American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo has been named The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2021–22 season. The centerpiece of his activities is Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within, two consecutive weeks of programming he co-curated to reflect on questions of identity.
Since his professional debut at age 11, Anthony Roth Costanzo has 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.
Mr. Costanzo created and produced NY Phil Bandwagon, the innovative response to the pandemic that evolved over the 2020–21 season. The autumn venture presented wide-ranging repertoire, including World Premieres, in more than 80 impromptu chamber concerts across New York City’s five boroughs. In spring 2021 it evolved into festivals created with partner organizations throughout the city, utilizing the Philharmonic’s resources to center and amplify the voices of the community.
Despite 2020–21 season cancellations, Mr. Costanzo made virtual and live appearances with The Met, Lincoln Center, The Guggenheim Works and Process, Bang on a Can, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Phillips Collection, New York Pops Up, and others. This summer he makes his Santa Fe Opera debut in the title role of the world premiere of John Corigliano’s The Lord of Cries; next season he return to The Met to reprise his acclaimed performance as Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.
An exclusive Decca Gold recording artist, his first album, ARC, received a 2019 Grammy nomination. He also produced Glass Handel — the multi-disciplinary performance installation involving artists such as Tilda Swinton, George Condo, and Raf Simons — released as a visual album on Apple Music.
Mr. Costanzo created the roles of Jimmy López’s Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Jake Heggie’s Great Scott at Dallas Opera. He has premiered works written for him by Joel Thompson, Matthew Aucoin, Paola Prestini, Gregory Spears, Viet Cuong, Suzanne Farrin, Bernard Rands, Scott Wheeler, Mohammed Fairouz, Steve Mackey, and Nico Muhly.
He has created shows as a producer and curator for Opera Philadelphia, National Sawdust, Philharmonia Baroque, The Barnes Foundation, St. John the Divine, Princeton University, WQXR, The State Theater in Salzburg, Master Voices, and Kabuki-Za Tokyo. He played Francis in Merchant Ivory’s film A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (Independent Spirit Award nomination) and Simon in Brice Cauvin’s De particulier a particulier. He is the first countertenor to host Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts. He graduated from Princeton University and received his masters from Manhattan School of Music.