Constantine Kitsopoulos has established himself as a dynamic conductor known for his ability to work in many different genres and settings. Equally at home in opera, symphonic repertoire, film with live orchestra, music theater, and composition, his work has taken him all over the world, where he has conducted the major orchestras of North America, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Tokyo Philharmonic. In addition to Kitsopoulos’s engagements as guest conductor, he is music director of the Festival of the Arts Boca and general director of Chatham Opera. He is general director of New York Grand Opera and is working with the company to bring opera, free and open to the public, back to New York’s Central Park.
In 2022–23 Kitsopoulos makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and conducts return engagements with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, Vancouver, New Jersey, and San Francisco symphony orchestras. Previous season highlights include returns to the Dallas, Detroit, New Jersey, Phoenix, and Toronto symphony orchestras, the San Francisco, San Antonio, Houston symphonies, and the New York Philharmonic and Louisiana Philharmonic. Kitsopoulos also conducted Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Indiana University Opera Theater.
Constantine Kitsopoulos has developed semi-staged productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (for which he has written a new translation) and Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s La bohème. He has conducted IU Opera Theatre’s productions of Verdi’s Falstaff, J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and Oklahoma, Willson’s The Music Man, and Menotti’s The Last Savage. He was assistant chorus master at New York City Opera from 1984–89. On Broadway Kitsopoulos has been music director of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (cast album on PS Classics), John Bucchino’s A Catered Affair (cast album on PS Classics), Adrian Sutton’s Coram Boy, Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème (cast album on DreamWorks Records), Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables. He was music director of ACT’s production of Weill / Brecht’s Happy End and made the only English language recording of the piece for Sh-K-Boom Records.
Constantine Kitsopoulos studied piano with Marienka Michna, Chandler Gregg, Edward Edson, and Sophia Rosoff. He studied conducting with Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Commissiona, Gustav Meier, and his principal teacher, Vincent La Selva.