Constantine Kitsopoulos

Music Director, Festival of the Arts BOCA

Biography

Constantine Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera, symphony, musical theatre, and film with live orchestra. He regularly conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and has served as music director/conductor for musical theatre productions on Broadway.

The 2017–18 season marks Kitsopoulos’ ninth as music director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA where he has worked with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, the Russian National Orchestra, and many others. He was artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival from 2013–15, and spent eight years as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Kitsopoulos founded Chatham Opera in 2005 and has recently become General Director of the New York Grand Opera. With those two companies he is developing a series of semi-staged opera productions to be presented in the summer of 2019.

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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

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“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

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