Anthony Roth Costanzo leads World Premiere of ‘Glass Handel’

By Francisco Salazar

Anthony Roth Costanzo leads the world premiere to an innovative showcase entitled “Glass Handel.”

Per a press release from Opera Philadelphia ‘”Glass Handel’ is one of two innovative and thought-provoking world premiere productions that highlight O18, the second edition of Opera Philadelphia’s annual season-opening festival.” The new work will see Costanzo collaborate with producer Cath Brittan and avant-garde fashion/art company Visionaire as they bring the music of Handel and Philip Glass and present it alongside art, fashion, dance, and film.

Other collaborators for the showcase will include fine artist George Condo, fashion house Calvin Klein and designer Raf Simons, choreographer Justin Peck, ballet dancers David Hallberg, and Patricia Delgado, performance artist Ryan McNamara, and filmmakers including James Ivory, Maurizio Cattelan, Mickalene Thomas, and Mark Romanek.

The world premiere will also be Costanzo’s official launch to his solo album debut album for Decca Gold on Sept. 21, 2018.

“Glass Handel” will be staged on Sept. 22, 23 and 30 in the expansive Annenberg Court of Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation.