Gregory Kunde

born February 24, 1954
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Kunde has sung in the greatest opera houses of the world! When I heard him last at the Opéra-Comique in La dame blanche, he had almost no voice for the role but paraded like a satisfied peacock on the proscenium. After that when Kunde sang La damnation de Faust, he seemed to have a huge voice. This indicates heavy miking. Kunde even sang Arnold on stage, with boos in Italy. Actually, Kunde's voice grew not only much bigger over time, but finally even big. Which doesn't imply that his singing got better... I heard him in L'Africaine in Venice (surprisingly successful), and in La donna del lago in Vienna (Theater an der Wien), which was the ultimate nightmare.

He was born in Kankakee, Illinois. Kunde attended the Illinois State University to become a choral conductor. At the end of his fourth year of college, he decided at the last moment to audition for the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Young Artists Program and was accepted. Kunde began performing in 1978 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Center for American Artists.

Kunde made his European debut as Nadir in Les pêcheurs des Perles in Nice. Kunde has appeared regularly in the world's most notable opera venues, including, in Paris, Opéra Comique and Opéra Bastille (miked house), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Colón, Rome, Madrid, Toulouse, Munich, Vienna, Rossini Festival Pesaro, Athens, Montreal, Zürich, Tokyo, Verona, Teatro alla Scala, Grand Théâtre du Genève, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and many others.

His repertory includes: Arnold!; Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Lindoro; Énée!; Julien!; Des Grieux (Manon); Nadir; Ernesto; Elvino; Fernando; Idreno; Don Ottavio; Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola; Rinaldo in Armida; Pirro in Ermione; Benvenuto Cellini; Ricciardo in Ricciardo e Zoraide; Roderigo in La donna del lago; Gluck's Armide; La Straniera in the world premiere version written for Rubini; Maria Stuarda; A life for the Tzar; Anna Bolena; Monteverdi's Orfeo; Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea; and Arturo.

Gregory Kunde singsGuillaume Tell: Amis, amis, secondez ma vengeance

Gregory Kunde singsOtello: Esultate

Gregory Kunde singsLa fille du régiment: Ah mes amis
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