Stephen Costello heads to Europe this summer for two prominent engagements, joining the Orchestre National de Lille for Verdi’s Requiem at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve, France (July 12), and reprising his Duke of Mantua opposite the Gilda of fellow Tucker Award-winner Nadine Sierra for a special televised, outdoor performance of Rigoletto in Hannover, Germany (July 22).
In May Costello made his house role debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. It was after seeing him in this signature role at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden that the Daily Express observed:
“Costello brought real depth to the part. This young American has risen rapidly to claim a place among the world’s best tenors and recent performances show that he has the acting abilities to match his wonderfully smooth and powerful voice.”
With Pavel Klinichev on the Bolshoi podium, the tenor starred opposite the Violetta of Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko – his recent co-star in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met – in Francesca Zambello’s celebrated production. While in the Russian capital, he also took time out to record a new album of solo arias under the baton of Constantine Orbelian, for release next season. These Moscow engagements followed a high-profile appearance in the Armenian capital, where Costello headlined the opening concert of the Yerevan International Music Festival. Earlier this season he starred in a Met double header, giving his signature portrayal of the Duke of Mantua in the company’s Rat-Pack themed Rigoletto and undertaking the title role of Roméo et Juliette, in which, as Opera magazine put it, he “made a stylish, vocally appealing Roméo, and a handsome one, too.”
July 12, 2017 – Villeneuve, France
Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre National de Lille at State Pierre Mauroy – More Info
July 22, 2017 – Hannover, Germany
Duca Rigoletto semi-staged televised outdoor concert at Maschpark Hannover with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover – More Info