Anthony Roth Costanzo: Countertenor

Audio not yet available
Email a Friend
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Anthony Roth Costanzo came up the theater ranks as a young kid. He started performing in local and regional theater productions around his home state of North Carolina, before taking on the Big Apple. It was in New York that he transitioned into opera and explored his potential as a countertenor. 

Over the years Costanzo, a young 31, has both battled taboos associated with countertenors and watched men with high singing voices, like Michael Jackson and Prince, rise to success. During his career he's also seen an influx of countertenor roles appearing on the world opera stage.

On this episode of Operavore with host Naomi Lewin, Costanzo talks about the rise of the countertenor and how his work on Broadway helped him to develop as an opera singer. Also on this week's episode, New York Post opera critic and Parterre Box editor James Jorden returns to talk about the shared legacy of Nellie Melba and Beverly Sills. Melba, the legendary Australian soprano, makes an appearance on season four of "Downtown Abbey," as played by Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

 

Anthony Roth Costanzo talks to 6th graders about opera, courtesy of Universal Music Classics. 

Playlist:

Broque pastiche devised and written by Jeremy Sams
The Enchanted Island “Forgive me, please forgive me”
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
William Christie, conductor
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera | January 12, 2012

George Frideric Handel
Tolomeo “Stille Amare”
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Cristina Stanescu, piano

George Frideric Handel
Flavio “Rompo i Lacci”
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Cristina Stanescu, piano

Johann Strauss II
Die Fledermaus “Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein”
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Regina Resnik, soprano
Decca 421046

Johann Strauss II
Die Fledermaus “Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein”
Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Gerhard Stolze, tenor
RCA Red Seal 61949

Johann Strauss II
Die Fledermaus “Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein”
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Adam Fischer, conductor
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera | December 27, 2013

Gaetano Donizetti
Roberto Devereux “Vivi, ingrato”
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Jussi Jalas, conductor
Beverly Sills, soprano
Millenium Classics UMD 80468

Giuseppe Verdi
La traviata “Dite alla giovine”
Nellie Melba, soprano
EMI Classics 585826-2

Manuel Ponce
“Estrellita”
New York Philharmonic
Andre Kostelanetz, conductor
Beverly Sills, soprano
Sony 60576