Stephen Costello

Introduction

As the Associated Press observes, Stephen Costello is “a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact.” The Philadelphia-born tenor quickly established a reputation as a “first-class talent” (Opera News) after coming to national attention in 2007, when, aged 26, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut on the company’s season-opening night. Two years later Costello won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, and has since appeared at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals, including the Metropolitan Opera New York; Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Vienna State Opera; Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and the Salzburg Festival. 

Costello’s 2015/16 season includes Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Lord Percy Anna Bolena for The Metropolitan Opera, The Duke Rigoletto for Teatro Real Madrid, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon at Dallas Opera, Edgardo in a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore at the Vienna State Opera, and his Santa Fe Opera début in the title role of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Stephen will also sing Alfredo La Traviata at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, return to Dallas Opera as Lensky Eugene Onegin and Greenhorn Moby Dick, and to the Metropolitan Opera as Duca Rigoletto and title role Roméo et Juliette. He will make his Paris Opera début in 2017 as Camille The Merry Widow.

This is for information only. Please contact Camilla Wehmeyer for an up-to-date biography.

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Repertoire

Operatic Repertoire

BELLINI - I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Tebaldo
BELLINI - La sonnambula, Elvino
BIZET - Les Percheurs de Perles, Nadir
DELIBES - Lakme, Gerald
DONIZETTI - Anna Bolena, Percy
DONIZETTI - Don Pasquale, Ernesto
DONIZETTI - L'elisir d'amore, Nemorino
DONIZETTI - La fille du Regiment, Tonio
DONIZETTI - Lucia di Lammermoor, Edgardo
DONIZETTI - Maria Stuarda, Leicester
DONIZETTI - Roberto Devereux, Roberto
GOUNOD - Faust, Faust
GOUNOD - Romeo et Juliette, Romeo
MASCAGNI - L'Amico Fritz, Fritz
MASSENET - Manon, Des Grieux
PUCCINI - Gianni Schicchi, Rinuccio
PUCCINI - La Boheme, Rodolfo
ROSSINI - Guillaume Tell, Fisherman
STRAUSS - Der Rosenkavalier, Italian Tenor
VERDI - Falstaff, Fenton
VERDI - La Traviata, Alfredo
VERDI - Otello, Cassio
VERDI - Rigoletto, Duke

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  • VERDI 'La donna è mobile' from Rigoletto

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Santa Fe Opera, SANTA FE

BERLIOZ 'Roméo et Juliette'

CONDUCTOR: HARRY BICKET
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN LAWLESS

ROMEO: STEPHEN COSTELLO
JULIETTE: AILYN PEREZ
Stéphano: Emily Fons
Mercutio: Elliot Madore
Frère Laurent: Raymond Aceto
Gertrude: Denyce Graves

Santa Fe Opera, SANTA FE

BERLIOZ 'Roméo et Juliette'

CONDUCTOR: HARRY BICKET
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN LAWLESS

ROMEO: STEPHEN COSTELLO
JULIETTE: AILYN PEREZ
Stéphano: Emily Fons
Mercutio: Elliot Madore
Frère Laurent: Raymond Aceto
Gertrude: Denyce Graves

Santa Fe Opera, SANTA FE

BERLIOZ 'Roméo et Juliette'

CONDUCTOR: HARRY BICKET
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN LAWLESS

ROMEO: STEPHEN COSTELLO
JULIETTE: AILYN PEREZ
Stéphano: Emily Fons
Mercutio: Elliot Madore
Frère Laurent: Raymond Aceto
Gertrude: Denyce Graves

Santa Fe Opera, SANTA FE

BERLIOZ 'Roméo et Juliette'

CONDUCTOR: HARRY BICKET
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN LAWLESS

ROMEO: STEPHEN COSTELLO
JULIETTE: AILYN PEREZ
Stéphano: Emily Fons
Mercutio: Elliot Madore
Frère Laurent: Raymond Aceto
Gertrude: Denyce Graves

Santa Fe Opera, SANTA FE

BERLIOZ 'Roméo et Juliette'

CONDUCTOR: HARRY BICKET
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN LAWLESS

