On Friday 19 October, tenor Stephen Costello made his role debut as Don Jose in Carmen at Dallas Opera. His debut, which was met with rave reviews, begins an extraordinary season for Stephen.
“Vocally, Costello has never sounded better… There is evenness to his voice, without any change from top to bottom that is rare in singers these days. When he opens up to raw emotion and abandons his character’s usual control in the final dénouement with Carmen, he commands the stage and puts the audience on the edge of their seats.” Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones, 21 October 2018
Stephen is joined by an all-star cast and production team that includes Conductor Emmanuel Villaume, Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Carmen), Alexander Vinogradov(Escamillo) and Vanessa Vasquez (Micaela). Performances run until the 4 November; more information can be found here.
On 16 November, Stephen will release his latest solo album, A te, o cara on Delos Music. Recorded with Constantine Orbelian and the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, the album is dedicated to Stephen’s close friend, the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Listen to a preview of the album below:
Further ahead, Stephen will return to Dresden Semperoper and appear at Nationaltheater Mannheim as Rodolfo in La bohème, Alfredo in La traviataat Hamburgische Staatsoper, appear in a new Michael Mayer production at The Metropolitan Opera, make his Japanese operatic and role debut as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly for the New National Theatre Tokyo, and perform the role of the Duke in Rigoletto for the Bregenzer Festival.