Stephen Costello makes his solo album debut

Award-winning tenor Stephen Costello makes his solo album debut with A Te, O Cara, a collection of bel canto arias by Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi. Recorded with Lithuania’s Kaunas City Symphony and Grammy-nominated conductor Constantine Orbelian, the disc is due for release by Delos on 16 November.

Dedicated to Stephen’s close friend, the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky, A Te, O Cara (“To you, oh dear one”) comprises a programme of arias from seven Donizetti operas – Anna Bolena, Don Pasquale, Don Sebastiano, La favorita, La fille du régiment, L’elisir d’amore, and Lucia di Lammermoor – punctuated with Parmi veder le lagrime from Verdi’s Rigoletto and the title track, A te, o cara, amor talora, from Bellini’s I puritani. Stephen explains:

“This is a really exciting moment in my career. I’ve been considering making a solo album for a while. I looked at it like curating my own concert, and the theme of bel canto arias began to emerge. Every aria is about love, and each one really expresses a different theme or aspect of love, ranging from fulfillment to longing, jealousy, and torture. We have all had these different ups and downs with love – love is sometimes our friend and sometimes our enemy – and although an aria may sound beautiful, it may be about the way love can torture your soul.”

The recording has garnered rave reviews and has already been named “Best Vocal Recital Disc of 2018” by Voix des Arts. The review continues:

“It is heart – the hearts of the characters whose music is sung, the heart of the singer bringing them to life, and the reactions of the listener’s heart to these performances – that makes this disc one to be celebrated as an important artist’s homage to the art that uplifts him. … A te, o cara is a disc in which smiles and tears meld with staggering verisimilitude. This is one of the glorious capabilities of music, and Stephen Costello brandishes it on this disc and on stage with vocal gold and artistic generosity.” Voix des Arts, October 2018

Theater Jones also writes, “like other great vocalists, he has the ability to take the familiar and put his stamp on it. … [An] auspicious and touching debut album.”

The 2018/19 season opened with Stephen’s role debut as Don José Carmen at Dallas Opera, a return to Semperoper Dresden, an appearance at Nationaltheater Mannheim as Rodolfo La Boheme, Alfredo La Traviata at Hamburgische Staatsoper and a new Michael Mayer production at The Metropolitan Opera, his Japanese operatic and role debut as Pinkerton Madame Butterfly for the New National Theatre Tokyo, and the Duke Rigoletto for the Bregenzer Festival.

Follow this link to listen to a preview track and pre-order the album.

A Te, O Cara

Stephen Costello sings bel canto
Label: Delos
Release date: November 16

Stephen Costello, tenor
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra
Constantine Orbelian, conductor

“Ah mes amis” from La fille du régiment
“Pour me rapprocher de Marie” from La fille du régiment

“A te, o cara” from I puritani

“Deserto in terra” from Don Sebastiano
“Quanto e bella” from L’elisir d’amore
“Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore
“Sogno soave e casto” from Don Pasquale
“Spirto gentil” from La favorita
“Vivi tu, te ne scongiuro” from Anna Bolena

“Parmi veder le lagrime” from Rigoletto

“Fra poco a me ricovero” from Lucia di Lammermoor

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