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Constantine Kitsopoulos

  • Conductor

Biography

Last season, Constantine Kitsopoulos made debuts with the Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic and The New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.Highlights of previous seasons include appearances with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Santa Barbara, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Blossom Festival Orchestra, New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and a complete performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra

Mr. Kitsopoulos has also continued to show his ability and interest in performing new works and conducting a wide variety of genres.In 2005 he conducted the Red Bull Artsehcro, an orchestra consisting of students from the top conservatories and university music programs in the country, in a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring a program of world premieres by Raul Yanez and Laura Karpman.

In the 2008-2009 season, Mr. Kitsopoulos conducted the Indiana University Opera Theater’s production of The Most Happy Fella. Previous seasons’ operatic highlights include the Dicapo Opera Theatre’s productions of The Merry Widow, Gounod’s Faust and all three versions of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the Chatham Opera's debut production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Hong Kong Municipal Opera production of Carmen in both Hong Kong and Beijing, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Kitsopoulos also served as Music Director and created the orchestrations for the world premiere production of Ed Dixon’s Fanny Hill at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.

In addition to his orchestral and classical commitments, Mr. Kitsopoulos is much in demand as a theatre conductor, both on Broadway and nationwide.In 2008, Mr. Kitsopoulos was Conductor and Musical Director of the Tony-nominated musical A Catered Affair.In 2007, he conducted the Tony-nominated musical Coram Boy and the American Conservatory Theatre's production of Kurt Weill's Happy End, for which he recorded the cast album at Skywalker Ranch. Other musical theater highlights include serving as Music Director and Principal Conductor of Baz Luhrmann’s highly acclaimed production of Puccini’s La Bohème, conducting the new musical Mambo Kings in San Francisco in 2005, serving as Music Director of Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula and Les Misérables in 2001-2002 and conducting Matthew Bourne’s Broadway production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.His upcoming project will be to serve as Musical Director and Musical Supervisor of a performance run and DVD recording of The Molly Maguires at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in Scranton, PA.

Constantine Kitsopoulos studied conducting with Vincent La Selva, as well as Gustav Meier, Sergiu Commissiona, and Semyon Bychkov. He studied piano with Marienka Michna, Chandler Gregg, Ed Edson, and Sophia Rosoff.

His first recording – Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Bohème – was released by Dreamworks in 2002.His recording of Happy End, the only English language recording of the work, was released in 2007 by Ghostlight. The original Broadway cast album of A Catered Affair was released in 2008 by P.S. Classics.