Gregory Kunde press reviews
Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde' with Houston Symphony Orchestra + Hans Graf, November 2009
"Highlighting the evening were tenor Gregory Kunde and mezzo-soprano Jane Henshel. Mr. Kunde brought a beautifully rich tone and soaring range to the piece that fit like a glove. His musical dexterity was most apparent in the fifth movement, The Drunkard of Spring. It was in this moment that we got to truly experience his talent and versatility. I'm sure Mahler had such a voice in mind while composing this masterwork." examiner.com, November 2009
Faust with Philadelphia Orchestra + Simon Rattle, May 2009
"Of the soloists the great discovery was tenor Gregory Kunde, who sang Faust resplendently. His voice has the purity necessary for French vocal music, and his falsetto was as rich and assured as normal range. He is also a singer of great emotional power."
New York Daily News - The Cultural Tourist, 2 May 2009
"Wednesday's Kimmel Center performance - thanks to a fine Faust in Gregory Kunde and marvelous Mephistopheles in Thomas Quasthoff - was close to optimum...In the title role, Kunde luckily replaced the canceled Giuseppe Sabbatini, a lyric/spinto tenor able to muscle his way into the music's high vocal extension. Kunde began as a Rossini specialist used to that kind of stratosphere...thanks also to his intelligent language projection...Wednesday's performance was the best of my many encounters with him.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 May 2009
"Gregory Kunde...By the third part, he was as smooth as possible."
ConcertoNet.com, 2 May 2009
Tancredi - Seville Teatro de la Maestranza, February 2009
Seville - Tancredi
"When writing about the Teatro Real’s Tancredi and referring to Argirio, I said that the aria in the second part which is normally cut could only be justified if the cast included an exceptional tenor. We had one here in Seville with Gregory Kunde giving one of his best performances, second only to his Otello in Pesaro two years ago."
Seen and Heard international Opera Review, February 2009
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / RSNO - Faust
"Kunde, big-voiced and fastidious, strongly conveyed Faust's weariness of spirit and his fatal lack of moral discrimination”
The Guardian, 28 April 2008
"As Berlioz’s musing, intellectual, nature-enraptured and passionately deceitful Faust, Kunde gave a masterclass in the French style: ...his vocal delivery matches words with notes in a near-complete unity, caressing his tender phrases and making hair-raising ascents to the stratosphere that only a native French tenor with his technical and stylish accomplishments could hope to improve on.
He seemed entirely at one with Noseda’s temperamental account of this great, monstrous roller-coaster of a score: the Italian conductor is a Gergiev disciple, but thankfully he displays none of the Russian maestro’s coarseness in French music. His BBC Phil Will-o’-the-wisps minuetted as lightly and as elegantly as their Rakoczy Marchers swaggered, and the gathering momentum he generated in the Ride to the Abyss was exhilarating, climaxing in a thunderous Pandemonium, courtesy of the men’s voices of the Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony and Youth Choruses. I’ve not heard the Bridgewater Hall’s acoustic contain the voices of multitudes quite so compellingly before."
The Times, 3 May 2009
"conductor Stephane Deneve...aided by a superb trio of singers led by tenor Gregory Kunde, who took the relentless, high writing of the role of Faust and made it sound ardent rather than strained, and more idiomatically French than most”
The Guardian 10 December 2008
"a thrilling cast of soloists - Gregory Kunde as the woefully abandoned Faust"
The Scotsman, 8 December 2008
"Gregory Kunde in the title role...devastatingly intense"
The Glasgow Herald, 8 December 2008
"...the genuine sense of troubled brooding that came through in Kunde's singing"
The Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2008