Tenor Stephen Costello has firmly established himself as one of the current generation's most outstanding artists. He came to national attention in 2007 when, aged 26, he debuted at the Met's season-opening night and was quickly invited to appear again that same season. In 2009, he won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award and subsequently made his debuts at a number of the world's most important opera houses and music festivals, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Salzburg Festival, and the Vienna State Opera.
Costello launched his 11-12 season with his second opening night performance at New York's Metropolitan Opera, in the role of Lord Percy in Donizetti's Anna Bolena. The season-opening new production by David McVicar, featuring Anna Netrebko in the title role, marked the first time the Met has staged the work. The performance was transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the "Met: Live in HD" series. In January 2012, Costello made his company role debut as Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in May 2012, he sang Rodolfo alongside his wife, soprano Ailyn Pérez, as Mimì in Los Angeles Opera's production of la bohème.
In the 12/13 season, engagements included Ishmael in Moby-Dick for San Francisco Opera, Rodolfo in la bohème at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, his role debut as Tonio in La Fille du Regiment for San Diego Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Canadian Opera Company, and Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at the Wiener Staatsoper, as well as a gala concert for the Richard Tucker Foundation in New York's Avery Fisher Hall.
Mr Costello's engagements in the 13/14 season and beyond include Alfredo in La Traviata in Hamburg as well as at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, and San Francisco Opera; Ishmael in Moby-Dick and Nemorino in The Elixir of Love (L'elisir d'amore) at Washington National Opera; Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore and Percy in Anna Bolena at the Wiener Staatsoper; the Duke in Rigoletto in Hamburg and for Canadian Opera Company; the Duke in Rigoletto and Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte for Houston Grand Opera; Des Grieux in Manon and Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Dallas Opera; Romeo in Romeo et Juliette in Santa Fe, as well as his returns to San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and numerous future appearances at the Metropolitan Opera New York.