Stephen Costello Returns to Canadian Opera Company as Duke in Rigoletto, Opening Jan 20

After making triumphant, back-to-back house debuts in Paris and Dresden, Stephen Costello – “the all-American tenorat the top of his game” (Opera News) – returns to Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company to sing the Duke of Mantua, one of his most celebrated signature roles. Under the musical direction of Stephen Lord, the Tucker Award-winning tenor will be joined by Anna Christy’s Gilda and Roland Wood’s titular jester in Christopher Alden’s “powerful and hallucinatory” production (Financial Times) of Verdi’s Rigoletto (Jan 20–Feb 21).

Verdi’s Duke is one of the roles on which Costello has most decisively made his mark. In the Metropolitan Opera’s groundbreaking Vegas staging of Rigoletto, which saw the Duke modeled after Sinatra, the New York Times praised his “bright tenor that … was perfectly suited to [the] character.” Likewise, at Houston Grand Opera, Costello’s Duke was hailed as “the sensation of the night” (Houston Chronicle), prompting Theater Jones to name him “one of the best lyric tenors in the business.”

Looking forward to the Canadian Opera Company’s production, Costello reflects:

“Toronto is one of my favorite cities … and this particular production’s very special, because I get to work with a conductor friend of mine, Stephen Lord, who has watched me grow up over the years and has been a big supporter of mine. … Rigoletto incorporates so much great music – the famous ‘La donna è mobile,’ ‘Caro nome,’ ‘Cortigiani,’ and the famous quartet in Act III. … And I think that the Four Seasons Centre has one of the best acoustics that I’ve sung in as well. … I don’t think I could ask for a better situation!” 

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