Constantine Kitsopoulos

Music Director, Festival of the Arts BOCA

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 with opera, symphonic repertoire, film with live orchestra, music theatre, 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 Maestro Kitsopoulos’ engagements as guest conductor, he is Music Director of the Festival of the Arts Boca and General Director of Chatham Opera.  He is General Director of the 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 Maestro Kitsopoulos will conduct return engagements with the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Toronto Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Indiana University.

Highlights of the 2018-19 season included return engagements with the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Louisiana Philharmonic.  Kitsopoulos also conducted Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Indiana University Opera Theatre.  Debuts included engagements with the Seattle Symphony, and Phoenix Symphony.

Maestro Kitsopoulos’ has developed semi-staged productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, for which he has written a new translation, Don Giovanni, and 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.  He was Assistant Chorus Master at New York City Opera from 1984-1989.

On Broadway Maestro 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 Puccini’s 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 made the only English language recording of the piece for Sh-K-Boom Records.

Maestro 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.

Last updated September 2019.  Please destroy any previously dated materials.

No amendments shall be made to the above information without prior consent from the artist’s management office. 

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Reviews

“Constantine Kitsopoulos shapes the score with elastic and fleet assurance, and…is alert to the music’s kaleidoscopic textures.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, this ‘Happy End’ is a respectful effort that will, with any luck, introduce a new generation to a lyricist-composer team that represent one of the more marvelously challenging musical theater sensibilities ever to emerge.”

Los Angeles Times

More Reviews

“Constantine Kitsopoulos shapes the score with elastic and fleet assurance, and…is alert to the music’s kaleidoscopic textures.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, this ‘Happy End’ is a respectful effort that will, with any luck, introduce a new generation to a lyricist-composer team that represent one of the more marvelously challenging musical theater sensibilities ever to emerge.”

Los Angeles Times

“Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos effectively drew out the charm, atmosphere and ingenuity of the score, from the perfect songs by Harold Arlen to the music by Herbert Stothart and others that fills in the rest of the picture.”

The Baltimore Sun

“The star of this lively version of Puccini’s opera, at least to a classical music lover, is the conductor, Constantine Kitsopoulos. The American maestro… seems to be channeling Arturo Toscanini a good portion of the time… he has picked up on the Italian conductor’s energy, not always audible in big opera houses.”

The Oakland Tribune

“Kitsopoulos’ consistently “untempo” musical direction is the result of thought and preparation.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

“It was a strings-only ensemble which performed to perfectly timed entrances and exits under the skillful hands of Constantine Kitsopoulos. Not a miscue anywhere.”

The Examiner

“Kitsopoulos emphasized the practical and produced a clean and tidy sound. He opened the Manfred Overture by taming it: organizing its chaotic nature with a solid rhythmic foundation. The syncopations and metric twists were anchored by his clear and sharp beat patterns. Kitsopoulos had no problem moving the orchestra through tempo adjustments, and he effortlessly negotiated the work over the dangerous terrain in which it ends; in a disintegration of sound. Kitsopoulos worked well with the soloists… His musicality was always apparent.”

The Hartford Courant