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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, 18thJun 2015


July 2015

The tenor, a native of the City of Brotherly Love, gives ERIC MYERS an insider look at his hometown’s cultural and culinary highlights.

Less than 100 miles from New York, Philadelphia is a huge, sprawling city with a distinct vibe. Famously derided by humorists such as W. C. Fields and David Ives, and often dismissed by New Yorkers who have never even been there, Philadelphia is nonetheless a city with no inferiority complex. Featuring an elegant historic center ringed with lush, woodsy suburbs and gritty ethnic enclaves, it is one of the great melting pots, and it looks and feels like nowhere else. It also boasts some of the best classical music on the East Coast. Just ask tenor Stephen Costello, a Philadelphia native who goes back every chance he gets.

You can read the full interview in Opera News here


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