Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo has signed a contract with Universal Music Group’s US-based classical label, Decca Gold.
Costanzo’s first album for the label will be released in the fall of 2018 and will include arias by Handel and works by Philip Glass. The album will be recorded this summer with Les Violons du Roy, conducted by Jonathan Cohen.
The works by Handel will include “Pena Tiranna” from “Amadigi di Gaula” and “Stille Amare” from “Tolomeo,” and selections from Philip Glass will include the “Hymn” from “Akhnaten.”
Frequent Philip Glass collaborator Michael Riesman will create brand new arrangements of other Glass works specifically for the album and there will also be a world premiere recording.
Costanzo noted, “For me, singing is about emotion, and both Handel and Glass generate a kind of cathartic drama, but often in completely different ways. With my voice and this wonderful orchestra bridging the gap between the two, I can’t wait to explore how these operatic emotions can impact a wide spectrum of listeners. It’s thrilling to create a project as daring as this with the collaboration and support of a major label like Decca Gold.”
Costanzo is an international opera singer who has been performing professionally since the age of 11 in opera, concerts, recitals, Broadway, and film. Next season the countertenor will sing the title role in “Giulio Cesare” with Houston Grand Opera, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and will perform at Opera Philadelphia in “Written on Skin.” He will also sing the title role in “Orfeo ed Euridice” at Florida Grand Opera and will appear in concert with Les Violons du Roy at the Festival d’Opéra de Québec. He is slated to bring his portrayal of Glass’ “Akhnaten” to The Metropolitan Opera in 2019.