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Biography

Conductor

Constantine Kitsopoulos is equally at home as a conductor of opera, symphonic repertory, film with live orchestra, music theater, and as a composer. He has conducted the major orchestras of North America, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. He was recently appointed General Director of New York Grand Opera, and is Music Director of the Festival of the Arts Boca and General Director of Chatham Opera.

Mr. Kitsopoulos’s 2018-19 season highlights included his debut with the Chicago Symphony and return engagements with the Dallas, Detroit, New Jersey, Houston, Toronto, and San Antonio symphonies. He also conducted Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Indiana University Opera Theater.

Mr. Kitsopoulos’s commitment to opera has led him to develop semi-staged productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, for which he has written a new translation, Don Giovanni, and La Bohème. He has made numerous appearances as guest conductor with Indiana University Opera Theater, including 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 served as music director and principal conductor of Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème on Broadway and was assistant chorus master at New York City Opera from 1984 to 1989.

On Broadway, Mr. Kitsopoulos has been music director of Cinderella, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Catered Affair, Coram Boy, Swan Lake, and Les Misérables. He was music director of American Conservatory Theater’s production of Weill/Brecht’s Happy End, which he also recorded for Sh-K-Boom Records. He is music director and supervisor of Temple, with book and lyrics by Silvia Peto, music by Norman Durkee, and with additional music, arrangements, and orchestrations by Mr. Kitsopoulos. 

Mr. Kitsopoulos studied piano with Marienka Michna, Chandler Gregg, Edward Edson, and Sophia Rosoff, and conducting with Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Commissiona, Gustav Meier, and his principal teacher, Vincent La Selva. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2007 and returned most recently last November to lead John Williams’s score to Jurassic Park.

(July 2019)