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Acclaimed countertenor performs in Pipino Series

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo will teach a master class and give a presentation as part of the Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series at Youngstown State University.

Costanzo has been described as “vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless” (The New York Times), “otherworldly” (The Wall Street Journal) and “a perfect musician” (Le Monde). Countertenors are men who have the vocal range of a woman alto. In the 1500s, men were castrated to maintain that range.

During his “Tiny Desk” concert on National Public Radio, Costanzo joked, “I’ve managed to do it without castration.”

Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and since has appeared in opera, concert, recital, film and on Broadway. His debut album, “ARC,” on Decca Gold was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award, and he was named Musical America’s 2019 vocalist of the year.

He has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Los Angeles Opera and Canadian Opera Company. In concert he has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra.

Costanzo is a grand finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and won first prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best debut performances for his work in the 1998 film “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries.” He graduated from Princeton University, where he has returned to teach, and he received his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

The presentation will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday and the master class starts at 4 p.m. March 4. Both events are free and online and can be accessed via the Pipino Performing Arts website — ysu.edu/Pipino.

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