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Biography

Conductor


 

CONSTANTINE KITSOPOULOS is equally at home with opera, symphonic repertoire, film with live orchestra, music theater, and composition. He has conducted the major orchestras of North America, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. In addition to his engagements as guest conductor, Mr. Kitsopoulos is Music Director of the Festival of the Arts Boca, General Director of Chatham Opera, and General Director of the New York Grand Opera. During the 2021–22 season he conducts return engagements with the San Francisco Symphony (where he made his debut in 2007), New Jersey Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and Indiana University.
 
Mr. Kitsopoulos has developed semi-staged productions of The Magic Flute, for which he has written a new translation, Don Giovanni, and La Bohème. He has conducted numerous productions with Indiana University Opera Theatre, and he was Assistant Chorus Master at New York City Opera from 1984 to 1989. On Broadway, Mr. 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 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.
 
Mr. 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.