American tenor Stephen Costello made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 singing Carlo (Linda di Chamounix) in concert. He has since returned to sing Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and Alfredo Germont (La traviata) for The Royal Opera.
Costello was born in Philadelphia and began his musical education as a trumpeter. He joined his high school chorus aged 17 in order to train his ears and improve his sight-reading, and soon afterwards decided to focus on singing for his undergraduate degree. Costello trained at the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts and made his professional debut as Rodolfo (La bohème) with Fort Worth Opera in 2006, and his debut with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor) the following year. He won the 2009 Richard Tucker Award and has performed widely throughout Europe and the USA with companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, San Diego Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His repertory includes Rodolfo, Alfredo Germont, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Percy (Anna Bolena), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Greenhorn (Heggie’s Moby-Dick, world premiere), Tonio (La Fille du régiment) and Gounod’s Faust.
Costello is married to the soprano Ailyn Pérez, whom he met while at the Academy of Vocal Arts. They give regular duet recitals and in 2014 released a CD of love duets.
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Q&A: Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello on dream roles, handling nerves and their partnership on-stage and off
8 May 2014
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Stephen Costello, Ailyn Pérez and Maurizio Benini © Neil Gillespie/ROH 2012
Stephen Costello as Alfredo and Ailyn Pérez as Violetta in La traviata © Neil Gillespie/ROH 2012
Ermonela Jaho as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo in Richard Eyre's La traviata © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012
Ermonela Jaho as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo in Richard Eyre's La traviata © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2011
Stephen Costello in Gianni Schicchi, The Royal Opera © ROH/Johan Persson, 2009