ROMEO: STEPHEN COSTELLO
JULIETTE: AILYN PEREZ
Stéphano: Emily Fons
Mercutio: Elliot Madore
Frère Laurent: Raymond Aceto
Gertrude: Denyce Graves

Santa Fe Opera, SANTA FE

BERLIOZ 'Roméo et Juliette'

CONDUCTOR: HARRY BICKET
DIRECTOR: STEPHEN LAWLESS

ROMEO: STEPHEN COSTELLO
JULIETTE: AILYN PEREZ
Stéphano: Emily Fons
Mercutio: Elliot Madore
Frère Laurent: Raymond Aceto
Gertrude: Denyce Graves

Bayerische Staatsoper, MUNICH

VERDI: 'La traviata'

Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Günter Krämer

Violetta Valéry: Aurelia Florian
Flora Bervoix: Rachael Wilson
Annina: Heike Grötzinger
Alfredo Germont: Stephen Costello
Giorgio Germont: Ambrogio Maestri
Gaston: Galeano Salas
Baron Douphol: Christian Rieger
Marquis d’Obigny: Andrea Borghini
Doktor Grenvil: Kristof Klorek
Giuseppe: Joshua Owen Mills
Ein Biener Floras: Johannes Kammler
Ein Gärtner: Igor Tsarkov

Bayerische Staatsoper, MUNICH

VERDI: 'La traviata'

Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Günter Krämer

Violetta Valéry: Aurelia Florian
Flora Bervoix: Rachael Wilson
Annina: Heike Grötzinger
Alfredo Germont: Stephen Costello
Giorgio Germont: Ambrogio Maestri
Gaston: Galeano Salas
Baron Douphol: Christian Rieger
Marquis d’Obigny: Andrea Borghini
Doktor Grenvil: Kristof Klorek
Giuseppe: Joshua Owen Mills
Ein Biener Floras: Johannes Kammler
Ein Gärtner: Igor Tsarkov

Bayerische Staatsoper, MUNICH

VERDI: 'La traviata'

Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Günter Krämer

Violetta Valéry: Aurelia Florian
Flora Bervoix: Rachael Wilson
Annina: Heike Grötzinger
Alfredo Germont: Stephen Costello
Giorgio Germont: Ambrogio Maestri
Gaston: Galeano Salas
Baron Douphol: Christian Rieger
Marquis d’Obigny: Andrea Borghini
Doktor Grenvil: Kristof Klorek
Giuseppe: Joshua Owen Mills
Ein Biener Floras: Johannes Kammler
Ein Gärtner: Igor Tsarkov

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Press

Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)

Royal Opera House

“Stephen Costello sang a mellifluous Edgardo … the tone is lovely. He and Ruciński led a full-blooded account of the great Sextet”  Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 12 May ‘16

Puccini

Manon (des Grieux)

Winspear Opera House, Dallas Opera

"Stephen Costello is well known locally and has impressed before.. He was wonderful in the Dallas Opera’s world premiere of Moby-Dick... Vocally, he is in his prime and sounds even better than he did recently at the Houston Grand Opera as the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto."
Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, North Texas Performing Arts News, 6 March 2016
"Tenor Stephen Costello gave a stellar performance as Chevalier des Grieux, a character whose life is destroyed by his love for Manon. Besides a brief moment in which Costello swallowed a word or two, his smooth voice and clear tones depicted perfectly the character's moral decline and his descent into dishonor because he was unable to refuse Manon’s every request. His painful expression when forced to gamble was touching and the aria "En fermant les jeux" will make you fall in love with him." Monica Hinman, Dallas Observer, 6 March 2016

Verdi

Rigoletto (Duke of Mantua)

The Metropolitan Opera, New York

"The cast in this year's production adds to Mayer's concept, especially tenor Stephen Costello as the Duke. Costello is a fine Verdian tenor, with an ideal range and a rounded, colorful sound ... Costello also used touches of rubato to give his phrases the conversational quality, essential to Verdi singing ... Costello sang the character, who must be attractive and repellent at the same time, beautifully." George Grella, New York Classical Review, 21 October 2015
"Stephen Costello, as the Duke, sang with a bright tenor that seemed coated in Teflon. Smooth, dependable but emotionally nonreactive, his voice was perfectly suited to a character who remains impervious to the suffering he causes." Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times, 21 October 2015
"The principal singers were expertly cast, particularly the toothsome Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua. His debauched "dreamboat" provided him the perfect blend of drunk confidence. His "La donna e mobile" avoided cliche by exuding a sense of dark menace." Sacha Evans, Bachtrack, 25 October 2015

