Musical Toronto by John Terauds
The Canadian Opera Company has been introducing Torontonians to many fine young singers over last few seasons. One of the vocal treats in Lucia di Lammermoor, which opens tonight, is American tenor Stephen Costello. Still only in his early 30s, he’s already making a mark on the world’s opera stages.
Costello sings the role of Edgardo in Gaetano Donizetti’s musically florid take on a Gothic horror story by Sir Walter Scott. This production, which comes to us from English National Opera in London, is directed by David Alden and stars equally young-and-talented American soprano Anna Christy as Lucia.
The Toronto production is promising because it is a showcase of the current fine state of bel canto singing.
I had a chance to sit down with Costello during a day off from rehearsals last week, and we dove right in to the subject of of bel canto opera and its unique vocal demands — of having to sing runs and trills that embellish the basic melody in pretty much every single aria.