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La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera House

Costello... is the physical embodiment of his role.


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La Traviata at the Royal Opera House

American tenor Stephen Costello shows conviction in the role


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Gramophone Magazine | A te, o cara Review

Costello sounds as vocally fresh as a newcomer but with a greater understanding of text and style that puts him on new artistic ground.

Gramophone Magazine


Theater Jones | Q&A with Stephen Costello

Stephen answers questions about his role debut as Don José.

Theater Jones


Opera News | Open Book: Tenor Stephen Costello returns to the Met at the top of his game

"All-American Tenor"

Opera News


Classic Talk | Bing and Dennis sit down with tenor Stephen Costello.

New interview with Stephen Costello

Classic Talk


Arts & Culture Texas | Juicy roles bring Stephen Costello back to Dallas Opera

Stephen discusses Moby-Dick and upcoming role debut as Lensky in the season-opening production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

with Steven Brown


Opera Warhorses | Santa Fe Opera’s First-Ever Roméo: A Conversation with Stephen Costello

Stephen discusses his Santa Fe Opera debut in the title role of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

This place is completely different from everything I’ve done in opera...

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The Wall Street Journal | The 2016 Festival Season at the Santa Fe Opera Review

"Stephen Costello was a stunning Roméo, his tenor beautifully poised and free, ardent without pushing."

Heidi Waleson


Santa Fe New Mexican | Review: Gounod’s ‘Roméo et Juliette’ at Santa Fe Opera

"His gleaming tenor showed even warmth throughout his range, and his attention to the details of the score reflected a commendable attitude of deeply imbued musicianship."

James M. Keller


New York Classical Review | Met’s mobbed-up “Rigoletto” shines even more brilliantly the third time around

In his white dinner jacket, lounging around with a louche, narcissistic confidence, he was the personification of Johnny Fontane from The Godfather, the production sparking a cache of cultural memory and meaning.

George Grella


The Dallas Observer | How Dallas Fell In Love With Opera Star Stephen Costello

When Costello performed a preview of the show at the Amon Carter Museum, the Fort Worth Weekly reported that hearts were fluttering.

Lauren Smart

Feature | Stephen Costello is center stage at the Met as the Duke in Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’

Soon the new production caught on with first-timers and die-hards alike who had been leery of the Rat Pack subtext, until the grapevine informed that the concept really “worked.”

Richard Carter, The Examiner


Dinner Party Download | Stephen Costello Takes You From Michael Jackson to Verdi

In a production the New York Classical Review says, “Should remain in rotation for as long as people listen to Sinatra.”


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WRTI | Playing The Chairman of the Board… – in an Opera?

The singing seemed effortless. The high notes had a new sense of color. But there’s one thing tenor Stephen Costello didn’t learn about singing Rigoletto while a student at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts: how to act like Frank Sinatra.

David Patrick Stearns

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Los Angeles Times | Substitutes shine in ‘Traviata’ at the Hollywood Bowl

Costello's Alfredo was deeper than some, more sensitive than most

Los Angeles Times


Opera News |Road Show: Stephen Costello in Philadelphia

I’ve seen it go through a lot of artistic changes,” he says. “At one point, it was as if the arts were dead in Philadelphia. When Yannick Nézet-Séguin came in, it just revived the entire Philadelphia

Stephen Costello

Feature |Interview: Tenor Stephen Costello portrays Anne Boleyn’s fated first husband

The tenor shared his insights on Donizetti’s music, particularly his present role; Giuseppe Verdi’s style, an outgrowth of bel canto; and hardships he has faced.

Richard Carter

Feature | Talking Sinatra, stress, and separating with Stephen Costello

I've always had a fascination with Frank Sinatra. You have to have this aura about you, that you don't care what people think. He's kind of untouchable. . . .

Stephen Costello


The Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Part of an opera singer’s job description is to take on challenging, sometimes iconic, roles.

"It’s an event that the opera is billing as “the ultimate evening of cowboys and culture.”

Mark Lowry