American tenor Stephen Costello will make his house debut tomorrow at the Nationaltheater Mannheim as Rodolfo La bohème opposite fellow Askonas Holt artist, Anita Hartig. Stephen and Anita will appear as Puccini’s famous star-crossed lovers in Friedrich Meyer-Oertel’s classic production. Stephen is enjoying an extraordinarily successful season, following the recent release of his debut album 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 was released by Delos on 16 November to critical acclaim:
“At its most joyous, there is almost always a vein of wistfulness in bel canto, and 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
The 2018/19 season opened with Stephen’s role debut as Don José Carmen at Dallas Opera and a return to Semperoper Dresden as Rodolfo. After his Mannheim debut, Stephen will appear as Alfredo La Traviata at Hamburgische Staatsoper and in 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.
Find out more about Stephen’s house debut on the Nationaltheater Mannheim’s website.