Constantine Kitsopoulos is equally at home with opera, symphonic repertoire, film with live orchestra, musical theater, and composition. He has conducted the major orchestras of North America as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic.
In addition to Mr. Kitsopoulos’s engagements as a guest conductor, he is music director of the Festival of the Arts Boca, general director of Chatham Opera, and general director of New York Grand Opera, working with the company to bring opera — free and open to the public — back to Central Park.
Highlights of the 2018–19 season include his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut and return engagements with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, and San Antonio Symphony, as well as the New York Philharmonic. He also conducts Bernstein’s MASS at Indiana University Opera Theater.
Mr. 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 Indiana University Opera Theater’s productions of Verdi’s Falstaff, Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, Rodgers & 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 to 1989.
On Broadway he has been music director of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (including the cast album on PS Classics), Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino’s A Catered Affair (cast album on PS Classics), Coram Boy, Baz Luhrmann’s Production of Puccini’s ‘La bohème’ on Broadway (cast album on DreamWorks Records), Matthew Bourne’s production of 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 he made the only English language recording of the piece (Sh-K-Boom Records).
Mr. Kitsopoulos is music director / supervisor of the new musical Alamo, with music and lyrics by Metropolitan Opera baritone Timothy Noble. As a composer, he is currently working with librettist Evangelia Kingsley on Holy Week, the chamber opera about three generations of Greek women.
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.