American tenor Stephen Costello will sing Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Münchner Philharmoniker on the 12, 13 and 15 April. Marking Stephen’s debut with the orchestra, Manfred Honeck conducts, with soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, contralto Wiebke Lehmkuhl and bass Christof Fischesser completing the quartet of soloists. The three performances will take place at the Philharmonie am Gasteig.
Stephen has had an extremely busy season so far, with successes as the Duke in Rigoletto in both Toronto and Dresden, and will reprise the role at Deutsche Oper Berlin (alongside Simon Keenlyside and Albina Shagimuratova) after his concerts in Munich. Verdi’s Duke is one of the roles on which Stephen has most decisively made his mark. In the Metropolitan Opera’s Vegas staging of Rigoletto, the New York Times praised his “bright tenor that … was perfectly suited to [the] character.” Likewise, at Houston Grand Opera, his Duke was hailed as “the sensation of the night” (Houston Chronicle), prompting Theater Jones to name him “one of the best lyric tenors in the business.”
Read more about Münchner Philharmoniker’s Stabat Mater here.