In the 2013/14 Season American tenor Stephen Costello sings Alfredo Germont in La traviata with The Royal Opera. He sang the role for the Company in the 2011/12 Season and has also appeared with The Royal Opera as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and Carlo (Linda di Chamounix in concert).
Costello was born in Philadelphia and began his musical education as a trumpeter. He joined his high school chorus at 17 years of age 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 since 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 recent roles have included Rodolfo, Alfredo Germont, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Percy (Anna Bolena), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Greenhorn (a role he created in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick), 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 appear together in The Royal Opera’s La traviata.
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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
The American singers answer your questions.
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 2011
Ermonela Jaho as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo in Richard Eyre's La traviata © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2012
Stephen Costello in Gianni Schicchi, The Royal Opera © ROH/Johan Persson, 2009