The Musical Life: Open Wide

Anthony Roth Costanzo
The New Yorker (pdf)

Dressed in black, and carrying a frayed silver Kevlar-and-canvas shoulder bag, Anthony Roth Costanzo made his entrance at P.S. 37, in the Bronx, early one Monday morning just as first period was ending. "Getting kids engaged in what's emotional about opera—that's what I'm interested in," Costanzo said as he ascended to the second-floor auditorium entrance. Costanzo, who is thirty-one, is slight of build and vivacious of manner. He visits public schools as often as he can, as part of the Metropolitan Opera's education-outreach program. As a countertenor—he is appearing in "Die Fledermaus," at the Metropolitan Opera, in the role of Prince Orlofsky—he has what he calls "this built-in novelty factor."

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