BWW Interview: Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes an Art Bath

Anthony Roth Costanzo is taking a split from rehearsing Handel’s RHODELINDA at the Metropolitan Opera. He has a number of minutes to discuss about singing countertenor the two in opera and in popular new music. “Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi all wrote for countertenor – they were composing for castrati.” Luckily the generation of castrati finished, but, alas, so did composing for countertenor. “All the roles are before 1750 and soon after 1950.”

But there is certainly a single location, Costanzo factors out, the place the countertenor variety stayed alive – preferred audio. The 1950s and 1960s had been filled with countertenor vocal lines in musical teams (imagine The Seaside Boys and “Rag Doll”), and ” countertenor is falsetto. Prince applied it. So does Justin Bieber.” Costanzo himself is no stranger to well-liked tunes – he started off out in Broadway musicals and national tours, in THE Seem OF Songs, THE New music Guy, and, fittingly, in FALSETTOS, between other productions. Later arrived Princeton, and right after that, opera His Metropolitan Opera debut was in AKHNATEN by Philip Glass, and he’ll be returning to the part at the Satisfied later on this period.

The Satisfied barely requires up all of his time: he is also in residence at the New York Philharmonic, wherever all through the top of the pandemic he was ringing tunes to the boroughs on the back of a pickup truck. “I am enthusiastic to find new methods to carry tunes to men and women. There are so quite a few persons now who are so inventive with suggestions.”. He has also labored with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, and he praises their ingenuity with developing musical options.

In his spare time – where does he come across it? – he is been performing with the eternally imaginative Justin Vivian Bond, and they have produced both the present and the CD ONLY AN OCTAVE Aside, which opened at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Their collaboration covers everything from the Fantastic American Songbook to “Egyptian Solar” (you bear in mind it as “wander like an Egyptian.”) He likes creating his individual operate, not just for the publicity but for the vary of tips he can explore.

Appropriate now he is about to be at Artwork Bathtub, in the very first of quite a few month to month interdisciplinary arts situations at the Blue Building. ” Artwork Bathtub was started off by some of my Met colleagues on staying ready to provide different arts collectively and achieving new audiences. All people will be performing factors they you should not commonly do. I will be reviewing my musical theatre days and looking into jazz standards.”

Costanzo will be pursuing RHODELINDA at the Metropolitan Opera with the new manufacturing of AKHNATEN. He’ll.also be doing with Opera Baroque in Boston an at the Phillips Selection in Washington, DC.