This May, Stephen Costello returns to The Metropolitan Opera for Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Tony Award-winning Michael Mayer made his Met debut with a groundbreaking Vegas setting of Rigoletto that recast Verdi’s Duke as a Sinatra figure. This was the vehicle for Costello’s house debut in the role, when the New York Times praised his “bright tenor that … was perfectly suited to [the] character,” and the New York Classical Review – calling the staging “one of the great successes of the Peter Gelb era” – observed:
“The cast in this year’s production adds to Mayer’s concept, especially tenor Stephen Costello as the Duke. Costello is a fine Verdian tenor, with an ideal range and a rounded, colorful sound. … [He] sang the character, who must be attractive and repellent at the same time, beautifully.”
Stephen looks forward to reprising his portrayal of the Duke for the final performance of the run (May 10), with Nadine Sierra as Gilda, George Gagnidze in the title role, and Nicola Luisotti on the podium.
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