Anthony Roth Costanzo: Countertenor

01.11.14
Anthony Roth Costanzo
WQXR (Operavore)

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.