‘Carmen’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

Stephen Costello begins the 2023/24 season starring as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Bizet’s composition reflects the vibrant and exotic atmosphere of Spain, while exploring themes of passion, jealousy, and destiny. Costello has previously been acclaimed for his performances as the troubled Don José with critics hailing:

“Stephen Costello’s Don José is proof positive that sometimes a fabulous voice can project a complex character without fancy stagecraft. His lyric tenor has matured into a powerful instrument with impressive dynamic range. He sings José’s aria — known as the “Flower Song” — with the unabashed honesty of a love-smitten man. From there, Costello projects José’s descent to obsessive madman and he does it brilliantly.” (City Beat)

Performances dates include September , , 30, and October 3. Daniele Rustioni conducts a star studded cast, including Aigul Akhmetshina as the title role, Alexander Köpeczi as Zuniga, Andrew Hamilton as Moralès, Erwin Schrott as Escamillo, Kevin Conners as Dancaïro, Liam Bonthrone as Remendado, Louise Foor as Frasquita, Xenia Puskarz Thomas as Mercédès, and Vuvu Mpofu as Micaëla.

Photo credit: Merri Cyr