Donizetti

Anna Bolena (Riccardo Percy)

The Metropolitan Opera, New York

"The gifted young tenor Stephen Costello ... sang with robust sound and impetuous fervor." Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 27 September 2015

Verdi

La Traviata - Alfredo: 09 August 2015

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl

"Costello's Alfredo was deeper than some, more sensitive than most and vocally convincing."  Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 11 August 2015

Tucker Gala

Avery Fisher Hall

"In a deliciously comic scene with her husband and fellow Tucker Prize recipient, Stephen Costello, [Ailyn Perez] showed her sassy side, as Norina played hard to get in “Esulti pur la Barbara,” from “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Each revealed a perfect grasp of comic timing in acting and singing. 

Mr. Costello’s bright, ringing top notes came through in Gounod’s “Salut! Demeure chaste et pure,” from “Faust.”

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times, 18 November 2013

Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor

Canadian Opera Company, Toronto

"Stephen Costello’s Edgardo is another masterful performance, eschewing the standard romantic tenor for something rugged and more convincing. A bit of Glaswegian steampunk in his costume and a voice that rang out time and time again with purity and passion made for an unbeatable combination." Richard Ouzounian, Theatre Critic, 18 April 2013

Donizetti

La Fille du Regiment - Tonio

San Diego Opera

"Tonio’s nail biting “Pour mon âme” finds Costello hitting the nine high Cs with an introductory staccato adding a splendid, dramatic extension, and he effortlessly holds on to the concluding note with charismatic tenuto. It’s one the most memorable highlights of the opera."

ConcertoNet.com, January 2013
"Costello was completely convincing as Tonio, her suitor who joins the army just so her can marry her (then he runs up against the Marquise)."  U-T San Diego, 27 January 2013

Heggie

Moby Dick

San Francisco Opera

"Tenor Stephen Costello sang the role of Greenhorn – the Ishmael of the novel – with sympathetic tone and an attention to the character’s journey from innocence to experience."
Bachtrack, October 2012

Verdi

La Traviata - Alfredo

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

"The first cast ... lacked stage chemistry. But from the moment Ermonela Jaho meets her Alfredo in the form of Stephen Costello in her glittering salon, you sense the electricity between them...Jaho’s gestures and attitudes have an expressive grace for which Costello’s airy, boyish lyricism makes the ideal foil."

  The Independent, January 2012

Donizetti

Anna Bolena - Percy

Metropolitan Opera, New York

"and it was good to hear the young American tenor Stephen Costello back on ringing form.." The Sunday Times, October 2011
"As the hapless Percy, Anna’s former lover — and possibly husband — tenor Stephen Costello sang with fervent lyricism and coped extremely well with the many daunting high notes in the role." Washington Post, September 2011

Gounod

Romeo et Juliette

Opera Company of Philadelphia

"But the chief attraction is the casting of America's fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars in the title roles: tenor Stephen Costello and soprano Ailyn Perez. Young, attractive singers who are proud alumnae of the Academy's training program, they made the performance a memorable one.
 
Costello, winner of the 2009 Richard Tucker Award, is a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact. There's an unforced warmth and generosity to his sound, and his big aria, "Ah! Leve-toi, soleil!" ("Arise, o sun!") showed excellent control over phrasing and dynamics. Occasionally he pushes up to a high note from below — but once reached, those notes ring out excitingly."
Associated Press, February 2011
"Costello gave the type of solid performance that has earned him major roles at the Metropolitan, where he will be the leading tenor in next season's opening night Anna Bolena. The quality that differentiates Costello is his solid voice that retains a defined character no matter where he is on the scale. It is a bit baritonal, reminiscent of Plácido Domingo's sound. In addition, Costello employs stylish diminuendos and graceful, classy phrasing." Opera Critic, February 2011

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