Anthony Roth Costanza
Sunday April 22 3:00pm

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
with Ruckus

$20, $35, $50, $65

Overview

Join us for a captivating concert of cantatas by Scarlatti, Handel, and Vivaldi featuring the “utterly riveting” (The New York Times) and in-demand American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Appearing with the newly-minted period instrument ensemble Ruckus, this “bona-fide star” (New Yorker) will leave you breathless with every word and note. The program will also include instrumental works by Couperin, Saint Colombe, and Marais.

“Judged on purely vocal terms, Costanzo easily qualifies as a first-rate talent: his countertenor is strikingly expressive, with a sparkling soprano colour and spin to its sound.” — Opera News
Artists

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Ruckus
Elliot Figg, harpsichord
Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba
Clay Zeller-Townson, bassoon
Arash Noori, theorbo and guitar
Paul Holmes Morton, theorbo and guitar

Program

Couperin Les baricades mistérieuses (arr. by Ruckus)
Scarlatti O pace del mio cor, H. 495
Vivaldi Sonata for Cello No. 9 in G Minor, RV 42: Sarabanda, III
Vivaldi Qual per ignoto calle, RV 677

Sainte-Colombe Le Vielle
Purcell ‘Tis Nature’s Voice from Hail! Bright Cecilia, Z.328
Vivaldi Sonata for Cello No. 9 in G Minor, RV 42: Preludio, I
D’India Infelice Didone

Vivaldi Sonata for Cello No. 9 in G Minor, RV 42: Allemanda, II
Forqueray La Marella from Suite No.1 in D Minor
Handel Pena tiranna io sento al core from Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11
Handel Rompo i lacci from Flavio, HWV 16


 

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor

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Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway.

In the 2016 season, Mr. Costanzo makes his debuts at the Los Angeles Opera as the title role in Phillip Glass’ Ahknaten, the Finnish National Opera in Kaija Sariaaho’s Only the Sound Remains, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in performances of Messiah, and with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic as Prince Go-Go in performances of Le Grand Macabre, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Peter Sellars. He also produces and stars in his critically acclaimed show, Orphic Moments, at the Landestheater in Salzburg.

Mr. 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 Indian Queen and Ahknaten. He has also appeared in recent seasons with San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Real Madrid, Dallas Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera, The North Carolina Opera, and as a guest with Juilliard Opera.

A champion of new work, Mr. Costanzo recently created roles in the world premieres of Jimmy Lopez’ Bel Canto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Jake Heggie’s Great Scott at the Dallas Opera. He has also premiered works written for him by Matthew Aucoin, Paola Prestini, Gregory Spears, Suzanne Farrin, Bernard Rands, Scott Wheeler, Mohammed Fairouz, and Steve Mackey. In the spring of 2017 will premiere a new work by Nico Muhly in Boston.

In 2012, Mr. 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, where he also won the audience choice prize. He 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.

Mr. Costanzo graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University where he was awarded the Lewis Sudler Prize for extraordinary achievement in the arts and where he has returned to teach both a course and master classes. He received his Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music and won the Hugh Ross Award for a singer of unusual promise. 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.

 


Ruckus

Ruckus

Elliot Figg, harpsichord
Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba
Clay Zeller-Townson, bassoon
Arash Noori, theorbo and guitar
Paul Holmes Morton, theorbo and guitar

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Ruckus is a baroque band with a fresh, visceral approach to early music. The ensemble has already earned widespread critical acclaim: “achingly delicate one moment, incisive and punchy the next” (The New York Times), “superb” (Opera News). Ruckus’ core members are a continuo group, the baroque equivalent of a rhythm section: cello, bassoon, guitar, keyboard, and bass. The ensemble aims to fuse the early-music movement’s questing, creative spirit with the grit and groove of American roots music, creating a unique sound of “rough-edged intensity” (The New Yorker). In addition to performing concerts as a quintet, the ensemble regularly collaborates with guest soloists, both instrumentalists and singers.