Constantine Kitsopoulos has established himself as a dynamic conductor known for his ability to work in different genres and settings. He is at home in opera, symphonic repertoire, film with live orchestra, music theater, and composition. He has appeared all over the world, conducting the major North American orchestras as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras. In addition to guest conductor engagements, 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.
During the 2019–20 season Mr. Kitsopoulos will return to the Dallas, Detroit, New Jersey, Toronto, San Antonio, Santa Barbara, and Hartford symphony orchestras, as well as the Phoenix and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Indiana University.
His 2018–19 season highlights included returns to the Dallas, Detroit, New Jersey, Toronto, San Francisco and Houston symphony orchestras and to the New York and Louisiana Philharmonic orchestras. He also conducted Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Indiana University Opera Theatre. Debuts included engagements with the Seattle and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras.
Mr. Kitsopoulos has developed semi-staged productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (for which he has written a new translation) and Don Giovanni, as well as 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 & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, and Menotti’s The Last Savage, as well as Broadway’s The Most Happy Fella, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The Music Man. He was assistant chorus master at New York City Opera from 1984 to 1989.
On Broadway, Mr. Kitsopoulos has been music director of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (cast album on PS Classics), A Catered Affair (cast album on PS Classics), Coram Boy, Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Bohème (cast album on DreamWorks Records), Swan Lake, and 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 for Sh-K-Boom Records.
In addition to his piano studies, Constantine Kitsopoulos studied conducting with Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Commissiona, Gustav Meier, and his principal teacher, Vincent La Selva.
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