(Born 1982 Philadelphia, USA)
Stephen Costello is an American operatic tenor.
In his native Philadelphia he performed with the Fort Worth Opera playing the Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte, Fritz in L'Amico Fritz, Roberto in Le Villi, and Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon.
He made his European debut with Opéra National de Bordeaux as Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore in 2006 and in that same year he sang with the Dallas Opera as Leicester in Maria Stuarda and with Opera Orchestra of New York as the Fisherman in Guillaume Tell (his Carnegie Hall debut).
His debut with the Metropolitan Opera was in 2007 when he played Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor then he went on to play Cassio in Verdi's Otello at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 which was filmed. The Philharmonic Orchestra was led by Riccardo Muti and Marina Poplavskaya played Desdemona to Aleksandrs Antonenko's Otello.
In 2009 he won the Richard Tucker Award and since then has enjoyed a growing career in important houses around the world including Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
In 2010 Stephen Costello originated the role of Ishmael in the world premiere of Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick at the Dallas Opera.
He debuted at Covent Garden in 2009 playing Carlo in Linda di Chamounix and then followed that with a Camille at Lyric Opera of Chicago in The Merry Widow.
At the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow he sang Roméo in Roméo et Juliette which also became his debut role with the San Diego Opera.
Other notable roles Stephen Costello has added to his repertoire include Christian in Cyrano with Opera Company of Philadelphia the title role of Roberto Devereux at The Dallas Opera and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Spoleto Festival conducted by James Conlon.
In 2010 he sang Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and Cincinnati Opera, and at the Salzburg Festival he sang Romeo in Roméo et Juliette.
He also played Percy in Anna Bolena that same year, thereby portraying all three lead tenor characters in each of Donizetti's Tudor Operas within a 4-season span at the Dallas Opera.
Winning prizes and grants for further study Stephen Costello's future looks bright as one of a new breed of artists treading the boards of the opera stages.
He is pictured here with his wife Ailyn Perez (a soprano) playing Mimi to his Rudolfo in La Boheme. She recieved excellent reviews.