Constantine Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, where he conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and musical theater, where he can be found leading orchestras on Broadway.
Kitsopoulos is in his third season as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and continues as general director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. This season Kitsopoulos also makes debuts with the New York Pops, Colorado Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Elgin Symphony and Westchester Philharmonic.
In the 2007-2008 season, Mr. Kitsopoulos returned to the Baltimore, Detroit, Hartford and Milwaukee symphonies in addition to making his debuts with the San Francisco, Mobile, Princeton and Virginia symphonies. Orchestral highlights of previous seasons include conducting appearances with the Annapolis Symphony, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Lubbock Symphony, Madison Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and a complete performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kitsopoulos 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 (orchestra spelled backwards), 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 2006-2007 season, Kitsopoulos conducted DiCapo Opera Theatre’s production of The Merry Widow and the Chatham Opera’s debut production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Previous season’s operatic highlights include the DiCapo Opera Theatre’s production of Gounod’s Faust and all three versions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Hong Kong Municipal Opera production of Bizet’s Carmen in both Hong Kong and Beijing, and Gluck’s Orefeo ed Euridice at Alice Tully Hall. Kitsopoulos also served as music director of the world premiere of Ed Dixon’s Fanny Hill at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, where he created the productions orchestrations as well.
In addition to his orchestral and classical commitments, Kitsopoulos is much in demand as a theatre conductor, both on Broadway and nationwide. This past season, Kitsopoulos was conductor and music director for the Tony nominated musical A Catered Affair. In 2007, he conducted the Tony nominated Coram Boy and the American Conservatory Theatre production of Kurt Weill’s Happy End, for which he recorded the cast album at Skywalker Ranch. Other musical theatre 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 s Music Director of Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula and Les Misérables and conducting Matthew Bourne’s Broadway production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
Constantine Kitsopoulos studied conducting with Vincent LeSelva, 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 Kurt Weill’s Happy End was released in 2007 by Ghostlight Records. The cast album of A Catered Affair was released in 2008 by PS Classics.