Constantine Kitsopoulos has established himself as a dynamic conductor known for his ability to work in many different genres and settings. He is 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 the Tokyo Philharmonic.
In addition to his engagements as a guest conductor, he is music director of the Festival of the Arts Boca in Florida and general director of the recently merged Chatham Opera and New York Grand Opera; he is working with the company to bring opera, free and open to the public, back to New York’s Central Park.
During 2021-2022, Kitsopoulos conducted return engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony and at Indiana University.
Highlights of previous seasons included return engagements with the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Louisiana Philharmonic. Kitsopoulos also conducted Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Indiana University Opera Theatre.
Kitsopoulos has developed semi-staged productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (for which he has written a new translation), Don Giovanni and Puccini’s La bohème. He has conducted IU Opera Theatre’s productions of Falstaff, Die Fledermaus, A View from the Bridge, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Most Happy Fella, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The Music Man and The Last Savage. In addition, he was assistant chorus master at New York City Opera from 1984 to 1989.
On Broadway, Kitsopoulos served as music director of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (cast album on PS Classics), A Catered Affair (cast album on PS Classics), Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La bohème (cast album on DreamWorks Records), Swan Lake and Les Misérables. He was the music director of ACT’s production of Weill/Brecht’s Happy End and made the only English-language recording of the piece thus far for Sh-K-Boom Records.
Kitsopoulos studied piano with Marienka Michna, Chandler Gregg, Edward Edson and Sophia Rosoff. He studied conducting with Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, Gustav Meier and Vincent La Selva.
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