role in Giordano Andrea Chènier for Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Radames in Verdi Aida and Cavaradossi in Puccini Tosca for the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Manrico in Verdi Il trovatore for LA Opera, Calaf in Turandot for the Staatsoper Hamburg, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro Real, Madrid, Énée in Berlioz Les Troyens for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Jean de Leyden in Meyerbeer Le prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the title role in Verdi Don Carlos for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Samson in Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role in Andrea Chénier and Radames in Aida at the Wiener Staatsoper, Radames in Aida at the Teatro Real, Madrid, and a return to the podium to conduct Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro La Fenice.
On the concert platform, recent highlights include the title role in Verdi Ernani for the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Renato des Grieux in Puccini Manon Lescaut for Dallas Opera, Verdi Requiem and Calaf in Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde at the BBC Proms, Verdi Requiem in Bilbao and with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, the title role in Otello at the Cincinnati May Festival, the title role in Peter Grimes with Sir Antonio Pappano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Faust in Berlioz La damnation de Faust at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Charles Dutoit.
Acclaimed throughout his earlier career for his performances in French and Italian bel canto roles, Kunde has now established himself as a leading exponent of many of the Verdi roles and other such dramatic repertoire. Since his critically acclaimed debut as Verdi Otello at La Fenice in 2012, he has performed this signature role in globally. Since moving into this repertoire, Kunde earned the unique distinction of being the only tenor in recorded history to perform both Rossini Otello and Verdi Otello in the same season (2014/15 and 2015/16).
Kunde’s discography includes his solo album Vincerò! (Universal Music Group), and his achievements have been recognised with a number of awards, most recently with ‘Male Singer of the Year’ at the 2016 International Opera Awards.
Title role La damnation de Faust
Enée Les Troyens
Captain Vere Billy Budd
Title role Peter Grimes
Title role Andrea Chénier
Title role Faust
La Juíve Eléazar
Des Grieux Manon Lescaut
Dick Johnson La fanciulla del West
Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
Title role Samson et Delila
Riccardo/Gustavo Un ballo in Maschera
Title role Don Carlos (Fr)
Don Alvaro La forza del Destino
Rodolfo Luisa Miller
Manrico Il Trovatore
Title role Otello
L’Ape musicale, May 2023
It is easy and inevitable to say that Kunde… is a vocal phenomenon; far more important, however, to underline that he is an artist and a musician
Financial Times, May 2022
Gregory Kunde, as Enée, really rises above all... His big final aria stirs the audience to spontaneous shouts of approbation, and his performance in the glorious love duet is one of this evening’s few moments of actual beauty.
Opera Online, May 2019
The American tenor Gregory Kunde never ceases to amaze and dazzle us