ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway.
Among his engagements in the upcoming season, Costanzo sings the title role in Giulio Cesare with Houston Grand Opera, stars in staged performances of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, returns to Opera Philadelphia for Written on Skin, and sings the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice at Florida Grand Opera and appears in concert with Les Violons du Roy at the Festival d’Opéra de Québec. This past season, he appeared with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic as Prince Go-Go in Le Grand Macabre, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Peter Sellars. He also debuted at the Los Angeles Opera as the title role in Phillip Glass's Ahknaten, at the Finnish National Opera in Kaija Saariaho's Only the Sound Remains, and at the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in performances of Messiah.
Costanzo has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as both Ferdinand and Prospero in the world premiere of The Enchanted Island, as well as Prince Orlofsky in a new production of Die Fledermaus after making his debut as Unulfo in Rodelinda. He made his European debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in Rinaldo and has since appeared at the English National Opera in Ahknaten and The Indian Queen.
Passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration, Costanzo recently helped create two unique presentations of The Tales of Genji that incorporated traditional Kabuki, Noh actors, dancers and western music. He also created a pasticcio about castrati in collaboration with choreographer Karole Armitage and filmmaker James Ivory which was chronicled by the documentarian Gerardo Puglia. Costanzo played Francis in the Merchant Ivory film, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and Simon in Brice Cauvin’s De particulier a particulier.
In 2012, Costanzo won first place in Placido Domingo’s international competition Operalia. He is also a 2009 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He won a George London Award, received a career grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and became the first countertenor to win First Place in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCullom competition.
Costanzo graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University and received his Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music. In his youth, he performed on Broadway and in Broadway National Tours including A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music, and Falsettos. He began his operatic endeavors playing Miles in The Turn of the Screw, and with an appearance alongside Luciano Pavarotti.