Gregory Kunde’s Concert of Puccini arias

opera premiere
To close and crown both PucciniFest and the Puccini’s Italy season, there will be an aria concert by American tenor Gregory Kunde. One of the most skilled singers on the international opera scene, Kunde is a regular guest at major opera houses around the world and collaborates with leading conductors and orchestras. This will be his first visit to Hungary.
He has received several awards for his work so far, most recently being named Male Singer of the Year at the 2016 International Opera Awards. After enjoying outstanding success with French and bel canto roles in the early part of his career, he is today one one of the most sought-after singers of the dramatic repertoire, primarily in portraying the heroes of Verdi and Puccini. A taste of his wonderful arias can be gleaned from his first solo album: the insinuatingly titled Vincerò! was released in 2017.
Joining Kunde as guests will be the Opera’s soloists, who will sing the loveliest melodies written by Puccini’s contemporaries.


First part:

Puccini: Le Villi – The Spectre (La tregenda)
Ponchielli: La Gioconda – Laura’s aria from Act 2 (’’Stella del marinar’’) » Bernadett Fodor
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – Nedda’s aria (’’Qual fiamma… Stridono lassù’’) » Orsolya Sáfár
Puccini: Tosca – Cavaradossi’s aria from Act 1 (’’Recondita armonia’’) » Gregory Kunde
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – Intermezzo
Catalani: La Wally – Wally’s aria from Act 1 (’’Ebben? Ne andrò lontana”) » Polina Pasztircsák
Boito: Mefistofele – Margherita’s aria from Act 2 (’’L’altra notte in fondo al mare”) » Éva Bátori
Puccini: Manon Lescaut – des Grieux’s aria from Act 1 (’’Donna non vidi mai”) » Gregory Kunde
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur – Adriana’s aria from Act 1 (’’Io son l’umile ancella”) » Orsolya Sáfár
Puccini: Manon Lescaut – Manon Lescaut and des Grieux’s duet from Act 2 (’’Tu, tu, amore? Tu?”) » Gabriella Létay Kiss, Gregory Kunde

- Interval -

Second part

Puccini: Manon Lescaut – Intermezzo
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – Santuzza’s aria (’’Voi lo sapete, o mamma”) » Bernadett Fodor
Giordano: Andrea Chénier – Maddalena’s aria from Act 3 (’’La mamma morta”) » Szilvia Rálik
Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Love duet (’’Viene la sera”) »Eszter Sümegi, Gregory Kunde
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – Intermezzo
Charpentier: Louise – Louise’s aria from Act 3 (’’Depuis le jour”) » Polina Pasztircsák 
Puccini: Tosca – Cavaradossi’s aria from Act 3 (’’E lucevan le stelle”) » Gregory Kunde
Ponchielli: La Gioconda - Gioconda’s aria from Act 4 (’’Suicidio!”) » Eszter Sümegi
Puccini: Turandot – Calaf’s aria from Act 3 (’’Nessun dorma”) » Gregory Kunde

Staged by » Sylvie Gábor
Conductor » Péter Halász
Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.

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