The fast-rising young tenor Stephen Costello came to national attention in 2007 when, at age 26, he debuted at the Met’s season-opening night and was quickly invited to appear again that same season. In 2009, he won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award. He subsequently made his debuts at a number of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals, including London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Salzburg Festival, and the Vienna State Opera. In 2010 he inaugurated the role of Greenhorn in the Dallas Opera’s acclaimed world-premiere production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby Dick.
Stephen Costello launched his 2011-12 season on September 26 with his second opening night performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where he reprised the role of Lord Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. The season-opening new production by David McVicar, featuring Anna Netrebko in the title role, marked the first time the Met has staged the work. The October 15 performance was transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the “Met: Live in HD” series. In January 2012, Costello made his company role debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In May 2012, he portrayed Rodolfo, and Costello’s wife, soprano Ailyn Pérez, plays Mimì in Los Angeles Opera's production of Puccini’s La bohème. Other engagements this season include Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville; Fritz in Mascagni’s L'Amico Fritz opposite Ailyn Pérez with the Moscow Philharmonic; and Alfredo in La Traviata, once again opposite Ailyn Pérez, with Cincinnati Opera.
Engagements in the 12/13 season and beyond include Ishmael in Moby Dick for San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at the Wiener Staatsoper and Washington National Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Canadian Opera Company, Alfredo in La traviata at the Hamburg State Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Percy in Anna Bolena at the Wiener Staatsoper, the Duke in Rigoletto and Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte for Houston Grand Opera, Des Grieux in Manon and Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Dallas Opera, as well as future appearances at the Metropolitan Opera New York.
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