ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, countertenor
BRYAN WAGORN, pianist
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023
7:30 PM at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
With his hauntingly plangent, immediately recognizable sound and riveting expression, Anthony Roth Costanzo has redefined what it means to be a countertenor star in the 21 st century. Whether inhabiting the title character in the Metropolitan Opera’s Grammy Award-winning production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, introducing world premieres of works composed for him by composers including John Corigliano and Gregory Spears at Santa Fe Opera and the New York Philharmonic, or starring in operas by Handel and other Baroque composers worldwide, Costanzo brings stylistic and communicative authenticity to all music he sings.
Program to include selections by Antonio Vivaldi, Gabriela Lena Frank, Joel Thompson, Giuseppe Verdi, and songs of Barbra Streisand.
Countertenor ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. He is a recipient of the 2020 Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera, and a winner of the 2020 Opera News Award.
This season, Mr. Costanzo returned to the English National Opera in his acclaimed performance of the title role in Akhnaten and to the Philharmonia Barqoue for Amadigi di Guala. He also made his debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, appears in a concert performance of John Corigliano’s The Lord of Cries in Boston and brings Only an Octave Apart, his critically acclaimed show with Justin Vivian Bond, to Wilton’s Music Hall in London.
Mr. Costanzo has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Dallas Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Spoleto Festival USA, Glimmerglass Festival, and Finnish National Opera.
In concert he has sung with the New York Philharmonic (where he was named The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2021-22 season), The Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Baroque, Berlin Philharmonic, NDR at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has also been presented in recital in Vancouver, Princeton University Concerts, Duke Performances, and at the Morgan Library in New York. He has performed at a wide-ranging variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Versailles, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Minamiza Kyoto, Joe’s Pub, The Guggenheim, The Park Avenue Armory, and Madison Square Garden. anthonyrothcostanzo.com
Canadian pianist BRYAN WAGORN serves as Assistant Conductor at The Metropolitan Opera and regularly performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as soloist, chamber musician, and recital accompanist to the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. He has appeared on major television and radio stations including Good Morning America, WQXR and CBC Radio, has performed in recital for the George London Foundation, the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Richard Tucker Foundation, and worked with artists such as Angel Blue, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Lise Davidsen, Eric Owens, Nadine Sierra, Karita Mattila, Joyce DiDonato, the New York Woodwind Quintet, and members of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony. He also performed as pianist in the Met’s Grammy winning production of Porgy and Bess.
A participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, Mr. Wagorn has also been engaged by the Ravinia and Glyndebourne Festivals, served on the faculty of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute led by Pinchas Zukerman, and Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra. He has been a guest coach at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, McGill, The Glenn Gould School, and at the Glyndebourne Festival’s Jerwood Young Artist Program. He made his solo recital debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2009, has performed two extensive tours with Jeunesses Musicales de Canada, and also appeared at the Library of Congress and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Wagorn is also on the advisory board of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation and the Time In Children’s Arts Initiative.
Mr. Wagorn holds degrees in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, the University of Ottawa, the Mannes College of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
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Campus Rentals Office and are not produced by the Kennedy Center.
“Vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
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