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Constantine Kitsopoulos

Conductor

Biography

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 worldwide, conducting the major orchestras of North America, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic.

During the 2023–24 season Kitsopoulos returns to the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pacific, New Jersey, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco symphonies. Highlights of previous seasons include appearances with the Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix, New Jersey, San Francisco, Houston, Toronto, and Vancouver symphony orchestras, as well as conducting Leonard Bernstein’s MASS and Candide 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) 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, 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 returns in 2023–24 for Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

On Broadway, Kitsopoulos has been music director of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (cast album on PS Classics), Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino’s A Catered Affair (cast album on PS Classics), Adrian Sutton’s music to Coram Boy, Baz Luhrmann’s production of 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 conducted the only English-language recording of the piece for Sh-K-Boom Records.

In addition to his appearances as guest conductor, Constantine Kitsopoulos served as music director of the Festival of the Arts Boca, from 2010 until 2023; general director of Chatham Opera, between 2005 and 2015; and assistant chorus master at New York City Opera, from 1984 to 1989. He studied piano with Marienka Michna, Chandler Gregg, Edward Edson, and Sophia Rosoff, and conducting with Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Commissiona, Gustav Meier, and principal teacher Vincent La Selva.

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