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.