Stephen Costello returns to the Metropolitan Opera to make his house role debut singing Alfredo in Willy Decker’s production of La traviata, conducted by Marco Armiliato.
Stephen commented: “I’m extremely excited to be singing Verdi for the first time at the Met. So many of the tenors that have inspired me have sung Verdi there, including the legendary Richard Tucker, and it’s amazing to think of myself following in such footsteps. I’m also very happy to be singing with Marina Rebeka, our Violetta, both at the Met and later this season at the Vienna State Opera… And of course it’s great to be singing again at the Met with conductor Marco Armiliato.”
In 2014 Stephen sang Alfredo in high-profile productions on both sides of the Atlantic, from San Francisco Opera to London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, alongside Ailyn Pérez as Violetta. Stephen returns to the Met next year to perform the role of Camille in a new all-star line-up of Lehár’s The Merry Widow by Broadway sensation Susan Stroman, with Susan Graham in the title role and Fabio Luisi conducting (four performances, 24 April– 7 May 2015). This season Stephen also returns to the Wiener Staatsoper as Alfredo, and returns to San Francisco Opera as Michele in La Ciociara.
Stephen’s opening night of Traviata at the Met is on 11 December 2014, with further performances on 16, 19, 22 and 27 December 2014.