Salon/Sanctuary Concerts

09.24.12
Anthony Roth Costanzo

By Sarah Hucal

Time Out says

Few singers have risen to notoriety as quickly as 30-year-old countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Ever since he won the 2012 Operalia competition and filled in for David Daniels during the Met’s production of The Enchanted Island last season, many opera buffs have become familiar with the silken-voiced singer. What may come as news, however, is Costanzo’s passion for interdisciplinary collaboration. Opening the fourth season of Jessica Gould’s popular Salon/Sanctuary Concerts series, which presents impeccably curated early-music performances in intimate historical venues, the rising divo will be joined by New York City Ballet principal dancer Jared Angle and Met associate conductor and harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire in a unique concert of Baroque music.

Located in a Greek Revival townhouse in Gramercy Park, the Players Club boasts lavish 19th-century decor that’s perfectly suited to the evening’s program, particularly its centerpiece, Vivaldi’s cantata Qual per ignoto calle. During this captivating narrative, Angle will perform original choreography by Troy Schumacher, involving the countertenor in dance movements and lifts seldom seen from an opera singer. (As of press time, Costanzo was still pondering whether or not to point his toes.)

Lively Handel arias, including “Rompo I lacci” (from Flavio) and “Vivi, tiranno” (from Rodelinda), will have Costanzo executing florid coloratura, while contemplative pieces such as Purcell’s “Music for a While” and “Evening Hymn” are certain to display his remarkable lyricism. Expect an engaging evening as these three talented performers bring early music out of the concert hall and into the drawing room.