Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. He was recently awarded a GRAMMY, an Honorary Doctorate from Manhattan School of Music, a visiting fellowship from Oxford University, and the History Makers Award from the New York Historical Society. He is a distinguished visiting scholar at Harvard, a recipient of the 2020 Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera, a winner of the 2020 Opera News Award, and Musical America’s 2019 Vocalist of the Year.
This coming season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera in another title role, after two sold-out runs of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, as Gluck’s Orfeo. His season also includes a chamber concert with the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, his Paris Opera Debut in a new production of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel under the baton of the composer, a world premiere at Santa Fe Opera, solo recitals at the Kennedy Center and Boston Celebrity Series, a return to Madrid’s Teatro Real, his Wigmore Hall debut, performances at the new Perelman Arts Center in New York. Last season he was artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic, and artist-in-residence at Glimmerglass Opera, where he sang the title role in Rinaldo and performed with Natalie Merchant. He also returned to the Spoleto Festival USA for orchestra and chamber concerts, and he brought the show he created with Justin Vivian Bond, based on his second album for Decca Gold. His first album, with music by Glass and Handel, was nominated for a GRAMMY.
Costanzo has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Dallas Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Spoleto Festival USA, Glimmerglass Festival, and Finnish National Opera. In concert he has sung with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NDR at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and Philharmonia Baroque, among others.
He has performed at many different types of venues including Carnegie Hall, Versailles, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Minamiza Kyoto, Joe’s Pub, The Guggenheim, The Park Avenue Armory, and Madison Square Garden.
Costanzo works as a producer and curator in addition to performing, creating and producing the New York Philharmonic’s celebrated Bandwagon initiative during the Covid pandemic, as well as shows for The BBC Proms, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Opera Philadelphia, National Sawdust, Philharmonia Baroque, The Barnes Foundation, St. John The Divine, Princeton University, WQXR, The State Theater in Salzburg, Master Voices and Kabuki-Za Tokyo. To continue and expand these pursuits, he has received major support from the Mellon Foundation. He is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company. In film, he played Francis in the Merchant Ivory feature, “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries,” for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and sings in the recent feature film “She Came to Me” with Anne Hathaway. He also operatically launched the purple M&M in a national commercial.
Costanzo’s other awards include first place in the Operalia competition, a Grand Finals Winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a George London Award, a career grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and the first countertenor to win First Place in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCullom competition, where he also won the audience choice prize. He has also received a Sullivan Foundation Award, and won First Place in the Opera Index Competition, the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, and the Jensen Foundation Competition.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, where he has returned to teach, and received his Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he now serves on the board of Trustees. He is also on the board of National Black Theater.
In the Press:
Wall Street Journal Magazine — ARC / Glass Handel
NPR — Tiny Desk Concert
NPR — All Things Considered
Opera News — Cover Story
Anthony Roth Costanzo
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