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Performer: Stephen Costello

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New York CityRoberto Devereux

Met Opera
Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
Maurizio Benini; Sir David McVicar; Metropolitan Opera; Moritz Junge; Angela Meade; Jamie Barton

New York CityRoméo et Juliette

Met Opera
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Bartlett Sher; Metropolitan Opera; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Nadine Sierra; Stephen Costello

ParisFaustNew production

Gounod: Faust
Lorenzo Viotti; Tobias Kratzer; Opéra national de Paris; Rainer Sellmaier; Benjamin Bernheim; Stephen Costello
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Transcendental spheres: dancing Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Zurich

Giulia Tonelli © Gregory Batardon
Christian Spuck revisits Verdi’s sublime Messa da Requiem with a host of gifted dancers and singers at the Zurich Opernhaus.
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Staging on steroids: Verdi’s Rigoletto in Bregenz

Rigoletto at Bregenz © Karl Forster
Here was the much-loved three-act opera Rigoletto, yes, but chances are, it was one far beyond Verdi’s wildest dreams.
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Crisper, tighter, more relevant: Alden's Rigoletto at the COC

Roland Wood (Rigoletto) © Michael Cooper
Christopher Alden’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to Toronto tighter, more focussed and with fewer dramatic incongruities. Add to this that every aspect of the music making was top notch and it made for a fine evening at the theatre.
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Met hits the jackpot with revival of its Vegas Rigoletto

Stephen Costello (The Duke of Mantua) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The gambling tables and neon lights of Las Vegas might not be the images which immediately enter your head when you think of Verdi’s Rigoletto, but bold art is often created and progressed by the pushing of boundaries and by challenging audiences to reimagine the familiar.
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One eye wet and the other dry

Renée Fleming and Susan Graham © Winslow Townson
It would be no exaggeration to say Franz Hawlata stole the show, an act of grand larceny made all the more remarkable by the strong cast which shared the stage.
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